Herein I store essentially disparate reference material for my main blog socialistdystopia.blogspot.com CONTENTS OF THIS 'COGNATE' BLOG MAY BE REGULARLY INDEXED OR COMMENTED UPON IN THE 'DYSTOPIA" BLOG, MAKING IT EASIER TO READ.
This site could have value for casual readers: certainly context / purpose may or may not be obvious.
#################### Geoff Seidner
Monday, 9 March 2015
C GLICK Feb 26. 2015 Column One: In Israel’s hour of need
Netanyahu is coming to Washington because Obama has left him no choice.
US President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House, October 1, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS)
It is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media.
In recent years he released terrorist murderers from prison. He abrogated Jewish property rights in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. He agreed to support the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River. He agreed to keep giving the Palestinians of Gaza free electricity while they waged war against Israel. He did all of these things in a bid to accommodate US President Barack Obama and win over the media, while keeping the leftist parties in his coalitions happy.
For his part, for the past six years Obama has undermined Israel’s national security. He has publicly humiliated Netanyahu repeatedly.
He has delegitimized Israel’s very existence, embracing the jihadist lie that Israel’s existence is the product of post-Holocaust European guilt rather than 4,000 years of Jewish history.
He and his representatives have given a backwind to the forces that seek to wage economic warfare against Israel, repeatedly indicating that the application of economic sanctions against Israel – illegal under the World Trade Organization treaties – are a natural response to Israel’s unwillingness to bow to every Palestinian demand. The same goes for the movement to deny the legitimacy of Israel’s very existence. Senior administration officials have threatened that Israel will become illegitimate if it refuses to surrender to Palestinian demands.
Last summer, Obama openly colluded with Hamas’s terrorist war against Israel. He tried to coerce Israel into accepting ceasefire terms that would have amounted to an unconditional surrender to Hamas’s demands for open borders and the free flow of funds to the terrorist group. He enacted a partial arms embargo on Israel in the midst of war. He cut off air traffic to Ben-Gurion International Airport under specious and grossly prejudicial terms in an open act of economic warfare against Israel.
And yet, despite Obama’s scandalous treatment of Israel, Netanyahu has continued to paper over differences in public and thank Obama for the little his has done on Israel’s behalf. He always makes a point of thanking Obama for agreeing to Congress’s demand to continue funding the Iron Dome missile defense system (although Obama has sought repeatedly to slash funding for the project).
Obama’s policies that are hostile to Israel are not limited to his unconditional support for the Palestinians in their campaign against Israel. Obama shocked the entire Israeli defense community when he supported the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, despite Mubarak’s dependability as a US ally in the war on Islamist terrorism, and as the guardian of both Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel and the safety and freedom of maritime traffic in the Suez Canal.
Obama supported Mubarak’s overthrow despite the fact that the only political force in Egypt capable of replacing him was the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks the destruction of Israel and is the ideological home and spawning ground of jihadist terrorist groups, including al-Qaida and Hamas. Obama then supported the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime even as then-president Mohamed Morsi took concrete steps to transform Egypt into an Islamist, jihadist state and end Egypt’s peace with Israel.
Israelis were united in our opposition to Obama’s behavior. But Netanyahu said nothing publicly in criticism of Obama’s destructive, dangerous policy.
He held his tongue in the hopes of winning Obama over through quiet diplomacy.
He held his tongue, because he believed that the damage Obama was causing Israel was not irreversible in most cases. And it was better to maintain the guise of good relations, in the hopes of actually achieving them, than to expose the fractures in US-Israel ties caused by Obama’s enormous hostility toward Israel and by his strategic myopia that endangered both Israel and the US’s other regional allies.
And yet, today Netanyahu, the serial accommodator, is putting everything on the line. He will not accommodate. He will not be bullied. He will not be threatened, even as all the powers that have grown used to bringing him to his knees – the Obama administration, the American Jewish Left, the Israeli media, and the Labor party grow ever more shrill and threatening in their attacks against him.
As he has made clear in daily statements, Netanyahu is convinced that we have reached a juncture in our relations with the Obama administration where accommodation is no longer possible.
