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Israeli official: Obama’s missile defense move good for us

This angle hadn’t occurred to me: The head of the Israeli Space Agency says that the Obama’s decision to scrap the deployment of land-based missile defense systems to Eastern Europe is good for Israel. He explains that Israel benefits when U.S.-Russian relations improve: “Thus far, American attempts to stop the development of an Iranian nuclear ...

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This angle hadn't occurred to me: The head of the Israeli Space Agency says that the Obama's decision to scrap the deployment of land-based missile defense systems to Eastern Europe is good for Israel. He explains that Israel benefits when U.S.-Russian relations improve:

"Thus far, American attempts to stop the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb have not succeeded -- partially because the Russians have not cooperated with their efforts," he explained. "It is possible that because of this concession -- and it is a concession, even if the Americans said that it was not -- the Russians will be more helpful on Iran and will more support the American initiative." 

This angle hadn’t occurred to me: The head of the Israeli Space Agency says that the Obama’s decision to scrap the deployment of land-based missile defense systems to Eastern Europe is good for Israel. He explains that Israel benefits when U.S.-Russian relations improve:

“Thus far, American attempts to stop the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb have not succeeded — partially because the Russians have not cooperated with their efforts,” he explained. “It is possible that because of this concession — and it is a concession, even if the Americans said that it was not — the Russians will be more helpful on Iran and will more support the American initiative.” 

I also wonder if he believes that having Europe feel a pang of the vulnerability Israel feels about Iran might improve Israel’s international position.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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