President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a famously testy relationship, particularly when it comes to Obama’s hesitance to back a potential attack on Iran. Netanyahu wants to know when the time will be right to use force against Iran’s nuclear weapon program.
He has asked the question so well that it has been turned into a US Presidential Election TV advert. The advertisement ends with the words: "The world needs American strength. Not apologies." Given that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has repeatedly blamed Obama for apologizing for America; it is not rocket science to understand whom the ad is backing.
However, it also outlines an important fact that Israel’s head of state for the first time is trying to play a role that has not gone unnoticed in influencing the upcoming US Elections. As a matter of fact, the question being asked is which regime is more important to overthrow — the one in Washington, or in Tehran?
Below are a few of reasons as to why Netanyahu will not be able to obtain his desired results.
1. Mitt Romney has proved himself an incompetent candidate
Everyone knows that Mitt Romney and Netanyahu share an old bond of friendship. The two worked together at the Boston Consulting Group in the 1970s. Moreover, Romney’s visit to Tel Aviv in July helped him in collecting funds for his campaign behind closed doors. Hence, there are speculations that Netanyahu might want to intervene to rescue his old friend. But, with each passing day as America nears towards elections, Romney is becoming increasingly self-destructive. His list of gaffes from leaked videos to airplane windows is endless. Betting on a player like this will definitely be counterproductive. But, in the game of friendship you can openly afford loses.
2. Jewish Americans are also concerned about the economy
No matter how many times Netanyahu emphasizes the threat posed by Iran to the US, some ground realities will not change. And one of them is that Jewish Americans are equally if not more concerned about the economy and other vital issues.
According to a recent survey conducted by the AJC top four issues listed by Jewish Americans’ included economy, health-care, taxes and national security.
3. US does want to open another war front at this time
In the ongoing Israel-Iran drama some think that Netanyahu wants assurances that if Israel doesn’t act before US elections, there will be an American action after it.
However, Obama in such conditions is not ready to give any assurance, in public or private, primarily because it can cost him the elections. Any attempt by Obama to side with Netanyahu’s obsession of war can easily withdraw public support for him.