Let slip the dogs of war 1

Israel has been too co-operative with the treacherous Obama administration.

John Bolton thinks so too. He writes in the Wall Street Journal:

On the Palestinian front, Mr. Netanyahu’s government has tolerated 14 months of feckless administration diplomacy that has not altered geopolitical realities between Israel and the Palestinians… On Iran, Mr. Netanyahu has faithfully supported Mr. Obama’s diplomacy, hoping to build credibility with the president against the day when Israel might have to strike Iran’s weapons program pre-emptively. Jerusalem, for example, currently backs U.S. efforts to increase sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program, doomed to failure though they are. As time passes, Israel’s military option grows more difficult and the chances for success shrink as Iran seeks new air-defense systems and further buries and hardens nuclear facilities.

Mr. Netanyahu’s mistake has been to assume that Mr. Obama basically agrees that we must prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But the White House likely believes that a nuclear Iran, though undesirable, can be contained and will therefore not support using military force to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

What’s more, Mr. Obama is also unwilling to let anyone else, namely Israel, act instead. That means that if Israel bombs Iranian nuclear facilities, the president will likely withhold critical replenishments of destroyed Israeli aircraft and other weapons systems.

We are moving inexorably toward, and perhaps have now reached, an Israeli crisis with Mr. Obama. Americans must realize that allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons is empowering an existential threat to the Israeli state, to Arab governments in the region that are friendly to the U.S., and to long-term global peace and security.

Mr. Netanyahu must realize he has not been banking good behavior credits with Mr. Obama but simply postponing an inevitable confrontation. The prime minister should recalibrate his approach, and soon.

And destroy Iran’s nuclear sites as completely as possible.

Posted under Commentary, Iran, Israel, jihad, United States, War by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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  • C. Gee

    Netanyahu will not take Bolton's advice. Netanyahu is ever-destined to disappoint. At America's behest, he has replaced his dogs of war with tortoises.

    I post here – and on Melanie Phillips' site – the following:

    I notice that the apartment-building announcement is now being referred to as an “insult” to America.

    Instead of apologizing, Israel should seize the opportunity to be insulted at being called insulting. It should immediately announce :

    1. the non-negotiability of any part of Jerusalem, which shall henceforth be the undivided capital of Israel.

    2. that negotiations over boundaries for a state for the Palestinians are conditioned upon the open, public, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, signed in an accord by every Arab and Muslim nation.

    3. that Israel is no longer willing to participate in “peace talks” on the basis of land for peace. It is willing to enter into negotiations on statehood facilitation.