Clinton’s Iran comments raise Israeli hackles

When a normally cautious politician suddenly seems to depart from the script on a delicate international issue, big questions are immediately raised. So it is with Hillary Clinton and the subject of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

25th July, 2009

When a normally cautious politician suddenly seems to depart from the script on a delicate international issue, big questions are immediately raised. So it is with Hillary Clinton and the subject of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

The US secretary of state startled the diplomatic world last week when she suggested that her country would be prepared to counter any Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons by providing a ‘‘defence umbrella’’ for American allies in the...

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