It’s Literally Not a Green Light!
Real quick before the military commissions hearings begin: Laura Rozen has a detailed post about why Vice President Joe Biden’s “we will not prevent” line about an Israeli strike on Iran was not only not a green light for an attack, it was a warning to the Israelis against one:
“Some in the [Israeli] media are portraying [Biden's comments] as a 180-degree switch and as an indication that the administration is beginning to realize that ‘engagement’ may not work,” said former Israeli Consul General to the United Nations Alon Pinkas. “That it is absolutely NOT a change, and if anything, it should be interpreted as a bad sign rather than a positive encouragement.”
Biden’s message “is the absolute worst-case scenario from Israel’s policy-planning perspective,” Pinkas elaborated. “‘We will not prevent’ means the U.S. will neither support nor encourage [Israeli attacks on Iran] or in other words, ‘Do what you think is appropriate, but bear the consequences.’”
Additionally, Eli Lake reports for the Washington Times that the Netanyahu government doesn’t even want to ask the Obama administration for permission to strike Iran because it suspects the answer will just be no.