In handling Iran, covid, Bennett’s hands are tied by airtight sync with US

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DebkafileAt last, the Biden administration can rest quietly, knowing that Israel’s new government won’t rock the alliance by a surprise attack on Iran or its Lebanese minion, Hizballah.

I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.: Ez. 38:12

Since June, the unpredictable Binyamin Netanyahu has been safely tucked away on the opposition benches. Against his advice, the trio that succeeded him, prime minister Naftali Bennett, foreign minister Yair Lapid and defense minister Benny Gantz, have committed to check first with Washington before resorting to action against those hostile forces. It is moreover understood that in the event of a midnight call on an attack by Iran or Hizballah, from Jerusalem to Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin, Israel will be told to hold its horses on retaliation for fear of derailing the administration’s plans for nuclear talks now tentatively timed for mid-September.

The Biden administration is set inflexibly on this course in although the prospects are dim of diplomacy with Tehran reaching any successful culmination. Read More