Obama’s one policy that Netanyahu has never acquiesced to either publicly or privately is his policy of accommodating Iran.
Since Obama’s earliest days in office, Netanyahu has warned openly and behind closed doors that Obama’s plan to forge a nuclear deal with Iran is dangerous. And as the years have passed, and the lengths Obama is willing to go to appease Iran’s nuclear ambitions have been left their marks on the region, Netanyahu’s warnings have grown stronger and more urgent.
Netanyahu has been clear since his first tenure in office in the 1990s, that Iran’s nuclear program – as well as its ballistic missile program – constitutes a threat to Israel’s very existence. He has never wavered from his position that Israel cannot accept an Iran armed with nuclear weapons.
Until Obama entered office, and to an ever escalating degree until his reelection in 2012, preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons has been such an obvious imperative among both Israelis and Americans that Netanyahu’s forthright rejection of any nuclear deal in which Iran would be permitted to maintain the components of its nuclear program was uncontroversial. In some Israeli circles, his trenchant opposition to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear capabilities was the object of derision, with critics insisting that he was standing strong on something uncontroversial while buckling on issues like negotiations with the Palestinians, where he should have stood strong.
But now we are seeing that far from being an opportunist, Netanyahu is a leader of historical dimensions. For the past two years, in the interest of reaching a deal, Obama has enabled Iran to take over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. For the first time since 1974, due to Obama’s policies, the Golan Heights is an active front in the war against Israel, with Iranian military personnel commanding Syrian and Hezbollah forces along the border.
Iran’s single-minded dedication to its goal of becoming a regional hegemon and its commitment to its ultimate goal of destroying the US is being enabled by Obama’s policies of accommodation. An Iran in possession of a nuclear arsenal is an Iran that can not only destroy Israel with just one or two warheads. It can make it impossible for Israel to respond to conventional aggression carried out by terrorist forces and others operating under an Iranian nuclear umbrella.
Whereas Israel can survive Obama on the Palestinian front by stalling, waiting him out and placating him where possible, and can even survive his support for Hamas by making common cause with the Egyptian military and the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, the damage Obama’s intended deal with Iran will cause Israel will be irreversible. The moment that Obama grants Iran a path to a nuclear arsenal – and the terms of the agreement that Obama has offered Iran grant Iran an unimpeded path to nuclear power – a future US administration will be hard-pressed to put the genie back in the bottle.
For his efforts to prevent irreparable harm to Israel Netanyahu is being subjected to the most brutal and vicious attacks any Israeli leader has ever been subjected to by an American administration and its political allies. They are being assisted in their efforts by a shameless Israeli opposition that is willing to endanger the future of the country in order to seize political power.
Every day brings another serving of abuse. Wednesday National Security Adviser Susan Rice accused Netanyahu of destroying US relations with Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry effectively called him a serial alarmist, liar, and warmonger.
For its part, the Congressional Black Caucus reportedly intends to sabotage Netanyahu’s address before the joint houses of Congress by walking out in the middle, thus symbolically accusing of racism the leader of the Middle East’s only liberal democracy, and the leader of the most persecuted people in human history.
Radical leftist representatives who happen to be Jewish, like Jan Schakowsky of suburban Chicago and Steve Cohen of Memphis, are joining Netanyahu’s boycotters in order to give the patina of Jewish legitimacy to an administration whose central foreign policy threatens the viability of the Jewish state.
As for Netanyahu’s domestic opponents, their behavior is simply inexcusable. In Israel’s hour of peril, just weeks before Obama intends to conclude his nuclear deal with the mullahs that will endanger Israel’s existence, Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog insists that his primary duty is to defeat Netanyahu.
And as far as Iran is concerned, he acts as a free loader ad a spoiler. Either he believes that Netanyahu will succeed in his mission to derail the deal with or without his support, or he doesn’t care. But Herzog’s rejection of Netanyahu’s entreaties that he join him in Washington next week, and his persistent attacks on Netanyahu for refusing accommodate that which cannot be accommodated shows that he is both an opportunist and utterly unworthy of a leadership role in this country.
