Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Obama Sabotages Israelis: Can They Remain Our Ally?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Iranian Nuclear Sites

The most thoroughly disturbing story to appear last week was the information suggesting that the Obama administration is actively undermining Israel in its preparations to strike Iran, and disclosing its plans to the press in order to prevent them from being carried out.  This story appeared in YNet News on Thursday, and it offers details about what’s at stake, but more, the treachery of the Obama administration in seeking to undermine our ally Israel in its preparations to make strikes against nuclear facilities in Iran.  Apart from the fact that this is a serious leak that should result in firings, the problem is that this may be official US policy behind the scenes. My question is this:  If these leaks didn’t have the official sanction of the President, what is he doing to identify the leakers?

The information leaked suggests that Israel has formed some sort of alliance with Iran’s neighbor to the North, Azerbaijan.  The basic idea contained in the leaks is that Israel would launch strikes from airbases in that country, flying across the Caspian Sea in low-level sorties designed to fly under radar coverage.  The serious problem lies in the fact that all of this information has done serious damage to Israel, and even to the United States, as the article details in this summary of the damage inflicted:

  • Iran now has a decent picture of what Israel’s and America’s intelligence communities know about Tehran’s nuclear program and defense establishment, including its aerial defenses.
  • The Iranians now know about the indications that would be perceived by Washington and Jerusalem as a “nuclear breakthrough”. Hence, Iran can do a better job of concealment.
  • The reports make it more difficult to utilize certain operational options. These options, even if not considered thus far, could have been used by the US in the future, should Iran not thwart them via diplomatic and military means.

As you can well imagine, these leaks have created a serious problem for Israel, and it effectively takes this range of strike options off the table.  With the Obama administration undertaking such a program of intentional leaks, it’s hard to imagine relations could grow much cooler between the US and Israel.  One of the problems I foresee in this instance is wondering what happens when Israel, that increasingly views Iran as a potential existential threat to its people, comes to see us as taking on the role of effectively aiding that threat.

These are dangerous times, and the United States has a president who seems intent upon making them more volatile.  By making such information known to the press, it is likely to act to prevent an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear sites, but the problem is that Iran may be making serious strides in the development of nuclear weapons.  So armed, they would pose a serious threat to the existence of Israel, particularly since they have a leader who has promised repeatedly to immolate Israel and her people.

If this administration is serious, what it will do is investigate the leaks and bring the sources to justice because these are classified documents and assessments, and any who have access to such material ought to be limited strictly, thus making it easier to discern who is doing all the leaking.  Failing even to attempt to identify the sources of the leaks is as good as an endorsement of them, and what that suggests about this administration is too terrible to contemplate.

The original story broke in Foreign Policy Magazine, and former Ambassador John Bolton was among those who responded with severe criticism of the Obama administration.  One unnamed intelligence officer quoted in the article said:

“We’re watching what Iran does closely,” one of the U.S. sources, an intelligence officer engaged in assessing the ramifications of a prospective Israeli attack confirmed. “But we’re now watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we’re not happy about it.”

To have American officials of any description making such remarks to the press is abominable, but to see that the Obama administration is doing nothing about it gives the appearance of official sanction. This makes one wonder what the Obama administration’s actual policy is toward Israel.  Whatever you may choose to call it, it doesn’t seem to fit the term “ally.”

 

New Mini-Movie Shows Obama’s Anti-Israeli Record

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Friend of Israel?

This Youtube video was released in time for the AIPAC conference in Washington DC this week, by the Emergency Committee for Israel, and it highlights the despicable record Barack Obama has built in his dealings with the Israeli security issues, but also his befriending of radical anti-Israeli elements around the world.  It calls into question Obama’s sincerity on his campaign promises about the security of Israel, while pointing out that some of the President’s actions have been downright hostile.  It’s a bit lengthy, and it provides a bit of background for the narrative, but what viewers should understand is that Barack Obama and his administration have been systematically undermining Israel all along.  This sabotage of Israel clearly isn’t in the long-term interests of the United States, and it shouldn’t be ignored.

