Will we see the end of Israel? I guess it comes down to which side of Obama will win out: his Christian side or his Muslim side. Israelis are nervous, even considering the above picture of the President on “the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “insult” to Israel.”
They saw the incident as somewhat akin to an incident last year, when the Iraqi reporter threw a shoe at President Bush in Baghdad.
It is considered an insult in the Arab world to show the sole of your shoe to someone. It is not a Jewish custom necessarily, but Israel feels enough a part of the Middle East after 60 years to be insulted too.
Was there a subliminal message intended from the White House to Netanyahu in Jerusalem, who is publicly resisting attempts by Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to force Israel to stop any kind of settlement activity in occupied territories once and forever?
Whether or not it is true, it shows the mood in Israel. They feel cornered. The reactions out of Israel reflect that feeling.
Besides showing a lack of respect for the Presidency (the leader of the free world looks like a stock broker), is the President showing the soles of his shoes sending a message to Israel? His Muslim side along with the Muslim world understand it’s significance.
But that’s the least of Israel’s problems. Dick Morris:
From Caroline Glick, deputy editor and op-ed writer for the Jerusalem Post, comes alarming news. An expert on Arab-Israeli relations with excellent sources deep inside Netanyahu’s government, she reports that CIA chief Leon Panetta, who recently took time out from his day job (feuding with Nancy Pelosi) to travel to Israel “read the riot act” to the government warning against an attack on Iran.
More ominously, Glick reports (likely from sources high up in the Israeli government) that the Obama administration has all but accepted as irreversible and unavoidable fact that Iran will soon develop nuclear weapons. She writes, “…we have learned that the [Obama] administration has made its peace with Iran’s nuclear aspirations. Senior administration officials acknowledge as much in off-record briefings. It is true, they say, that Iran may exploit its future talks with the US to run down the clock before they test a nuclear weapon. But, they add, if that happens, the US will simply have to live with a nuclear-armed mullocracy.”
Have you heard the new “talk” from the Obama Administration? The new thing is that Iran should be able to build nuclear power for energy. This is Obama-speak that it will not lift a finger to stop Iran from developing nuclear weaponry.
The consequences of Obama’s “let’s let Iran have nukes” policy? Dick Morris continues:
All this means is that Israel’s life is in danger. If Iran gets the bomb, it will use it to kill six million Jews. No threat of retaliation will make the slightest difference. One cannot deter a suicide bomber with the threat of death. Nor can one deter a theocracy bent on meriting admission to heaven and its virgins by one glorious act of violence. Iran would probably not launch the bomb itself, anyway, but would give it to its puppet terrorists to send to Israel so it could deny responsibility. Obama, bent on appeasement, would likely not retaliate with nuclear weapons. And Israel will be dead and gone…
…Obama may have held the first White House cedar, but he’s not planning to spend next year in Jerusalem.
Joe Biden has been a gaffe machine – but this comment by him is right on the mark: “Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy [Obama]…I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate.”
I can also give you a scenario where it might originate.