Netanyahu is not coming to Washington next Tuesday to warn Congress against Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, because he seeks a fight with Obama. Netanyahu has devoted the last six years to avoiding a fight with Obama, often at great cost to Israel’s national security and to his own political position.
Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week because Obama has left him no choice. And all decent people of good will should support him, and those who do not, and those who are silent, should be called out for their treachery and cowardice.
From the start, during their first meeting in 2010, Obama has sought to insult Netanyahu, with the latest action being his sending over his top election team headed by Bird to unseat the Israeli PM. The question has to be asked Why?
Thanks Caro for an objective analysis. Hats off to Bibi for the courage to stand up for his Nation like what other legends such as Moses, Joshua and Caleb did. Sister Street, may the Lord bless you for enlightening people about the fulfillment of biblical prophecies. In Psalm 122:6 the Lord commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and now is that time to do so as the Israeli PM goes for a no holds barred address to the congress.
Regardless of how crazy the world or American politics gets, there is a connection between Israel and the American people that can't be broken by any President, political party or congressional caucus. There is One on Israel's side who is far more powerful than anyone you will find in Washington, DC. In fact, he knows everything that is going on behind close doors, and can reveal to the World anytime He chooses.
A fifty megaton hydrogen bomb which Putin has, we have and who knows who else has will destroy Washington and twenty five miles around it, kill over three million people and send a radioactive cloud around the earth. See the documentary "THE BIGGEST BOMB" on Netflix. Iran, Saudi, Qatar, Bahrain, etc., either have smaller ones or are after the big one. Money talks and scientists can be bought. That's the big ;picture. Obama is the side show leading to Armageddon.
There can be no doubt that the man who spent seventeen years in Rev. Wrights black power hate America church is a hater of Jews and Israel. A nuclear Iran is the most dangerous country in the world along with Putin's brutal dictatorship. Instead of praise for standing up against an Obama who grew up with the concept of black power and hatred of America and the Jews the Rev. said ran racist America, Netanyahu is criticized by lying racist Susan Rice, Kerry and a host of others in his radical Islamist administration. Jeb Bush and other leading Republicans, are on Israel's side when a nuclear Iran will threaten the world, and every Arab state will buy nukes, and even ISIS will continue to try to buy them from North Korea and Pakistan. The radicals and the fellow travelers, the admin and the talking heads, even the media pretend there is no problem except Netanyahu's compulsion to protect Israel from destruction. A single 50 megaton hydrogen bomb wipes out the entire Middle East. Who has one or is buying one. Who dares to pretend there is no problem and Obama's fake diplomacy can secure Israel, the Middle East and part of Europe and even the Great Satan, Iran's term for America from Iran's long range missiles and nuclear arsenal in the making or made. When they announce their bombs, all bets are off and they have no need for further fake negotiations. Obama is the most dangerous man in the world, and two years is too long. Only the Republican Congress can stop or slow him down, and as a lifelong democrat, I with McCain and the rest godspeed and success. That the first black president turns out to be a racist and possibly an Islamist is a strange twist of history. Cheers for Netanyahu and his guts for taking on the president as he should.
No American administration has ever had its policies totally aligned with those of Israel. Though in some ways it seems as if the Obama administration has been less friendly to Israel than many prior administrations, I think that part of the reason is Netanyahu's inflexibility. I'm neutral on this speech. It may help. It may hurt. I don't know. Overall, I think Israel would be better off with new leadership. If Herzog wins, at least Israel will enjoy some kind of "honeymoon" period with the United States. I back Israel regardless, but I would rather see Israel try new leadership.
