Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.
Many of us continue to be apprehensive about what the Middle East policy of a reelected President Obama would look like. Though Mr. Obama continues to insist that U.S. support for the security of Israel is “unshakable,” his turnaround on pressing Israel on the 1967 lines and settlement growth, while welcome, was unnerving. Not only did it occur at the outset of the presidential campaign season, it was also uncommonly abrupt.
Further, to this day Mr. Obama has yet to endorse the notion that Israel should retain the major Jewish population centers in the West Bank and Jerusalem as did his predecessor, George W. Bush. To be sure, both presidents have spoken in terms of mutually agreed upon land “swaps,” but Mr. Bush also said the final borders had to reflect the new demographic realities on the ground.
And of course, at the very onset of his administration President Obama called for a U.S. Middle East policy that would be more accommodating of the Arab/Muslim world. Plainly, this could not come about without cost to Israel.
Yet, refreshingly, when the president speaks about Iran there seems to be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel. Both countries share an obvious concern for a nuclear-armed Iran. But the threats posed to the two countries are obviously very different. For Israel it is primarily existential and secondarily geopolitical. For the U.S. it is primarily geopolitical and ultimately manageable. So of course the U.S. may be willing to wait a little longer than Israel before resorting to military action. But how real is this difference?
In an interview on Sunday, President Obama spoke collegially about Israel’s decision-making autonomy. He went on to reiterate that the U.S. reserves, together with Israel, the option of military action against Iran to destroy its missile sites: “I will say that we have closer military and intelligence consultation between our two countries than we’ve ever had. We are going to be sure that we work in lockstep as we proceed to try to resolve this – hopefully diplomatically.”
It is also noteworthy that the president has just approved massive new sanctions against Iran’s banking system that have the ring of a last ditch effort to force Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program short of military action. Of course this may also be designed to persuade Israel, which believes sanctions are a waste of time, not to proceed with military action at this juncture.
In any event, Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared that concerns over a nuclear Iran trump the current confrontation with the Palestinians. And while no one can guarantee that President Obama won’t change his mind, for now he appears to be providing Israel the critical support it needs on this matter.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Let us become modern day Maccabees and seize the day. Embrace the challenge. Fight for Hashem.
Har HaBayit is still Biyadein; Through our actions, its fate is in our hands
What does the way we count the days of Chanukah come to teach us about living in the present?
“Mr. Prime Minister, declare a unilateral ceasefire! Remember, Blessed is the peacemaker!”
Hamas is continuing to prepare its next war against Israel instead of improving conditions in Gaza
If the UN Grants national recognition to Palestine, why stop there? Tibet, Chechnya, Basque…
The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.
Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/president-obama-israel-and-iran/2012/02/08/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: