Israel has accused the United States of projecting weakness internationally and said it could not rely on its main ally to take the lead in confronting Iran over its nuclear programme.
Defence minister Moshe Yaalon, whose remarks were reported in the Haaretz daily, caused friction with the United States only two months ago when he described Secretary of State John Kerry’s quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
His latest comments, confirmed by an Israeli official who was present at a lecture Mr Yaalon delivered at Tel Aviv University yesterday, displayed deep disappointment with U.S. President Barack Obama’s handling of burning world issues.
‘We had thought it would be the United States that would lead the campaign against Iran,’ said Yaalon, who pointed to the Ukraine crisis as an example of Washington ‘showing weakness’.
He added: ‘If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman.
‘I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.’