Sister Neurotica (great name), even if Herzog wins, he will not preside over the extermination of Israel. This is what Obama, Kerry and Brzezinski (the worst anti-Semite of them all) don't realize. If there is a honeymoon period, it will end when those 3 realize that fact. Israel will not be exterminated, even if it takes a nuclear war to prove to these three American anti-Semites. It is time American Jews recognized the evil they helped place in the WH. We are now learning that Obama threatened to fire on IDF air force planes if Israel attacked Iran. sanjosemike
As an American Jew recently subscribed to The Jerusalem Post online, in an effort to get a better understanding of Israel and its circumstances from from the perspective of homegrown sources, I find the language in Ms. Glick's essay so biased as to render it not credible. Her opinion is mere diatribe, and uninforming. More, the commentary that follows is simply stupid. Does anyone have anything substantial to say, or is it just bash, bash, bash?
Jerry B, I'm sure that you find Netanyahu strident. But you should try to separate that "arrogance" from the survival of Jews in Israel. NO prime minister of Israel will preside over its extermination. I'm sure you voted for Obama. Did you know that he threatened Israel with shooting down their IDF planes if Israel attacked Iran? Did you know that the anti-Semite Brzezinsky is behind Obama policies? I thank you for your efforts in learning about Israel. Unfortunately, the Israel that you are learning about now may not continue to exist because of policies in the WH that YOU voted for. I don't mean to be disrespectful. All I'm asking is that you consider these issues. sanjosemike
You should know that President Obama loves NOT only golf but also bowling! But he has been practicing ‘bowling’ especially in politics…
I invite you to notice that in the Middle East, which is President Obama's favorite ‘bowling alley’ there is a SKITTLE [?] - in the President's conception!! - which he wants to break - it's name is BIBI!
We all hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu can remain VERTICAL and defend the interests of the State of Israel!
During my lifetime I have noticed that the USA has stabbed Israel in the back repeatedly, not just Obama but he has been the worst, but throughout the various administrations. It seems the world wants to make Israel our scape goat and forget that Israel is God's chosen people, the apple of His Eye! Genesis 12:3 warns "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." I know many people don't believe in God and care even less about what He commands. The USA is under judgment for the way we have betrayed Israel and, in that betrayal, have betrayed Jehovah God. Psalm 121: 3-4 says "He will not allow thy foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." God has made significant promises about Jerusalem and about Israel and about the Jews. If we negate His promises to them, how can we possibly trust Him to keep His promises to us, the Gentile believers? God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient... He is very evident in what we see happening now in the Middle East with regards to the Last Days. Check out Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 38-39 and remember He is NOT asleep.
Amen, sister! The tribulation is not just for the Jews sake, it s also to bring terrible judgments to the Gentile world for their treatment of the Jews, aside from their own sins. The prophecies of Psalms, Isaiah, and Ezekiel are just around the corner.
The American public has never been on the receiving end of a missile attack. Most are blissfully and willfully ignorant of the dangers that the very near future is likely to present. Netanayahu would be doing the US a huge favor by informing Congress. Historically, the US intel agencies are like weather prognosticators who can't tell you if it's going to rain until they look out the window. Re; Pearl Harbor, the ardennes attack in 1944, and 9-11. However, I don't expect to ever see the Obama agenda changed willfully. Barry is irate that Israel would challenge his policy
Why does Caroline Glick NOT NEED to prove her claims? You seem to feel that the only people who need to prove what they say are those WHO DISAGREE with something she says. PROVE what you say, or shut up.
JIM, we can always tell why people like you defend a liar like Obama,there usually Homosexuals.Marxist,Muslim DRUG USERS. So your not going to be believed by your slander.like the saying goes, "BIRDS OF THE FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER".
I have always found Caroline Glick's columns "spot on" as the British would say. She is a purveyor of truth. She has her finger on the pulse of her nation. I am most thankful for her words. She is one of the few journalists I trust.
how dare you calling Caroline Glick liar? How dare you?? Among a corrupted and hypocritical media she is one of the few honest and knowledgeable journalists. Your ad hominem attacks show you up for the ignoramus you are. What "bridges are you talking about? Peace with the people who work for nothing but your annihilation??
