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Israel is not the threat, Mr. Obama. Iran is.

The Obama administration appears to be conducting a campaign of leaks to the media to stop Israel from attacking Tehran's nuclear program. It seems Obama fears an Israeli military strike more than he fears Iran achieving nuclear-weapons capability.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with President Obama at the United Nations in New York in this September 21, 2011 file photo. Op-ed contributor John Bolton says the Obama administration is undermining Israel at nearly every turn. Recent case in point: leaks to Foreign Policy magazine that Israel had secured basing rights from Azerbaijan for possible use during a campaign against Iran’s nuclear program.

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The Obama administration appears to be conducting an organized campaign of public pressure to stop Israel from attacking Iran’s well-developed nuclear-weapons program. So intense is this effort, and so determined is President Obama to succeed, that administration officials are now leaking highly sensitive information about Israel’s intentions and capabilities into the news media.

The president’s unwillingness to take preemptive military action against Tehran’s nuclear efforts has long been evident, notwithstanding his ritual incantation that “all options are on the table.” Equally evident is his fixation to ensure that Israel does not act unilaterally against Iran, a principal reason why Washington’s relations with Jerusalem are at their lowest ebb since Israel’s 1948 founding.

Indeed, the only conclusion to be drawn from Mr. Obama’s actions and rhetoric is that he fears an Israeli military strike more than he fears Iran achieving nuclear-weapons capability.

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