The mini-movie runs approximately thirty minutes:

I find the parade of Democrat politicians chastising Obama’s policy entertaining, if for no other reason than the remarks of Hillary Clinton last week, and what it reveals about the sincerity of their support for Israel. If nothing else, it certainly proves the point that the Obama administration isn’t playing straight with the American people, or with Israel. Barack Obama has been a disaster for US-Israeli relations, and for the prospects of peace and Israeli security.  The fact is that given another four years of his presidency, Israel will be among the biggest losers, second only to the American people.

What Hillary Revealed About Democrats’ Real Thoughts on Israel

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Friend of Israel?

When America isn’t watching closely, or the event in question appears well away from the bulk of domestic media, occasionally one of the left’s officials will slip up and show their true face.  If you listen to what Democrats in Congress and in the Obama administration say about Israel, you would think they support Israel, and are fine friends of the Jewish state.  The lavish oaths of friendship upon Israel, and swear they have no bigger supporter than the Democrat Party.  That is, if you can believe them.  Ordinarily, it’s tough to prove, but in this case, one of their own has put her big foot in her mouth, all without the help of her slick former-President husband.  None other than Secretary of State Hillary Rodham-Clinton has made a statement that reveals the truth about her party.  Watch this short video:

That’s right.  In this video, when asked by somebody in the audience about the state of politics in the US, and how it is that any Muslims from around the world could trust either party, since both seem to support their enemy, Israel, Mrs. Clinton gives a stunningly honest answer.  For those Americans of any persuasion who had thought the Democrats a friend of Israel, I want you to decipher her answer, because it was clearly intended to intimate a dark secret, and that is that what politicians say in public is one thing, but what they believe may be something else entirely.

Surely you understand that this confirms what I have told you about how the radical left has taken over the Democrat party, and how they now practice an institutional antisemitism that blows kisses to Jews in public, while undercutting Israel ferociously in private.  They view Israel as a problem to be dealt with, and if you’re wise, you’ll realize that historically, this is far from the first time the Jews have been regarded as a “problem” to be solved.  Let’s not beat around the bush about it:  The left hates Israel, and it’s partly because they see a potential ally in the Muslim world, and partly because they view Israel as the obstacle to that alliance.

Just as in the Cold War, Teddy Kennedy was willing to participate in secret talks with Soviet leaders in order to undercut President Reagan, the left will makes it friends anywhere they believe will advance their agenda.  Currently, they look to the Islamic world as another source of support, which is why they have linked up with militant Islamists in some cases, in the furtherance of the so-called “Arab Spring,” but also in support of the so-called “Palestineans.”  What Secretary Clinton describes in her too-candid answer is the mechanism of carrying out a ruse. In public, they must continue to support Israel, for now, but in terms of our actual foreign policy, we are currently very much pro-Islam.

The hardcore left has been pushing in this direction for many years, decades in fact, and what you quickly realize is that they have merely transformed their animosity.  These same America-hating leftists have simply identified Israel as a domino that must fall in order to finally vanquish America.  Once they realized this, it was only a matter of time until they began to form strategic alliances with a militant Islam that views Israel as the Lesser Satan and America as the Great one.  I read an interesting posting on Tammy Bruce’s site by a guest contributor named Shifra, self-described as a Jew who discovered the universe of leftists’ rage against Israel.

While I’m not Jewish, it comports well with my own knowledge and observations, but more importantly, it reveals how the American left has slowly adopted positions that are now not only antagonistic toward Israel, but hostile to Jewry in general.  For this reason, the only reason I am surprised about Hillary Clinton’s remark is that she would leave that implication hanging so publicly.  The institutional left, of which Hillary is the queen bee, with her Soros-funded career, and her Soros-funded boss, is armed to the teeth with a rage she dare not exhibit.  She can only make not-so-subtle intimations in public, but what is hidden behind the facial expression is the coldly-calculated leftist who knows what expressions in public are too much, and will hurt the cause.  Hillary walked all over that line here, but you should view it as an opportunity to demonstrate the point.

