Israel Over Iraq?

From the Telegraph:
Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

To conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli war planes would need to fly across Iraq. But to do so the Israeli military authorities in Tel Aviv need permission from the Pentagon.

A senior Israeli defence official said negotiations were now underway between the two countries for the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide an "air corridor" in the event of the Israeli government deciding on unilateral military action to prevent Teheran developing nuclear weapons.

I've written about an Israeli airstrike on Iran's nuclear facilities before. Iraqi sovereignty isn't something you can take ala carte depending on circumstances - they are sovereign nation or not. Given that they are sovereign I don't think this could actually happen, since Israel would need the Iraqi's permission.

Of course, the Israelis could decide to execute airstrikes without the Iraqi's permission, but in that case they would still need ours. When you consider the backlash such a violation would create across the Iraqi population, and the consequences for American troops, I would hope that we wouldn't give that permission. Israel and America are inseparable in the Arab world, after all.

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