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Roger L. Simon

Mr. Netanyahu’s Dilemma

August 24th, 2013 - 12:06 am

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Despite the intense efforts of John Kerry, I doubt very much that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is focused, like a laser or otherwise, on the umpity-ump peace talks with the Palestinians. If past performance is any indication, the Palestinians aren’t much interested in a two-state solution anyway. And, miraculously, if they are this time, let’s hear the details.

But given Netanyahu’s responsibilities and the realities of the world, his concentration must be on Syria — and, most especially, through that, Iran.

Toward that end, he has a serious problem — and that is the president of the United States.

Mr. Obama has promised the prime minister — who knows how many times — that he (Obama) will make sure that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons.

Unfortunately, the president also, the world well knows, warned the combatants in the Syrian civil war that the employment of chemical weapons was a “red line” he wouldn’t allow to be crossed.

He fudged on that one, mumbling the words “a whole bunch” or some such. But whatever his equivocation, it is long since erased by the recent mass murder in the Damascus suburb of roughly a thousand people, including many children. That carnage clearly passes the “whole bunch” test.

At this point, too, many nations have already concluded that the gassing was done by the Assad regime. (Vogue magazine take note.)

Nevertheless, Obama has yet to act. He is allegedly trying to build consensus (remember that?) at the United Nations — the “progressive” institution that gave us Oil-for-Food, Iran as head of its human rights commission, etc.

In fact, in the face of the Nazi-like behavior of the Assad regime, Obama is, as is his wont, calling in “absent.” The lede from the normally administration-friendly Reuters reads:

President Barack Obama called the apparent gassing of hundreds of Syrian civilians a “big event of grave concern” but stressed on Friday he was in no rush to embroil Americans in a costly new war.

One wonders how “grave” his concern would have to be for Obama to act. Would he, unlike Franklin Roosevelt, have bombed the train tracks to Auschwitz? It’s easy to be skeptical.

This is the kind of question Benjamin Netanyahu must be asking himself and, if Obama continues in the same waffling direction, the Israeli prime minister has his answer.

Ironically, Syria should have made everything obvious to Netanyahu, if it wasn’t already. Obama is not a man to be trusted.

So what does this mean? Is it good news for the mullahs?

I think not. With the Arab Islamic world in a state somewhere between nervous breakdown and cataclysm, everywhere behaving like refugees from the ninth century, Israel has, more than ever, a license to act by itself in its own defense.

The only people who might complain (other than the obvious lip service from secretly relieved Arab nations) are Obama himself and his Islamofascist cohort the nauseating Recep Erdogan. And Obama is not exactly Mr. Popular at this moment.

This too must not be lost on Netanyahu and his cabinet. The more complex question they have to evaluate is — is it worth it? Egypt, Syria, and now Lebanon are imploding by themselves. Might not the same thing happen to Iran?

It’s possible. Events are moving quickly. If Assad’s regime collapses, his masters in Tehran may follow.

But it’s unlikely there would be a regime change in Iran in time to interdict its nuclear program. Indeed, it’s unclear that a regime change would even do that. Nationalistic impulses might prevail.

Meanwhile, allowing the mullahs to have nuclear weapons is the equivalent of giving a loaded gun to a two year old. It’s not a gamble anybody should take.

Although some on the right are impatient with Netanyahu for not acting already, I am not one of them. Timing is everything — and the time wasn’t right.

It is now, however. The Syrian use of chemical weapons has made that even clearer. And waiting for — or believing in — Obama is absurd.

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Obama has only two passions: get whites; get the Jews. At the very least Israel must not assist him in his scheme to hand Syria over to the Shiite fanatics who are, from Israel's standpoint, even worse than Assad. Obama's scheme to surround Israel with Islamists has been thwarted in Egypt. As to Iran, Israel must strike and knows it must. Hard as it will be there must be no leaks that American intelligence can pick up prior to the strike. Let Obama go to the UN and rail against the Jews AFTER the strike on Iran.
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More and more the Ottoman phrase "Glass Pasha" comes to mind when I think of Obama.
All glitter and shine but Inflexible and when he falls, he will shatter.
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"A big event of grave concern." But not enough to interrupt golf, helicopter trips, or the christening ('allah-ing'?) of a new puppy while Holder seeks Justice for Trayvon and Obama is silent about the rash of black-on-white killings.