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Israel Being Pressured Not to Strike Iran

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

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In another bit of misdirected bluster, the Obama administration warned Israel that strikes against targets in Iran could have dire consequences.  Israel is increasingly concerned with Iran’s nuclear designs, and it may be considering actions aimed at taking down the threat posed by the potential  of Iran being armed with nuclear weapons.  According to the Wall Street Journal article, President Obama was on the phone Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an attempt to get Israel to stand down.  Obama’s argument is that they want to give sanctions time to work, but they haven’t worked thus far, and while there is talk of tightening those sanctions, Tehran has shown little willingness to budge.  This is part of the problem with US foreign policy over the last to decades:  We struggle to keep thugs in check while demanding Israel stand down as they absorb attacks from every direction.

That policy prevailed during the 1991 Gulf War, as Saddam Hussein used Scud missiles against Israel in an attempt to provoke a response from Israel that offered the possibility of fracturing the coalition that included many Muslim nations in the region.  We moved batteries of Patriot missiles to Israel, and we had our forces scouring Iraq for the launchers, and all the while, President George H.W. Bush kept Secretary of State James Baker in constant contact with the Israelis, trying to keep them from acting in their own defense.  Of course, this was a different question, with the Scud missiles being armed with conventional munitions, and the ability of the Patriots to knock some of them down, it helped keep things from getting out of control politically.

This situation involved the development of nuclear arms, and if Iran comes into possession of them, they have promised repeatedly to use them against Israel.  Given the small region that is the Jewish state, there’s no way they can absorb even one hit with nuclear weapons without devastating their population.  It cannot be permitted to occur, and on this basis, I am certain the Israeli government is considering all sorts of remedies that likely include military strikes against relevant targets in Iran.  Last year, the Israelis were in talks with the Saudis in order to secure over-flight permission, should it come to that, and the only reason the Saudis would consider it is that they don’t want a nuclear-armed Iran any more than Israel does, because they could just as easily become a target of the rogue regime in Tehran.

I oppose telling Israel that it must not act in its survival interests.  I don’t think there’s any reason to suspect that Iran will come to heel on this matter, and I think the Israelis are right to believe this is a threat the existence of which they dare not suffer.  In truth, this is why many on the left wish Israel would simply go away.  Many of them have begun to consider it in veiled terms much like the “Jewish problem” described by former tyrannical regimes.  In other words, there are those in this administration, and in the general leftist movement of activists who think the world would be so much the better if Israel ceased to exist, and some are quite willing to let the Islamists in the region have their way with the besieged Jewish nation.  At this point, I think Netanyahu is facing a serious crisis because the pressure from the White House continues to be what it was more than twenty years ago:  “Don’t act. Don’t retaliate. Don’t do anything. We’ll handle this.”  The problem is that in three years of Obama’s administration as this crisis has been developing, we haven’t handled it, and the Israelis may well be forced into action.  I don’t blame them.

Obama Will Hold Off On 1967 Borders Until Post-Election

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

 

Tougher For Israel in 2013?

WND is reporting that Palestinean Authority officials who wished for their identities to be withheld told the online publication that the Obama administration has told the Palestinean Authority to be patient through the elections, and to not make trouble until Obama is re-elected.  That would make perfect sense given the Obama  administration’s abysmal record in supporting Israel, and its ceaseless devotion to restoring the 1967 borders that would leave Israel indefensible.  It’s no secret that this administration has given support to the so-called “Arab Spring” in neighboring Egypt, and continues to down-play the Islamists’ takeover of that nation, while attacks upon Israel continue from all directions.  WND’s Aaron Klein quotes the source as saying:

“We were asked by the (U.S.) administration not to make special demands or scandals during the elections,” said the official.

