US-Israel Relations in a Changing Middle East - Blackwill, Ross & Yadlin
www.washingtoninstitute.org Ambassador Robert Blackwill, Ambassador Dennis Ross and Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin (IDF, ret.) said that Israel remains an important strategic asset for the United States. "The US and Israel share key vital interests in a fast-changing region with multiple dangers and threats to both," Ross said during a plenary session of The Washington Institute's Weinberg Founders Conference. Blackwill, a former deputy national security advisor, echoed this sentiment, saying that the rise of Islamists following the Arab Spring and the security threat of a nuclear Iran has made the relationship between the two countries as valuable as ever. He expressed concern that Israeli action against Iran could cause a significant crisis in US-Israeli relations if it forced Washington to intervene and engage in a prolonged military conflict. Ross, a former special assistant to President Obama and a key foreign policy advisor in several administrations, said that the United States and Israel must demonstrate that every option was considered before taking military action against Iran in order to ensure that the international community will support continued sanctions after a strike. Military action alone, without continued diplomacy, Ross argued, will not be enough to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in the long term. While both allies share the strategic goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Yadlin said, the United States and Israel have ...