Great article. Ben-Gurion said, with some merit, 'it matters not what the Gentiles say but what the Jews do.' This is one of those times, apparently.
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He can't wait and he won't, I expect.
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Israel waiting on Obama?

There's an old saying, "The wheels of justice grind slowly but they do grind."

The wait has been 5000 years. That's how old Damascus has been a continually inhabited city. It's the oldest in the world.

But the bible predicts that this 5000 year old city will become a 'ruinous heap.'

Today we see Syria's existing government run by Assad pitted up against hard core Islamists funded and fortified by the Obama administration.

Currently Damascus is home to virtually every terrorist organization on earth so you might ask how it can get worse than that.

Answer: If the hard core Islamists get hold of the huge arsenal of weapons of mass destruction including vast amounts of nerve gas.

The recent deaths from Sarin nerve gas were either from the hands of Assad's government or from Islamist rebels trying to frame Assad.

If from the Islamist rebels, it was likely to gain world sympathy from all the pictures of dead women and children. But there is one thing we know for sure: There is a whole lot of nerve gas in Syria, and Israel is more than a little bit concerned about it going from bad hands into worse hands.

So will Israel strike Damascus, leaving it a 'ruinous heap' as prophesied in the biblical book of Ezekiel chapter 17, verse 1?

Time will tell. Here's Ezekiel 17:1 in its entirety. You prayerfully can contemplate the details:

"The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap."

So, we know that the bible is true and what it says will come to pass. We may not always know the exact when and where but we do know the general characters and overall details.

Let's examine the possible nations that might utterly destroy Damascus.

First we have Russia who is certainly powerful enough to do the dirty deed except for one thing:

They are allies with Syria and unlikely to invade.

Next it could be an Obama-led invasion, perhaps joined by Great Britain.

This could be in response to the Assad government of Syria supposedly crossing the so-called 'red line' by allegedly using chemical weapons.

We know for sure that someone in Damascus used chemical weapons. The question is: Who?

But since when did the Obama administration need any proof of anything in their quest to install hard core Islamists throughout the Middle East?

And if Obama gives sufficient additional support to the hard core Islamist rebels, they might finish off Damascus by themselves.

And finally, going back to Israel, lets contrast and compare their ancient enemies with the current geo-political landscape.

When we do, we find something remarkable:

The ancient enemies of Israel are still there and living in Arab nations all around them.

The most ardent enemies of Israel named in Psalm 83 are: Hamas residing in Gaza.

Then there are the Palestinians in Jordan and the West Bank.

And Hezbollah is in Lebanon.

And in Syria itself, particularly in Damascus, you have a whose of haters of Israel and Jewish people.

And again, that can go from bad to worse if the hard core Islamists overthrow a more secular regime led by Assad.

So there you have it:

Israel has its multi-millennial mortal enemies armed to the teeth with more money and arms pouring in from the Obama administration.

Will Israel act pro-actively to make its move to see Ezekiel 17:1 come to pass?

Or will one or more of its enemies make a move, forcing Israel to take quick and decisive defensive action?

I don't claim to be a prophet but one way or another I predict that the utter destruction of Damascus is imminent. And once that happens, the accelerated timetable of Armageddon begins, leading to the war of God and Magog.

And following that is the war of Armageddon that will be finished and won by Messiah Himself, Who will rule and reign for 1000 years of true peace.

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Good old Aram Damesek.

Interestingly, it is an open question whether the borders of Israel promised in the Torah include Damascus. (They certainly include Lebanon, yet Israel has never tried to annex it even when occupying part of it. So much for the idiotic charge of messianic fanaticism. They have always included Northern Jordan, not just de Jure but de Facto, from the Kingdom of Israel to Hasmonean Judea. As for the "West Bank", that IS the core of the Land of Israel.)
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excerpt from front page new York Times:"a senior Obama administration official said on Sunday that there was “very little doubt” that President Bashar al-Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians last week ..."

