Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Could U.S.-Israel Ties Crumble Over Iran?

The strategic relationship between Israel and the United States could collapse amid their dispute over Iran.

In three simulations conducted in Israel and the United States, relations between the two countries declined rapidly amid a dispute over a response to Iran's nuclear weapons program. The simulations envisioned a diplomatic crisis as Washington sought to stop Israel from attacking Iran.

"The United States was unwilling to use military force or support Israeli military action even after other measures failed," a report on the three simulations said. "U.S.-Israeli relations deteriorated dramatically."

The report by the Washington Institute, titled "Serious Play: War Games Explore Options on Iran," reviewed the war games conducted by three leading Western strategic institutes.

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