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Putin’s Iran Threat is Good for Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with missiles being sent from Iran to Gaza on a ship which the IDF diverted. March 10, 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with missiles being sent from Iran to Gaza on a ship which the IDF diverted. March 10, 2014.
Photo Credit: Yehuda Ben Itach/Flash90

In a column analyzing Russia’s recent threat to rethink its position on Iran, Walter Russell Mead and his staff at The American Interest postulated, “Linking the Ukraine crisis with the Iran negotiation is an American nightmare; it might just be a Russian dream come true.” Mead is on to something; however, he stops short in his analysis. Russia’s threat could also be quite helpful to Israel.

Obama entered into the Iran negotiations in order to avoid a military confrontation, as well as to constrain the “true barrier” to peace in the region – Israel. His hope was to bide time, notwithstanding that Iran’s centrifuges would continue to spin, bringing its nuclear capability to the brink or to fruition.

If Iran does in fact go nuclear on Obama’s watch, so be it; he will proceed to sell containment to the American public for the little time left in his term. The carnival salesmen in the White House are quite talented at selling the American people a bill of goods – just look at ObamaCare. While Russia invades a European country and threatens all-out war, the administration spends $52 million of taxpayer funds in just three months on advertising this debacle. One can only imagine what they will spend to convince Americans that a nuclear Iran poses no threat to our national security.

Alas, since reality has yet to penetrate the White House bubble, Obama has likely never lost sleep thinking about Iran’s nuclear capabilities (his Baracketology, next vacation, and golf game, perhaps, but national security, not so much) – that is, until Vladimir Putin stepped into the picture.

Obama’s failure to realize that he is now unmasked as a fool on the world stage does not mean that the rest of the world’s leaders have not noticed. It is not a coincidence that just six months after Putin manipulated Obama out of bombing Syria despite its having crossed Obama’s disingenuous red line, Putin took to annexing Crimea from Ukraine. And Putin did so despite a U.S. promise to protect Ukraine. As one Ukranian parliamentarian stated, “[e]veryone believed that for good or bad the United States would be the world’s policeman. Now that function is being abandoned by President Obama, and because of that Russia invaded Crimea.”

So Mead is correct that linking Ukraine with Iran is good policy for Russia while thrusting Obama into a nightmarish situation. It will cause Obama to quake in his mom-jeans and further diminish American power. Obama has already stated that he will not act militarily in response to the Ukrainian situation. What are his choices if Russia acts on its threat and allies with Iran? Cancel Putin’s Netflix account?

But linking Ukraine and Iran just might be an Israeli dream come true as well. Mead stated, “The Obama strategy has always been a risky one; if Russia shifts into active cooperation with Iran, it is hard to see how the White House can keep hope alive.” True enough.

But if Russia moves into Iran’s camp, Israel has the perfect excuse to move ahead with a military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations and will likely have the support of the entire Western world (in addition to America’s Mideast allies like Saudi Arabia), all of which will be relieved that at least someone is standing up to the bad guys.

Middle East and foreign policy experts have vacillated for years analyzing Israel’s capability to conduct a successful unilateral military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, guessing when it might proceed, and wondering whether the United States is holding Israel back from doing so. Some ask why U.S. support is a necessary prerequisite to an Israeli strike that is in Israel’s own national security interests. One need only look at a map of the region and the fact that the country, the size of the state of New Jersey and only nine miles wide at its narrowest point, is surrounded by 21 Arab nations, the vast majority of whom are adversaries, to understand Israel’s need for supportive friends.

About the Author: Lauri B. Regan is a lawyer, a regular contributor to the American Thinker and serves on the boards of the National Women’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Endowment for Middle East Truth.


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40 Responses to “Putin’s Iran Threat is Good for Israel”

  1. Romeo Singh says:

    BLESS YOU FOR BEING A BLESSING…

  2. I don’t get it. To me it is clear that Obama would rather side with the Russians and islamofascists rather than with the Jews.

  3. American jews will still vote democrat no matter what.

  4. Interesting perspective

  5. Russia though wants arms deal with Israel

  6. John Wayne says:

    Obama hates The Israel Project

  7. Then Obama will be FORCED to show his true colors. The American PEOPLE tend to support Israel. Our government? Not so much. :(

  8. Yori Mendel says:

    And the Christians say, “And the Bear will go South…” Putin calls himself “The Bear.,” I don’t believe their junk. However, it’s interesting to see how him and Obamanation are trying hard to make Christianity happen. It’s a fraud. So are their weapons shows such as HAARP in the Sky, with disastrous results.

  9. Dean Petree says:

    I stand with Israel.

  10. Our leaders, ALL of them, are whores and always have been.

  11. Donna Jones says:

    Sad that you would have to force any American president to stand with Israel.

  12. My sense is that Obama could care less about losing to the Republicans, this late in his presidency..

  13. Don’t believe for one minute that he will stand with Israel. Not going to happen

  14. Sad that Donna Jones is on the palnet

  15. Don Hansen says:

    I’m sure BO will NEVER aid Isreal, Too bad for us,

  16. ISRAEL,more than our Gov.

  17. Norman Press says:

    Where did we find this man? under a rock I think. He is no better than Jimmy Carter.

  18. We don’t trust Obama so we the people are behind Israel and all voting Republican.

  19. I will always stand with Israel!!!

  20. Clint Leith says:

    I will tell u this Americans support Israel all the way but, our ungodly government does not. November cannot come quick enough.

  21. HE HAS ALREADY LOST US TO THE OTHER PARTY.

  22. No importa si Obama esta con Israel o no esta, el Dios de Abraham de Isaac y de Jacob esta con ellos por promesas y nunca los dejara jehova el Dios de los ejercitos de israel

  23. Km Figuerrez says:

    Russia are nothing compare to israel.

  24. Stand with or without he has lost myn vote and support with Obummercare1

  25. Right along prophecy. Hashem Yeshuah is starting to pick fights with Israels enemies because Israel’s enemies are Hashem’s enemies to demonstrate His Mighty power. There are two wars coming up Psalm 83 which we will have to fight and Yeshuah El Elyon will give us the victory and Ezekiel 38 which will eventually Russia and Iran to “annihalate ” us which Hashem Himself will fight for us Red Sea and Pharoah of Egypt style to show the splendor and Might of His Holy hand. Chazak ve Amatz. ” 5 will chase 1,000 and 100 will chase 10,000 ” ” in that day I will make the least of them like King David

  26. TO STRONG LION KING OF ISRAEL BIBI AMEN!

  27. HASHEM promises protect ISRAEL and the JEWIS and all the believers

  28. we cant stop the Book from fulfilling its self……just have to excpect turn out of events…..n let the author n finisher of the book complete his Word n promises.

  29. he is going to loose it eigther way so it dont matter

  30. God Bless isreal we will all all ways stand with Isreal

  31. your right he could care less

  32. no but we will watch and seee we will not turn against isreal obamass will

  33. Yechiel Baum says:

    ALSO SHOWS US IMPOTENCE ON THE WORLD STAGE

  34. it is too late, Iran now has the technology to do it any time, including in secret 1-2 yrs after Israel partially destroys it s facilities.
    "O" checkmated Israel with this new idiotic negotiation that does nothing but help Iran, who went past the point where Israel needed to act.

  35. Alex Gordon says:

    Is that a crystal ball you have there Bill. It's not too late

  36. Don't trust the Muslim in the White House he speaks with forked tongue.

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