In The Irish Times this week an interesting story about US president elect, Barack Obama turned up as an eight line story under the headline ‘Obama to offer Israel nuclear umbrella.’  It seems that, according to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, Barack Obama has given assurances to the jewish state that in the event of an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel, the United States will respond with a nuclear strike against Iran.

Now, there’s change you can believe in.

I have said privately for quite some time that Barack Obama’s election will make very little difference to American foreign policy, particularly American Middle East policy.

Still, it must be comforting if you are living in or around Tel Aviv to know that if Iran, a country which does not possess nuclear weapons, was to launch a nuclear attack on your country, Israel, which does have nuclear weapons, then the country which gave you those nuclear weapons, in flagrant breach of nuclear non-proliferation treaties, will save you the bother of wasting a couple of warheads by taking out several hundred thousand citizens of  Tehran on your behalf.

Change you can believe in.

No mention, however, of America’s intended reaction to an Israeli first strike, with American nuclear weapons, on Iran.



Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.