During our recent trip to the sandbox, a lot of the fighters and insurgents against the United States were Iranians, their Revolutionary Guards would train, equip, supply the IED's used and even quite a few suicide bombers came from their ranks. Iran wants to be come the main player in the middle east. They along with the Russians are the biggest supporters of the Syrian government. This is a big concern to Israel, is the influence of the Iranians on Syria. There is a belief that once Israel bombs the Iranian reactors, the Iranians will use their relationship with the Syrians to have them attack Israel across the Golan Heights and spreading the internal conflict of Syria into Israel. Israel already have little faith in the United States to help them if they are attacked. After President Obama and his cabal of amateurs took the reins of foreign policy it has been one lurch after another with various train-wrecks along the way. Israel believes that they will be alone, the only western based republic in the middle east is in danger of being wiped out. Many believe that if Iran gets a nuke, they will use it against Israel, knowing that the United States would be paralyzed by indecision to retaliate or defend the Israeli's against the attacks by Iran.
President Obama sends John * flipper* Kerry to work an agreement with the Iranians, you know the same John Kerry that threw his country under the bus during the winter soldier hearings in 1971 where he stated that all American Soldiers were killers and rapists of the Vietnamese. We call him *Flipper* because he supported the war in Iraq...then he changed his mind because it was politically expedient to be against it.
In a way, this marks a deeper shift in relations with Saudi Arabia than with Israel. Saudi Arabia has been under British and later American protection since its creation after World War I. Under the leadership of the Sauds, it became a critical player in the global system for a single reason: It was a massive producer of oil. It was also the protector of Mecca and Medina, two Muslim holy cities, giving the Saudis an added influence in the Islamic world on top of their extraordinary wealth.
It was in British and American interests to protect Saudi Arabia from its enemies, most of which were part of the Muslim world. The United States protected the Saudis from radical Arab socialists who threatened to overthrow the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula. It later protected Saudi Arabia from Saddam Hussein after he invaded Kuwait. But it also protected Saudi Arabia from Iran.
Absent the United States in the Persian Gulf, Iran would have been the most powerful regional military power. In addition, the Saudis have a substantial Shiite minority concentrated in the country's oil-rich east. The Iranians, also Shia, had a potential affinity with them, and thereby the power to cause unrest in Saudi Arabia. Until this agreement with Iran, the United States had an unhedged commitment to protect Saudi Arabia from the Iranians. Given the recent deal, and potential follow-on deals, this commitment becomes increasingly hedged. The problem from the Saudi point of view is that while there was a wide ideological gulf between the United States and Iran, there was little in the way of substantial issues separating Washington from Tehran.With the exception of the nuclear program.