Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu brought 14,000 pro-Israel lobby cheering delegates to their feet repeatedly - especially when he pledged Monday night, March 5, “Never again will our people have to live in the shadow of annihilation.”While publicly reiterating that there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution of the issue, Obama admitted privately to Netanyahu that the Fordow underground uranium enrichment plant can no longer be destroyed by bombs and missiles; American commanders say all that can be done is to block the vents of this underground facility and slowly stifle the personnel inside. Time and several strikes would be needed to accomplish this.
Netanyahu: Iran is building not one Fordow but ten. We can’t wait much longer.In other words, the talk of open windows and more time is moot.How much is “much longer” is the subject of debate, but one thing is clear: Israel won’t wait beyond 2012 or until after the US presidential election in November.“Israel has waited six years for sanctions to stop Iran,” he told the AIPAC audience, but they have failed.Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Washington did not resolve Israel’s differences with the Obama administration on if, when and by whom military force should be applied to shutting down a nuclear Iran.Therefore, no joint communiqué or statement followed their White House meeting, which was also attended by White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and the prime minister’s security adviser Yaakov Amidror.An Israeli attack on Iran is therefore to be expected at some time in the coming months.
Something is afoot with America’s Jews. They are becoming schizophrenic. They don’t know what to do and are unsure of who they are anymore.In the midst of this it began to dawn on me — even if Jews have pledged their bodies, votes and money to the Democratic Party for the better part of the last century, in their minds, even in their hearts, they are ready to go Republican. Indeed, if they have any sense they will. The question is — will they finally shed their traditional selves and go there?Monday I am becoming more optimistic. The differences between the Democratic House minority leader and the Republican Senate minority leader were so extreme in their thought, execution, and reception, they almost came from alternate universes.McConnell was calm, concrete, and deliberate in his delivery, certain that he was right morally and intellectually. Pelosi seemed nervous and insecure. She should have been. She followed McConnell who actually had something to say, real proposals about what Congress could do about Iran, even if Obama didn’t want to. She had nothing to offer but platitudes, which she recited in an uninspired fashion while anxiously perusing the silent audience, looking for a reaction that never came.Then Bibi finally arrived. He was welcomed like a conquering hero and began to speak. He soon was getting standing ovation after standing ovation for his impassioned and perfectly executed delivery, his love of Israel and America. He was a master, of the AIPAC audience at least, and probably many others. Something was becoming abundantly clear.Forget Romney, Santorum, and Newt. Goodbye pining for Mitch Daniels, Sarah Palin, or Chris Christie. Bibi’s a better speaker than any of them by a lot — and vastly more experienced. Remember his talk in front of Congress last May? They were ready to elect him president right there. On top of that his father’s a famous historian and his brother was a military hero. He is the one to beat Obama. Head-to-head against the president he’d probably clean his clock — and the two guys evidently hate each other already. So why not?
Every time Benjamin Netanyahu comes to America, the world should be reminded that has never been to Israel.After nearly four years, the leader of the free world continues to shun the only true democracy in the Middle East.During the same period, Mr. Obama has traveled to several autocratic, if not theocratic, Muslim countries to reassure them of America's good will.
At the moment, American troops and advisors are being hunted down and summarily executed in South Asia by Muslim "allies" for real or imagined insults to a holy book which inspires the worst atrocities of a new century.
No matter the many mobs that gather in the many Muslim capitals chanting "death to America," no matter the many Muslim theologians that use the sanctuary of mosques to preach hate in the name of Allah and jihad; a politically correct generation of timid social democrats, here and abroad, continues to assure their constituents that Muslim scripture is simply being misused by a few radicals.Now comes a Shia theocracy whose secular and religious leaders have publicly vowed to wipe "Israel off the face of the earth." Should they succeed, in an instant, the heretofore impotent Sunni world majority will be displaced by a more militant and less ambiguous Shia role model.If the history of weapons programs in North Korea, Pakistan, and India provide precedents, western Intelligence might make a call on Persian nuclear capability when missiles are inbound over Tel Aviv.Our most kinetic response to the imminent threat from the Muslim minority, and a thousand lesser barbarities from the Muslim majority, is to apologize to the Sunni and "sanction" the Shia. Indeed, American and European infidels and apostates are consistently assured by a fearful political class that the West is not at war with Islam or Muslims. And now that Israel presumes to exhibit the courage to prevent holocaust of the 21st Century, America and Europeadvise restraint and caution. Unfortunately for Israel, the threat is potentially terminal and time is not an ally.American policy is, at once, a flawed assumption and a cultural insult. Granting Muslim stability a higher priority than Israeli survival is the assumption; and elevating Muslim culture to parity with Jews or Christians is the insult.
Moral equivalence is the problem, not the to epidemic political cowardice in the non-Muslim world. Israel has no good reasons, by virtue of history or evidence, to accept any American assurances, especially from an Obama administration. Anti-Semitism is ever the canary in the geo-strategic coal mine.