Israel has been watching the “Arab spring” with some trepidation, according to Ted Koppel:
It is provocative, but not entirely inaccurate, to suggest that U.S. foreign policy these past few months has been sufficiently erratic to make America’s allies reconsider the degree to which we can be trusted—and our adversaries re-evaluate the degree to which we must be feared.
The canary in the coal mine on such matters is Israel. None of America’s allies is more sensitive to even the most subtle changes in the international environment, or more conscious of the slightest hint of diminished support from Washington…
Overshadowing all other concerns is the fear that Iran is poised to reap enormous benefits from the so-called Arab Spring. “Even without nukes,” one top official told me, “Iran picks up the pieces. With nukes, it takes the house…”
The Israeli government is so concerned that America’s adversaries may miscalculate U.S. intentions that it is privately urging Washington to make it clear that the U.S. would intervene in Saudi Arabia should the survival of that government be threatened.
You read that right. US ally Israel is urging the US to intervene in support of US ally Saudi Arabia, a country that refuses admission to anyone who has an Israeli stamp in their passport.
Now read the whole thing.