Strategic Partnership between USA and Israel

Last week, during a visit to the Middle East that seemed to be aimed at keeping everyone happy, US President Joe Biden signed a US-Israel Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration that confirmed ‘The enduring commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.’

It included the statement that:

‘Our countries further reaffirm that the strategic US-Israel partnership is based on a bedrock of shared values, shared interests, and true friendship. Furthermore, the United States and Israel affirm that among the values the countries share is an unwavering commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and the calling of “Tikkun Olam,” repairing the world.’

But a significant question that arises is how the United States will meet the commitment it made, ‘never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon’, even if it is prepared to use ‘all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.’

A hint of the scale of that challenge is the planned meeting on Tuesday in the Iranian capital, Tehran, of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Observers think there is much more at stake in that meeting than simply resolving differences in Syria.

Alongside that comes an open admission from Iran that it is capable of building a nuclear bomb – something they have previously said was never their intention.