Oh but I do most certainly dare to call much of the diatribe in Caroline’s “opinion piece” lies. But, as I pointed out in my initial comment, I don’t think she actually wrote this garbage. Ron Dermer’s paw prints are all over this tirade. Zionist Israel and its extremist right-wing “prime minister” show outrageously despicable CHUTZPUH in biting the hand that feeds it more than $$$3BILLION every year. Netanyahu is extremely fortunate to be dealing with a very generous country with boundless patience. My advice to you and to all of Zionist Israel: retire megalomaniac Netanyahu and don’t look a gift horse in the mouth!
There is enormous anger against Netanyahu all through the World. First because he stridently supports the continued existence of Israel. Second because of the war against Hamas and the "disparity" of casualties and of course third because Jews are supposed to be victims and not fight against their own annihilation.
Finally, there's old-fashioned anti-Semitism.
The legacy of the Holocaust is armed Jews. It's just harder for the rest of the World to kill Jews now. This causes great frustration, especially in the Arab world.
Obama and Kerry believe that they will be able to dominate and "mold" a different Israeli prime minister. No Israeli prime minister will preside over the destruction of Israel. That will not happen.
I think Livni and Herzog, both of whom are supported by an election team sent to Israel by Obama to influence voters, might be willing to preside over Israel's demise. Their main goal is to defeat Netanyahu.
Obama and Kerry are fools, period. To risk allowing a nuclear Iran out of pique against an individual (P.M. Netanyahu) is the height of irresponsibility not only toward Israel, but for the United States and the world! They have apparently forgotten the tragedy of 9/11/01, and have not learned the lesson, to wit: that the United States is no longer beyond the reach of terrorists.
Jan Schakowsky is about as much of a radical leftist as my aunt Sally! That's for openers! Next: how is it that neither Gerry Ford in 1975, nor Saint Ronnie Raygun in 1981 in the wake of the Osirak bombing, posed the same danger to Israel? Reagan actually supported a resolution condemning the attack at the UN and when Israel refused to withdraw further in the Sinai in 1975, Ford threatened to reassess the whole strategic relationship! (Of course, that was to a Labor government. Maybe that doesn't count?) I think I know what the difference is--and it's ugly and does no Jew any credit at all! Quite the reverse; it makes at least some of us look like hypocrites and gives ammo to our enemies!! Finally: since 1992, The Cheltenham Kid (Bibi) has been saying, within x number of years Iran will have the Bomb. That x has always had single digits, but 1992 is now 23 years ago. Seems to me someone needs to say, "Bibi, joo got som' 'splainin' to do." Will he 'splain that to the Congress? I hope so, but I very much doubt it.
Proudscalawag, no one knows exactly when Iran will have a nuclear bomb - but the "when" is quite irrelevant. They want a nuclear device to use against Israel, period. Even if it takes them another decade - would you be satisfied then?? if they destroy Israel a decade later than Netanyahu thought it might happen?? Don't be distracted by meaningless details. The important point is that Iran ought not to have nuclear weapon EVER.
Oh, I couldn't agree more, but maybe that's something Ol' Cheltenham should've been honest about from the start. And the current negotiations are supposed to--yes, I said SUPPOSED to--make sure they never do have one. I also love Israel and appreciate its importance to us, but I've no desire to be inveigled into a 'let's-YOU-and-him-fight' situation either. And Bibi's doings of late make me wonder about that. And do me the favor of not reading between my lines; there's nothing there. I mention that only because too many people these days seem to be wearing lenses that 'read' things between the lines which never entered the writer's mind!
If this doesn't work, a ME coalition will be formed against Iran - ME nations threatened by Iran will again have no choice.
Unfortunately, in the new situation, this ME coalition against Iran will go against the Obama-Khamenei deal.
In fact, as this deal is the unique possibility of a foreign policy success for a President who is eager to prove his Nobel was well deserved, it effectively puts Obama in the hands of Khamenei. Khamenei can at any future time make further request while threatening to cancel the deal - thus putting Obama in an awkward situation.
The Sunset clause: If one allows Iran to get WMDs in 10 years, why do anything dramatic if they go for it in 7 years? In 3 years? After all, the obvious counter argument is:
"Iran already has the option to get WMDs in a few years, so why making a big fuss today anyway?"