A senior Israeli diplomatic official told Army Radio on Tuesday that the Jewish state is perfectly capable of striking Iran's nuclear facilities on its own, should America fail to join such a mission.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that the Israeli government very much doubts the Obama Administration's seriousness about preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons at all costs.
Washington's weak and ineffective approach to the crisis in Syria, not to mention its utter failure to react when clear red lines were crossed, has created the feeling that the current American government would never take the step of going to war to keep the Islamic Republic from going nuclear.
Quite to the contrary, Israel believes US President Barack Obama is going to use the election of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as an excuse to loosen sanctions, make concessions and downgrade the situation, even as Iran continues to race toward an atomic bomb.
Israeli leaders have repeatedly warned that while Rouhani is far more tactful than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he remains the servant of Iran's supreme leader and has long been a key proponent of Iran's nuclear program.