“After elections, the negotiations will be renewed on basis of the Clinton plan and Obama’s speech in Cairo of the 1967 borders,” the official said.

This is not surprising, after Obama took such a strong public relations hit in his press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year, and I suspect in a second term, the fangs would come out from behind the polite smiles, and the Obama administration will begin to pressure Israel very strongly.  This remains one more reason that Barack Obama must be defeated in 2012.  Left to carry out his foreign policy agenda, Israel would soon lay in ruins, or be overrun.

 

Beck Honored as Defender of Israel

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 

Defending Israel

TheBlaze is reporting that Glenn Beck was honored with the Defender of Israel award at the Zionist Organization of America’s Justice Louis Brendeis Dinner.  Beck has been active in defending Israel against those who would smear and assail the Jewish nation, and he recently held his Restoring Courage event in Jerusalem.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined in the praise of Beck.  H/T The Blaze:

Obama Administration Forsaking Israel?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Whose Side Is He On?

In what can only be considered an attempt to pressure Israel into an untenable situation, the Obama Administration is using the upcoming UN question as the means by which to pressure Israel to capitulate on territorial issues in negotiations with the Palestineans.  For all intents and purposes, the State Department is using the stick of an upcoming UN vote on Palestinean statehood to try to crowd Israel into further concessions.  We have already learned that there can be no peace to be gained from trading away territory, and Israel has paid a terrible price for past concessions in that vein, but now we’re looking at a direct threat to Israel’s existence.

The US State Department attempting to box Israel into accepting conditions it cannot survive in exchange for the US veto at the UN.  Make no mistake about it: This is a dangerous game of chicken, but if Israel yields, they’re as good as dead.  On the other hand, if they don’t yield, we’re looking at a potentially explosive situation, and the Obama administration is gambling that Israel will surrender the point to its own detriment.  I believe we Americans who understand the truth of this situation need to stand with Israel, in the name of all that is good and decent and let the Israeli government know that we understand a rogue element is now running a US foreign policy we, the American people, do not support.

Israel has a hard enough time under the best of conditions, but in this stage-managed “Arab Spring” fomented and supported by the Obama State Department, it’s clear that leftists and Islamists have joined forces to change the world in a way favorable to both.  The leftists want all of the West, and the Islamists want all of the Middle East.  The deal struck between them requires Israel’s destruction, with the world to be divided between four great empires: The West, Islam, Russia, and China.  Everybody else is to be squeezed out or absorbed.  Israel is the pawn to be yielded by the left.  It’s Israel that the left will hand over in a show of feigned surprise and shock when the Islamic world attacks.

Even now, the Obama administration is rushing to shore up its support among Jews in the United States, but I believe the bloom is off that particular rose, and there’s nothing to be recovered at this point.  Even otherwise liberal American Jews are beginning to realize that this administration is no friend of Israel, and certainly no friend of the Jewish people.  The whole situation is beginning to take on vaguely apocalyptic overtones, as Israel is being left with no choice but to consider the most strenuous forms of defense.  In short, Israel is being backed into a corner from which they will have no choice but to defend itself, and there will be a new narrative about Israel being the aggressor, as the Palestineans have tried to convey through propaganda for more than three decades.  It must be considered the most grave action of this administration should it proceed on this course, but there’s no sign they intend to be deterred from the actions already in progress.

This would be considered a dramatic foreign policy failure in any previous administration, but the truth in this instance is that these are the ends the Obama administration has been pursuing for the length of its entire existence.  Worse, the Palestineans are being incited to a level of fervor in expectation of some move to statehood that is outrageous, but their pronouncements on the subject make clear that this isn’t about some nebulous notion of “peace.”  It is a doctrine of one-sided segregation, whereby Israel will be compelled to continue accepting Palestineans, and the Palestineans will purge all Jews from the land they hope to control.

