Many recent discussions about America's policies concerning Israel and the Middle East in general have started with aid flotillas to Gaza and what happened with them. It all has got a lot to do with the changing American feelings. The long-time discussion balance in America concerning the policies in the Middle East is clearly somewhat shifting.
It became best evident with the case of Helen Thomas, known as Dean of the White House Press Corps. Helen Thomas submitted her resignation, effective immediately, after comments the legendary White House reporter made recently about the Jewish people, telling them to "get the hell out of Palestine."
And there are definitely new discussions going on in Israel, too.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel's legitimacy is being attacked, during a Knesset discussion on Israel's collapsing international status. 'We know that the attacks on Israel are threatening its existence, since we constantly hear people saying 'go back to Poland or Morocco'. They are essentially telling us to dismantle the Zionist enterprise.' "
That is from Haaretz:
Netanyahu: Israel's legitimacy is under attack
The prime minister speaks at a Knesset discussion on Israel's collapsing world status, and calls on the PA president to enter direct peace talks.
By Jonathan Lis and Haaretz Service
In reality even practical main policies of Americans concerning the Middle East situation might be changing now, not only public feelings over the policies.
The key point to understand is the role of Iran in the Middle East. In overall the plan of neocons of America was originally to treat Iran the same way as was done with Iraq. To occupy the country to get the permanent access to Iran's oil. But Iran was much more difficult to attack than Iraq.
In my view the turmoil concerning Iran's relationship with Israel was purposefully created by some American politicians who wanted to start the war against Iran. They created the problem to Israel, because Americans couldn't easily again declare the war against the nation, which hadn't attacked them (even if they have done so in the recent past against Afghanistan and against Iraq) so they were trying to get Israel to do the first attack, and in general to use Israel as one of their main bases in the fight. After Israel's attack Americans would join to defend Israel from Iran's counter attacks. Israel alone couldn't win the war against Iran. Iran wouldn't stay silent, but would hit back and hard. Furthermore Iran has got allies like Hezbollah and Hamas near Israel.
I think that both recent wars, the war in Lebanon against Hezbollah and the war in Gaza against Hamas were purposefully planned and arranged to prepare for the war against Iran.
From the military viewpoint Americans (and Israel) lost both those wars. Hezbollah was able to show that they can get in their hands such accurate missiles, which can hit any place in Israel. In Gaza Israel (and Americans, who supplied the bombs) tried by bombing to close tunnels, which could be used to bring advanced missiles and other weapons to Gaza. Some tunnels are still there.
The recent aid flotilla incident is a part of 'the game', too. Israel is suspicious of the aid ships that they could be used for supplying weapons to Gaza. Israel had declared the blockade, so the people in the ship knew that Israelis would come to the ships to inspect them. It would be too naive to expect that all the people in the ships were just peace activists. It was too easy to put there other kinds of people, too.
The encounter in the aid ships Israel and Americans seem to have lost, too. The role of Turkey is crucial. Now the ally of Americans and Israel, Turkey seems to be shifting away from the alliance, which was already inconvenient, because they have got close ties with Iran, too.
The plans and policies of Obama's administration for the Middle East are not really clear yet.
But there are signs that Americans might be going back to military options.
1) During the Obama's administration time Americans have already moved their attack weapons meant against Iran to Diego Garcia.
Bunker Buster Bombs Ship to Diego Garcia: War Preparations Against Iran?
17 March 2010, 12:30 am
By Rob Edwards
2) And Israel is now preparing to use Saudi Arabia's air space to fly to Iran:
From The Times
June 12, 2010
Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites
I wrote above: 'Americans might be going *back* to military options during the Obama's administration time', because it seems that Bush already once rejected Israel's plan to attack.
"Bush administration was particularly alarmed by an Israeli request to fly over Iraq to reach Iran’s major nuclear complex at Natanz, where the country’s only known uranium enrichment plant is located.
The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily. But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama."
The above quotation is from:
U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site
By DAVID E. SANGER
Published: January 10, 2009
The New York Times
It remains to be seen if Obama will continue the covert program of Bush, or if he will try another kind of diplomacy, or of he will... start still another war. Against Iran.
As I wrote above, the recent wars and encounters, where Israel and Palestinians have been involved, the war in Lebanon, the war in Gaza, the aid flotilla incident; all of them were related to the American plans what to do with Iran.
Palestinians, people of Israel and Iranians, too have become victims of American empire dreams.