During Hanukkah, the American Jewish community remembers the victory of the Maccabean army led by Judah Maccabee against the invading Hellenic army, the restoration of the Holy Temple and the miracle of the oil in the 2nd century BC.
I don’t think President Obama cares much for Jewish history but he probably should, especially before calling PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
During a phone call between Obama and Netanyahu last week, the president reportedly asked Netanyahu “to take a breather from his clamorous criticism” of the interim agreement reached with Iran, David Ignatius reported for the Washington Post Wednesday.
Obama called Netanyahu last Sunday to discuss the interim deal reached with Iran – a deal the prime minister called a “historic mistake.” After Netanyahu reportedly “rebuked” Obama over the interim deal, he told Obama that the permanent accord “must bring about one outcome: the dismantling of Iran’s military nuclear capability,” the article said.
First of all I would recommend our man-child president not take on someone with a warrior’s heart in the vein of the Maccabees, who is a former Airborne Commando in the Israeli Defense Force.
I find it astounding, if not humorous, that a skinny community organizer would try to intimidate a combat veteran and true leader who lives under constant threat in a country regularly rocketed and bombed — sorry but I just had a very funny vision of Obama as Mini-me trying to scare PM Netanyahu.
According to The Times of Israel, at a Hanukkah candle-lighting celebration at the Western Wall Thursday evening, Netanyahu reaffirmed Israel will act alone, if necessary, to ensure Iran never develops nuclear weapons. “We came to drive out the darkness, and the largest darkness that threatens the world today is a nuclear Iran,” Netanyahu said, “We are bound to do all we can to prevent this darkness. If possible we will do this diplomatically, if not we will act as ‘a light unto the nations.’”
If I were the Iranians, I would take heed of the words of PM Netanyahu. The Iranians certainly recall that Israel will indeed take matters into their own hands, as a sovereign state. Everyone in the Middle East remembers the Israeli airstrikes against Iraq and Syria. Imagine how different the Middle East would have been, especially in the case of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, if Israel had not taken that action.
However, here is my strategic assessment. Israel can clearly undertake a strike against Iran, but for the first time since the rebirth of the modern day Jewish State of Israel, the relationship and support from America is in question.
There can be no doubt that the progressive socialists are some of the most vocal anti-semites — if you question that, just visit a US college campus.
Israel would require some operational logistics and intelligence support from the United States, and I would not put it past the Islamist-centric President Obama to withhold such support. Furthermore, it is the “day after” which should mainly concern Israel. Will the United States back their play and have their backs?
This career soldier and former Paratrooper thinks not, and that is a major concern for PM Netanyahu — to a point. Since his rise to power, President Obama has effectively destabilized the neighborhood in which Israel resides, and not by incompetence, but by intention.
Yet the American Jewish community blindly followed this mastermind of disaster, not once but twice. And don’t forget, Hillary and Bill Clinton entertained Yasser Arafat in the White House. The question is, now that Obama doesn’t need the Jewish community for another election, will they awaken from their misguided politically-driven stupor?