Read Ezekiel. This is not that day . We are trying to save Babylon Israel from Syria and Iran having the great power to end Babylon. God accepts Babylon in our day I believe but not the zealots attempting to destroy Babylon.
War had a way to make Saddam a zealot and Assad is now a hard core zealot with Iran. That is why I believe supporting the powerless rebels to defeat Assad and Iranian troop zealots is wise to save our Babylon as we supported Afgan rebels in defeating the other "evil empire"
God has a plan for Babylon I believe and Satan will use China, Russia and Iran North Korea and Syria to destroy Babylon replacing it with a "Rome" against everything will believe in.
People are not slaves in Babylon but they will become slaves in a new evil monster empire if we allow it's creation by winking at Assad;s use of chemical weapons on innocent women and children
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Saddam was always a zealot, and he started the war, way back when. Specifically, he and Assad were Ba'athists, which is a type of Arab Nazism. (So much for secularist being harmless.) And Iraq is still in a state of war with Israel, which is why I need a permit from the government to travel there.
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footnote
But I have hope for Russia as I do Europe to be on God's side I pray
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2nd footnote
24 All the trees of the forest will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.

“‘I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’”

I've seen God do almighty great power things in the literal forest creating temple sanctuaries and it made me have great fear at such artistic power
in need of great comfort that little worm me is loved
The coming of the Satanic Evil beast "rome" does not have God's heart to put it mildly
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Obama's got your back Israel..... He knows just where to stick the knife.
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It is truly disturbing that this president (Obama) sees Rush Limbaugh and Conservative Republicans as being a greater threat to the world, than any other thing. The people of Israel must surely be terrified!

If those WMD's get into even MORE dangerous hands, after Assad is removed, they will likely be used on Israel. That CANNOT be allowed to happen.

I believe Obama's "inaction" on the various "Middle-East" conflicts stems from George W. Bush. That is, Bush made DECISIONS and stood by them.
His critics attacked him savagely for doing the wrong thing. Obama desperately does NOT want to be in the same boat as the dreaded Bush.

Therefore, he plays it "safe" and does nothing, but issue "words of concern".
He is NOT a leader. Hey America, how's that "HOPE and CHANGE" working?
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Take note the Russian Christian Icon show King Solomon as a brown man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King-Solomon-Russian-icon.jpg
So we have the president Barrack Obama not the coming of the heavenly greater Solomon but the earthly, as you has gathered many many wives, backed the murder of 54 million babies to bring wealth and pleasure to the people and demons bow down to him and he justifys this because he believes they are angels in disguise.
Reading Thomas Friedman , The Middle EAst is China and Russia's problem not ours and this causes a big break with the 10 tribe Kingdom as it was first time. Maureen Dowd makes it clear it is easy to defeat King Solomon's enemies because they are crazy. Come to think of it Friday I saw the Unicorn for my 2nd time not yet ready to come to the earth from heaven .
So a rift is in the making with the 10 tribes in Israel leading to destruction of the 10 tribes and USA as isolationist gain more power
that does not have to be if people of faith get the vision from God I believe
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It is clear from the Mishnah (*), written by Jews who had never left Israel, that my ancestors were Brown-skinned Caucasians, although it is also clear from there that people of any race can join.

"The Children of Israel, I am their atonement, are like the Eskaroa (a sort of tree), not Black and not White, but Middling."

So the Icon is correct.

