On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have warmer relations now that the president is less naive.
“I think one of the reasons that there is new warmth or an effort to project is [that] Obama has abandoned the naive view he had when he came to office that he could remake the Middle East and restart negotiations, and that there was a realistic chance of actually having an agreement,” Krauthammer said. “And even though there remains a difference over what is the red line with Iran, the fact [is] that Obama seems to have recognized Israel might have to strike earlier.”
Krauthammer said Israel will still attempt to strike Iran’s nuclear program if it thinks it has the ability.
“Look, I have been — for years, I thought the Israelis have to strike at some point. And if they don’t, it would be because they may have calculated that they do not have enough to severely destroy or severely set back the program Iran has, and then it’s all a bluff. But short of that — if Israel has the capacity and thinks it does, I think it will strike if nothing happens, and I don’t see developments in any of these negotiations.”