In short, what the Palestineans are promising is “ethnic cleansing,” a principle with which they’ve always agreed.  Those who seek to downplay this issue, or the importance of what’s being done by the Obama administration simply aren’t examining the facts.  For all our solemn oaths asserting “Never again,” what we’re really seeing now is the attempt to do it again, and this time, the final solution is to be final if the radical left and the Islamists are permitted to have their way.  It’s time for the American people to stand and oppose this rogue administration before it brings about World War III.  For all their talk about peace, the way in which they’re striving toward a war suggests Americans had better wake up soon.

Why Israel Matters

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Abandoning our Friends?

It’s become fashionable in the media to suppose that conservatives’ support for Israel is due purely to religious considerations.  The most recent talking point from the left is that American conservatives support Israel because, as Noam Chomsky asserts, the Christians who are a substantial part of the conservative movement in the country want the Jewish population of Israel to be exterminated by Armageddon.  This assertion is offered because the left really has nothing else to offer in terms of the argument other than their endless hate-filled criticisms of both Israel and Christians.  In this way, they are able to dismiss the widespread support of Israel among conservatives as the ranting of religious zealots, in much the same way they’ve tried to dismiss the Tea Party by painting them as terrorists and racists. It’s their favorite smear, and the method by which they spread their madness.

This is the same basic tactic the left adopts in all matters, but if we examine only the strategic reasons to support Israel, what we find is that we arrive at the same logical conclusion:  Support of Israel is nearly as important to the security of the United States as our routine considerations in national defense.

Israel is a tiny sliver of land, and it is surrounded by enemies that do not recognize the Jewish state’s right to exist.  Those enemies will hate Israel until every inch of ground is conquered, and every Jew on the planet is exterminated.  Don’t make any mistake about it: These same villains intend the same end for all “infidels” including Christians, or any other non-Muslims, and also no small number of their fellow Muslims.  This is a fact.  Apologists are free to claim the opposite, but they aren’t free to invent their own facts.

The current meme among members of the Washington DC intelligentsia is that if only the Israelis would yield some land, and some more, peace would sweep over the region.  This is a bald-faced lie.  It offers Washington elites the opportunity to duck out and feign ignorance later, when the radical Islamists have their way with the region.  It also enables a few people on the right, with more libertarian ideas to pretend that the problems and threats the United States faces end at the water’s edge.  These naive people are dangerous in their own right, because they typically serve as tools for those who are far more malevolent in their intentions.

Israel is our only real ally in the region, despite the claptrap to the contrary, particularly with the advent of the media-lauded “Arab Spring” that has ousted a number of autocrats who we had over the years in various ways paid for their compliance.  This too is a failed policy, because in so doing, all we managed to do is alienate the populace to a certain degree and make them vulnerable to the radical militants.  This approach doesn’t improve the situation, and there is certainly some evidence that it has worsened things, but withholding payments and assistance to thugs, even those who some would term our thugs, is not the same as turning our backs on the people of Israel.

Israel is a nation with political freedoms for its citizens that approaches our own.  No nation is perfect, but Israel is the one nation in its region that permits political dissent without ultimately resorting to firing squads.  One need only examine the ruthless behavior of Assad in Syria, or Ahmedinejad in Iran to understand what sort of butchery the region routinely produces.  Israel is the exception, and it’s of paramount importance that we recognize this fact in our dealings with the Islamic world.

Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear that our current administration is determined to leave Israel alone and vulnerable, without even such support as the assurance of our vote in their favor on the UN security council.  This can have only one ultimate purpose, and that is to force Israel into permitting their country to be divided and partitioned, and ultimately destroyed.  We, the American people, who have rescued nations from tyranny around the globe, should never permit this. We, who arrived too late to prevent one holocaust, should do all we are able to prevent another, particularly when prevention merely requires standing firmly with our lone ally in the region.

