Prof. Efraim Inbar of the BESA Center took part in its conference on the U.S., Europe and the Middle East on Wednesday.
Prof. Inbar told Israel National News TV that the conference was aimed at clarifying the differences in opinion between the Americans and the Europeans on the main issues of the Middle East: the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.
Addressing the recent exposures by WikiLeaks, Inbar said: “I don’t think that WikiLeaks brings anything new. Those who understand and follow closely the Middle East know that the Arab leaders are very much afraid of the Iranian threat and hope that the Americans or the Israelis will take care of this threat.”
Inbar also addressed the U.S. attitude towards Iran and said that America is becoming much more like Europe in terms of its attitude towards Iran.
“The current President Obama has adopted a very patient European approach, basically appeasement of Iran, and even after sanctions which were adopted by the United Nations Security Council, I don’t see yet a change in American policy,” said Inbar.
He expressed his hopes that the Obama administration realizes that the sanctions which have been slapped on Iran are ineffective and that “something else has to be done about a nuclear Iran.”