Israel will enforce its blockade of the Gaza Strip, regardless of the price, because the alternative would be “disaster,” the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said as another boat carrying activists challenged the restriction.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren , said his country is still seeking 20 additional F- 35 fighter jets even after the failure of a U.S. offer to provide the planes in exchange for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.
Incentives offered by the Obama administration to Israel may allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push through his Cabinet a limited renewal of the freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said.
Israeli officials are warning they might have to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, perhaps even before the U.S. presidential election in November. Israel’s concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran are well-founded, but this speeding up the timeline on a potential strike is ill- judged.