Joint U.S.-Israel drill postponed to ‘defuse Iran tensions’

It sounds like the 2012 Netanyahu-led anti-Obama campaign got ahead of the administration when framing this story. Obama wants to defuse tensions with Iran and the Pentagon is hamstrung by budget cuts — the GOP candidates are going to love this one.

Ynet reports: A major joint Israel-US military drill, which was set to take place in a few weeks time with the participation of thousands of IDF and US army soldiers, has been postponed by at least six months, Ynet reported Sunday

The decision was made by Defense Ministry officials in coordination with the Pentagon.

A number of global media outlets said the exercise will likely take place in the summer – at the earliest.

Israeli officials said the Americans asked to delay the drill so as not to heighten tensions with Iran over its nuclear program and avoid draw any additional attention from the Arab countries during such a turbulent period.

Security establishment officials said the decision was also related, in part, to budgetary concerns.

The decision to postpone the drill comes after the US condemned last week’s assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran and after US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the recent developments in the Islamic Republic.

Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet’s military analyst, said Washington is looking to defuse tensions in the region following Iran’s military exercise in the Strait of Hormuz and the raid by Iranian protesters on the British Embassy in Tehran.

The Americans also hope the economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran will force it to engage in talks over its nuclear program, he said.

According to Ben-Yishai, the decision to delay the drill is also related to financial concerns. Washington has cut its defense budget for 2012 by $450 billion dollars – a move which is aimed at helping the US tackle its national debt, which has affected the country’s credit rating.

During the drill, which just a few days ago was dubbed as the largest drill joint US-Israel exercise ever, the countries were set to test air-defense capabilities, as well as test-fire new missiles.

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3 thoughts on “Joint U.S.-Israel drill postponed to ‘defuse Iran tensions’

  1. rosemerry

    Other sources do not know the reason for the cancellation/postponement. Has Obama finally woken up to the terrible danger Israel is leading us all into? (see your previous post-frightening). I hope that some really firm decision will stop Israel’s rush to destruction. The USA has done far too much already against Iran; the sanctions and the latest cruel economic interference to destroy Iran’s currency are already war crimes, completely unjustified.

  2. Norman

    Perhaps a bit out there, but given that the “O” signed that item giving the Military the O.K. to arrest & detain indefinitely any American thought to be a terrorist, might they possibly have mentioned a “Coup” ? A very real possibility! Besides, the Israelis seem to be pulling out all the stops, so we shall see if a false flag takes place against a U.S.Navel ship, which if it happens, the American troops just might be in a position to arrest any Israelis too. Just a thought.

  3. Christopher Hoare

    It seems to be getting to the point where the only way the US can avoid being pulled into a new Middle East war orchestrated by Israel is by instituting a strong and pointed dissociation from some Israeli and GOP sacred cows. Perhaps it’s time for the administration to lean on some of the treacherous US media to start writing and speaking to America’s interests. Perhaps it is also time for Obama to quit speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

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