The new diplomatic effort between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Iranian regime fronted by President Hassan Rouhani continues, with Iran canceling its annual anti-Israel conference as a sign of goodwill. Israel, however, which is highly skeptical of Iran’s intention, has been holding long-distance refueling exercises of the sort that would be necessary in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, signaling its willingness to act alone.
On the diplomatic front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to convince European nations not to drop sanctions against Iran, which he argues are the only reason Iran has changed its tone (if not its policy). Meanwhile, even as it appears ready to welcome more international nuclear inspections, Iran is busily hiding more of its nuclear facilities, according to dissidents. It has also stepped up its support for terror.
Two-thirds of Jewish Israelis do not trust Obama on Iran–and they are not alone. The Saudi monarchy is reportedly frustrated by U.S. efforts to reach out to Iran, believing Iran will continue on a nuclear path. Already, the Saudis have differed openly with Obama on Egypt, where they back the military regime. Israeli-Saudi cooperation on Iran has been mooted before. As both despair of Obama, it could yet become a reality.