Friday, November 8, 2013

How will Israel survive Obama?

Four and a half years on I can only add that whether it is still naïveté on Obama’s part or design is almost irrelevant.  Reports of an “unprecedented confrontation” with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Tel Aviv “and “Netanyahu is in a state of shocked disbelief” are ominous.  Did Netanyahu really trust them after all the evidence to the contrary?
The US president is appeasing Iran, and the consequences if Israel does not act will be catastrophic.   Netanyahu’s reaction yesterday was the right one. He should draw as much attention to this insane policy of the Obama administration as possible. The Israeli analysts who believe that Israel could not possibly strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities itself if the international community finalizes the mooted deal in Geneva are wrong.  When the alternative is nuclear annihilation you do what you have to do. 
What is profoundly disturbing is the apathy, ignorance, detachment and disinterest with which the world is following the events as they are unfolding – the most dangerous ever since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

March 22, 2009
How will Israel survive Obama's naïveté on Iran?
Mladen Andrijasevic
As an American citizen I did everything I could to stop this from happening. I voted for McCain.   But now in Israel as I watch as Obama appeases the Iranians I wonder if we in Israel will be able to survive.
Obama apparently believes that appeasing totalitarian regimes works.  His Nowruz  address will become the classic example of such an attempt. But the history of appeasement is not very encouraging. It has not worked with the Nazis, it has not worked with Arafat's regime, and least of all has it worked with the jihadists.  For those in Europe who have for years believed that their appeasement has brought them less terror and cheap oil can only look around and see what Europe has become with the recent protests in Luton and Malmo.

Is it not better to have some dialogue with Iran? Are there no benefits at all? John Bolton thinks not.

The US would survive the collapse of its appeasement policy toward Iran, even the scenario of an EMP attack. Israel would not.

Israel should not be made to play the role of a victim of a failed appeasement policy, a learning curve unfortunate error in judgment of a rookie American president.  For the lesson learned would have been that an Iranian-Israeli nuclear war would be a disaster not only for Israel but for the US as well.  So why make the error in the first place?  

As an Israeli citizen I therefore voted for those who have already experienced the futility of appeasing the jihadists  in more than 15 failed  peace process attempts in the last 15 years and who will in protecting Israel's survival be protecting American interests as well.  

Update: And the world reaction to Netanyahu’s warning – The New York Times: On Iran, Netanyahu Can Only Fume

When has our civilization reached such levels of imbecility?  Here we are, with the prospect of a nuclear war if Iran gets the bomb and The New York Times, the paper I once used to buy late Saturday night in Greenwich Village, has not the faintest idea what is at stake. This is scary.