In preparation for David Cameron’s visit to the US, his spokesman says that Britain will not support an Israeli strike on Iran. I think that trying to prevent an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities is a worthy goal, but Cameron has about as much sway right now with the Netanyahu government as this guy. Through July 2011, British arms sales to Israel were drastically down, with only 65 export licenses approved as opposed to 280 in 2010 and 274 in 2009. Cameron has also infuriated Netanyahu, beginning with his visit to Turkey one month after the flotilla where he referred to Gaza as a prison camp and blasted the Israelis for boarding the ship, and continuing with his vote for the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements. Intense international pressure from all sides is probably the correct strategy for anyone who wants to convince Bibi that costs of an attack on Iran will outweigh the benefits, but I don’t think that a message from Cameron is going to have much effect. Merkel, on the other hand…

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