(The basic part of the Talmud, which we date from about the year 300 in the Galilee, although its core may be very much older.)
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Red lines are childish, especially from childish weenies like Obama. What are we going to do, invade Syria? Get a lot of US soldiers killed or crippled so Obama can look tough? The Israelis will do what they must when the time comes. They just have to have their friends put the squeeze on Washington to make sure they get the ammo and bombs they need. And scream bloody murder if they don't.
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The Israelis are thoroughly screwed. If they decide to strike the Iranians alone, the Band=X radar will pick it up and Obama will likely betray the strike team to the Mullahs. Given the international shrugging of the shoulders in response to Arab chemical massacre of other arabs, the Israelis should have even less confidence in the world stopping the Iranians.
Crossing into conspiracy theory time, perhaps these international shows of indifference and the strongarming of Israel by Kerry and the EU are to set the stage for the Israelis to lack any faith in the international guarantees that will be given to them and reject whatever lopsided treaty is imposed upon them when it is brought before a national referendum. Thus, making the BDS movement kosher and the EU and Obama's desire to throw Israel under the bus (or into the ovens) a mandate
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Perhaps we need a new vision : Return of the spirit of the Kings anointed by God. Find the bloodline going back to king David. This line goes back to Noah our approved and anointed by God builder of the first ark of the sacred promise and Father of all people now living.]
King with blood line anointed in Egypt in Syria in Iraq and in Iran. The Kings were before the chief among all sinners and criminals misleading the people but now it is proof rif raf fail far worse than the Kings who can unite the people under God and get the people to have deep respect for them
Return of the King
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q19z6-tbIHY
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Daniel 12

The Message (MSG)
The Worst Trouble the World Has Ever Seen

12 1-2 “‘That’s when Michael, the great angel-prince, champion of your people, will step in. It will be a time of trouble, the worst trouble the world has ever seen. But your people will be saved from the trouble, every last one found written in the Book. Many who have been long dead and buried will wake up, some to eternal life, others to eternal shame.

3 “‘Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.

4 “‘This is a confidential report, Daniel, for your eyes and ears only. Keep it secret. Put the book under lock and key until the end. In the interim there is going to be a lot of frantic running around, trying to figure out what’s going on.’
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Netanyahu has a couple of serious problems with the "go it alone" approach re: Iran.

Israel has limited reach with its air power, compared to the US, and limited endurance. It has to fly over nominally hostile territory to reach Iran (except for it's submarine launched cruise missiles). There is the possibility that it does not have the capability to seriously damage Iran's nuclear program. The strike also faces the possibility of an escalating missile war, with high explosive Iranian missiles raining down on Israeli cities (along with Hezbollah's vast arsenal).

The other problem is Muslim reaction. There are many players in the region who would love to be able to focus Muslim rage on Israel. Obviously, Assad comes out ahead. Hezbollah, currently in a precarious position because of its support for Assad, immediately returns to the forefront of the Jew-killing pack, greatly improving its deteriorating situation in Syria and Lebanon.

Islamists in Egypt gain, as the Egyptian army/regime is seen as having sided with the hated Jews. Islamist in Jordan might gain the support needed to topple the one truly friendly Arab regime left. Al Qaeda would gain recruits throughout the region.

Netanyahu wants the US to join in on any attack on Iran. We have the capability to finish whatever job Israel starts. But do we have the will? The vacuum in the CIC position suggest not.
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>> The other problem is Muslim reaction. There are many players in the region who would love to be able to focus Muslim rage on Israel.

Like Saudi Arabia? Nope. You're raising the spector of the dreaded "Muslim street". So 90's dude.
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Jerusalem's deep problems are not Iran... They are the consequences that must follow when Israel does what must be done.

Can Israel carry on if she is embargoed by America and Europe?

Until the psychological battlespace is prepared, even the most logical successful campaign would blow up in Bibi's face.

There are some favorable trends: the IRGC is being blooded in Syria. Iran is being taken down a peg -- or two -- economically by oil industry events. From time to time, Iran is losing high quality talent -- due to kinetic lead poisoning.

At this very moment, the ISAF is scaling back down from Afghanistan. In one year forces committed will be at token levels. Even now, active combat operations are almost at a halt.

Turkey, Pakistan and Iran are all entering states of pre-revolutionary condition.
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Your points are well taken, but beg the issue. We can "what if" this and "Muslim reaction" that until the cows come home. Paralysis by analysis is the old saw.

DELAY is our worst enemy. All other is adiaphoric.

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If this a gambling proposition, my money is on Netanyahu and Israel. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts they have a workable plan.
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I would place the same bet. The world underestimates Israel's ability to do what must be done. When the Jews said " Never again " , they meant/ mean it. When you think of what they've been through since biblical times and the enmity of most of the world that they endure, it's amazing they're still here and prospering. I think Bibi has a big fat ace up his sleeve somewhere. We will only find out what it is when the time comes.
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