As Israel and Iran stand on the brink of a military confrontation of Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli papers are reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has received assurances from the government of President Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that in the event of a war between Israel and Iran, America will join the fight.
Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reported on Monday that the assurances were brought directly to Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak in secret messages delivered to senior officials in the Prime Minister’s office. The news was delivered through officials close to Obama and from Romney political advisers as well as Republicans who served in senior roles in former administrations and are expected to serve in important roles again if Romney is elected.
Israel takes the assurances to mean that at the very least the U.S. military will provide a “protective umbrella” to Israel if Iran should decide to launch conventional or non-conventional missiles at the Israeli homefront. They will also help Israel in case Iran’s proxies Hezbollah and Hamas decide to join the fight with missile barrages.
Israel has received similar messages from its US ambassador Michael Oren.
The assessments also include messages that President Obama will not be able to ignore any attack on Iran from Israel or his reelection prospects become distant. It also stand to reason that the President will not be replaced if he is leading the US military at a time of war according to israelnationalnews.com.
Netanyahu and Obama are scheduled to meet on September 27 at the United Nations General Assembly meeting at UN headquarters in New York.