The problem with abandoning Israel as some libertarians would have us do, and lately, as every leftist in the country seems inclined to do, is that rather than keeping us from war, it runs the ultimate risk of a global war from which we will not escape.  It is widely believed that Israel has a substantial nuclear arsenal.  If they are attacked in any way seen as an existential threat, we can expect them to employ that arsenal, and I would not blame them in the least.  The consequences of such an exchange would almost certainly ignite a worldwide conflagration to which we would become a party, in one way or another.

That sort of war would certainly threaten Americans at home, in a thorough way, not only in terms of subjecting us to actual warfare, but also crippling our nation as oil from that region slowed to a trickle.  Whatever your particular religious beliefs may or may not be is irrelevant to this discussion.  I don’t need to be a Christian or a Jew to know that murder is wrong, and the intention of mass murder is evil.  I realize we spend some money in our budget in support of Israel, but considering the alternatives available at present, it may well be a relative pittance to us when compared to the cost in blood and treasure we would pay if the situation there destabilized further, and Israel came under direct attack [again] by one or more of their neighbors.

It makes no sense to argue that we should withhold a few billion dollars in financial support of Israel in the name of thrifty government when the potential costs of a strategically unavoidable conflict in the region would exceed those relatively modest expenditures in the first few hours alone, never mind the human tragedy that would unfold.

When a leftist like Chomsky proposes the idea that Christians seek the death of Jews in an Armageddon, he’s not only lying, but also offering a psychological confession of what it is that he intends.  One needn’t be religiously motivated to see the crucial position of Israel in US strategic national security matters.  It takes only a basic regard for the facts on the ground to realize that to abandon Israel is to substantially subject ourselves to the ravages of war.

There are many Americans who possess only vague knowledge of the conflict in and around Israel.  Many of these have become convinced of the notion that “they’ve been fighting one another for thousands of years, and it’s best for us to simply leave it be.”  If you’ve fallen for this notion, is it because you’re tired of hearing about it?  Does it look too futile ever to be solved?  Do you falsely place both parties in this struggle on a plane of moral equivalence?  What motive is served by this frivolously thoughtless notion?

In Israel, there is no moral equivalence between the two.  Those who claim to be “Palestinean” are the un-assimilated children of refugees who fled the West Bank and Gaza because they believed the Jews were going to be eradicated, and they had been told to leave in order to make it easier for the advancing armies of Islamic states to attack mercilessly.  They are those who wished to collaborate in a holocaust.  The Jews who were expelled from Arab states sought their refuge in Israel.  Israel took them in and assimilated them into their population.  Why did the Arab states not pursue the same end after the cessation of hostilities?

It is on the basis of such a naive false moral equivalence that the elites in Washington DC now urge you to turn a blind eye.  As soon as you do so, they will feel comfortable in doing so also.  When and if that occurs, the results will be horrifying.  Don’t shrink from it.  Don’t attempt to disclaim responsibility.  Too many Americans of all manner of religions have attempted to warn you, and don’t be surprised when the consequences visit these shores.  It’s inevitable.  The people of Israel seek freedom in their land.  They have in graciousness followed a fools’ errand of attempting to buy peace with a portion of their lands to no good effect, but they have learned. That approach has been approximately like offering a mugger half your wallet willingly, whose gun is at your head, and actually holding out hope he will be satisfied with the half.  Once he has it, what is to prevent him from demanding the other half, if he still holds the gun?

This is why, despite attempts over the course of human history, the lesson remains firmly, stubbornly true: You cannot negotiate with terrorists.  There is no limiting factor, because if they are willing to wipe you out for some particular purpose, the moment you yield to their terror, they will understand it as weakness, and they will be willing to wipe you out for any motive that crosses their minds.

For the sake of our own country’s security, Israel matters a great deal.  Let the leftist and Islamist thugs who are now working together claim otherwise, but to follow their advice is surely to condemn not only Israel, but also our own country, to bloody disaster.  Most of us have known of the idea contained in the affirmation and oath: “Never again.“  Did we mean it, or is that mere bravado we spout for our own self-satisfaction?