By Doug Book, staff writer
Would Israel launch a surprise attack against Iranian nuclear facilities without first having informed the White House of its intentions? That’s a question to which Barack Obama would dearly love an answer, but don’t expect Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to provide one any time soon.
Upon receipt of an October report by UN weapons inspectors that Iran was in the process of building a nuclear weapon, Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to Israel to demand “…an unshakable guarantee that Israel would not carry out a unilateral military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities without first seeking Washington’s clearance.”
But neither Israeli PM Netanyahu nor Defense Minister Ehud Barak would provide Obama with such a guarantee, instead telling Panetta only that no attack was planned.
The nation of Israel has survived the geographic nightmare of being surrounded by hostile Muslim neighbors through good intelligence, dogged preparedness and a no nonsense, no illusions attitude about the intentions of her enemies. Though occasional liberal leaders have been pleased to undermine her best interests by catering to the whims of the U.N., Israel has endured.
But she now must contend with an enemy in the White House as untrustworthy, dishonest and calculating as any she has faced in the Middle East during her 63 year existence. And Netanyahu knows it very well.
During his visit, Panetta made statements worthy of a diplomat Judas, publicly undercutting the United States’ longstanding relationship with Israel and providing a sense of power and security to Iran and its terror-promoting leaders.
“…It is not a good situation for Israel, to become increasingly isolated and that’s what’s happening,” said Panetta. “…Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you’re isolating yourself diplomatically?”
This statement makes Israel appear a virtual rogue nation, providing her enemies an excuse to take a hard line, convinced the “isolated” nation is now on her own, out of favor with her longtime ally and embracing policies which make her a pariah in the eyes of the U.S.
Statements this damaging to the security and reputation of a supposed ally are not made by accident. It is Barack Obama who is responsible for any isolation of the Jewish state and he does it with great relish, hoping to bend Netanyahu to his will by making Israel even more dependent upon the moods and munificence of his anti-Israel regime.
After all, the PM has dared refuse Obama’s commands that Israel end the building of settlements and doom itself by returning to pre 1967 war borders. This has annoyed the self-anointed American Caesar, earning Netanyahu the same measure of swift retribution reserved for all who dare defy the will of the One.
Though Obama’s innate anti-Semitism makes his efforts to undermine the security of the Jewish state a true labor of love, like so many with an inflated value of their own worth, Obama has severely underestimated his opponent. Netanyahu will do what is best for Israel, not Obama’s legacy or campaign for re-election and neither threat nor calculated betrayal will change it.
If Netanyahu believes an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities is the only means of insuring Israel’s safety, then bombs will fall and nothing Barak Obama says or does will make one bit of difference.
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