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.
The U.S. warned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas it may withhold aid if he dismantles his government in response to stalled peace talks, while Israel criticized his renewed efforts to reconcile with the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the U.S. and its allies will probably impose a “no-fly zone” over Syria and take other “more aggressive action” against the Syrian regime.
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.
Israel’s U.S.-funded anti-missile system, known as Iron Dome, appears to be effective against short-range, unguided rockets used by Hamas, according to U.S.- based analysts who follow missile defense issues.