At Monday’s New York Meeting, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Daniel Pipes said that the Obama administration is focused on the “minutiae of the Israeli/Palestinian relations, say for example the electricity grids in Jerusalem” to the exclusion of more pressing and potentially explosive issues.
Pipes listed “a brutal civil war in Syria, an Egyptian economy close to collapse, the Iranians sprinting toward nuclear weapons” as critical components in a robust Middle East policy, that are just not being serviced by the US. Instead, President Obama is focused on “what arguably is the least dynamic and interesting problem in the region, and one that’s simply irrelevant to most issues today.”
On the prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons, Pipes says that Israel “sees this as an existential issue, and might well undertake an attack on the Iranian nuclear facilities even without American support.”
Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum and publisher of the Middle East Quarterly has spent his professional career researching and documenting the Middle East.