October 2, 2012 - Israelâ€™s attack
might not have the backing of the United States
but seems to have a Muslim
ally in the region.
"go-it-alone" to attack Iran's nuclear sites has been the talk of the world in recent years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
showed impatience, saying Tehran
is just one year of a "red line" for nuclear capacity. Many fellow Israelis, however, fear that a unilateral attack and the absence of U.S. forces would not be wise against an enemy so large and remote.
But what if, even without Washington, Israel
was not alone?
Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former Soviet republic in the northern border of Iran, has, according to local sources, with knowledge of its military policy, explored with Israel
how Azeri air bases and drones could help Israeli
planes attack the long range target.
That is far from the massive firepower and diplomatic cover that Netanyahu wants from Washington. However, to address key weaknesses in any Israeli war plan, particularly on refueling and reconnaissance and rescue teams, such an alliance could tip Israeli thinking about the possibility of acting without U.S. help.
It may also have broader violent side effects as Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, would risk damaging the energy industry in which his wealth depends on, or Islamists who dream of knocking down his dynasty, for supporting Israel.