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Preparing for War: Middle East War Coming Soon



This is the kind of deal making and last ditch diplomatic moves before a major conflict begins.  The Jerusalem Post has confirmed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a clandestine trip to Russia according to a Kremlin spokesman.  Nothing is known of the subject matter, or of the officials involved but the probability is that it involved the situation in Iran and perhaps Syria.  It was staged without knowledge of, nor coverage of the press corps, and without the trappings of an official state visit.  A leased Jet supposedly took the prime minister on this cloak and dagger mission and no information of any meaningful nature has been released by either government to a hoodwinked press corp.

You need not be Einstein to conclude that time is rapidly running out on Middle East peace.  If Middle East Oil is interdicted or facilities destroyed by a regional war the economic effects could be catastrophic throughout the world.  Israel has no option at all and must attack or be destroyed by an Iranian Nuclear Bomb and the fact that hush-hush meetings are taking place between Russia and the Prime Minister of Israel can only mean that the day of reckoning is close at hand.


Kremlin official confirms PM’s trip

Sep. 9, 2009
Herb Keinon and jpost staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

A senior Kremlin official confirmed Wednesday to the Russian paper Kommersant that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did indeed make a clandestine trip to Russia on Monday.

Commenting on the visit, the official said that “this kind of development could only be related to new and threatening information on Iran’s nuclear program.”

The Russian newspaper quoted experts speculating that such a trip would only be justified under extraordinary circumstances, “for example, in the case of Israel planning to attack Iran.”

The report comes despite a statement Wednesday from the Kremlin press service that “nothing is known” about reports of the visit. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, also said he had no information, the Interfax news agency reported.

Nevertheless, there was never any official denial of the report from Moscow.

On Wednesday night, the Prime Minister’s Office appeared to stick to its original version of events: that Netanyahu was occupied with “secret and classified activities” during his unexplained absence of over 12 hours.

The PMO announced that Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Lt.-Gen. Meir Kalifi was not in contact with the prime minister.

According to the announcement, Kalifi undertook an independent initiative to safeguard these activities, and National Security Adviser Uzi Arad had no part in the affair.

Earlier Wednesday, the office neither explicitly confirmed nor denied a story that appeared in Yediot Aharonot claiming that Netanyahu had flown to Russia to talk about planned Russian arms sales to Iran.

Instead, Netanyahu’s spokesmen referred reporters back to the statement issued Monday evening amid a swirl of rumors that Netanyahu had gone abroad.

That statement, oddly released in the name of Kalifi and not in the name of spokesman Nir Hefetz, said, “The prime minister is visiting a security installation in Israel today.”

Asked explicitly if Netanyahu had left the country, another Netanyahu spokesman, Mark Regev, referred back to that statement.

That statement, however, did not rule out the possibility of a trip abroad, since after briefly visiting a security installation, Netanyahu could very well have flown overseas.

Faced with anger from the Israeli press that the Prime Minister’s Office had lied about Netanyahu’s whereabouts, Channel 2 reported Kalifi saying Wednesday night that, “in matters of national security, I take the prerogative of not saying the whole truth.”

Hefetz reportedly refused to issue Monday evening’s statement in his name because he was unable to confirm its veracity.

The whole mysterious episode has focused the spotlight on a reported fissure inside the Prime Minister’s Office, with Kalifi and Arad on one side, and Hefetz and Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser on the other.

According to various new reports on Wednesday, Netanyahu – who was reportedly accompanied by Kalifi and Arad on the reported trip – leased a private jet from Merhav, a company owned by Israeli mogul Yossi Maiman, one of the shareholders of Channel 10 and EMG, an Egyptian company supplying gas to the Israel Electric Corp.

This was apparently done to make the trip as discrete as possible, since using an Israel Air Force jet – it was apparently thought – would have raised the suspicions of the Israeli media.

Maiman was reportedly not directly involved in leasing the jet, as this was done through a company he owns.

Senior Foreign Ministry officials, meanwhile, denied any knowledge of the trip, saying that Israel’s envoy in Moscow was also not appraised of it.

What is almost as mysterious as whether the trip took place, is what might have been discussed, with speculation focused on Iran, possible Russian arms deals to Iran and Syria, or the disappearance of the Arctic Sea cargo ship – suspected of carrying Russian made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles bound for Iran – that went missing last month.

The trip, if indeed it took place, would not have been the result of an impromptu, emergency decision, since there was already talk among Netanyahu’s inner circle during his visit to London and Berlin two weeks ago about a possible visit to Russia ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting at the end of the month.

Interestingly, almost exactly two years ago, then-prime minister Ehud Olmert paid a lightning visit to Moscow to meet with then-Russian president Vladimir Putin, a day after the Russian leader returned from a trip to Teheran in which he warned outside powers not to attack Iran and said there was no evidence it was developing nuclear arms.

Back then, the Prime Minister’s Office tried to dissociate Olmert’s trip from Putin’s statements in Iran, but it was clear from the snap manner in which that meeting at the Kremlin was organized and announced that the Iranian nuclear issue would dominate the discussion.

At that time, however, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement a day ahead of the trip, informing the media of the visit, even though they were not invited to cover it.

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Unprecedented Saudi Support for Israel: Moderate Arab States and Israel Dealing with Iran while Obama Chases Fantasy Diplomacy





First the Egyptians let an Israeli Dolphin Class Sub traverse the Suez Canal so that this nuclear capable submarine can take up a station in range of Iran; and now the Saudi’s may have given Israel permission to use their air space to attack Iran.  Ever since our new President threw the moderate Arabs and Israeli’s under the bus, to demonstrate his cultural sensitivity to the raving dictator Ahmadinejad; our betrayed allies have been cooperating with each other—- without Obama!  No sane nation in the region, regardless of other differences, want Iran to be a nuclear power and the abdication of leadership and trust by the United States, has forced former enemies to truly work together.  Even the naiveté of Obama may have the unintended consequences of forging a stronger relationship between the sane powers of the Middle East.


Consider this article from the Times Online:

From The Sunday Times

July 5, 2009

Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran

Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv and Sarah Baxter

The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility.

The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.

“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source said last week.

Although the countries have no formal diplomatic relations, an Israeli defence source confirmed that Mossad maintained “working relations” with the Saudis.

John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations who recently visited the Gulf, said it was “entirely logical” for the Israelis to use Saudi airspace.

Bolton, who has talked to several Arab leaders, added: “None of them would say anything about it publicly but they would certainly acquiesce in an overflight if the Israelis didn’t trumpet it as a big success.”

Arab states would condemn a raid when they spoke at the UN but would be privately relieved to see the threat of an Iranian bomb removed, he said.

Referring to the Israeli attack on an alleged Syrian nuclear facility in 2007, Bolton added: “To this day, the Israelis haven’t admitted the specifics but there’s one less nuclear facility in Syria . . .”

Recent developments have underscored concerns among moderate Sunni Arab states about the stability of the repressive Shi’ite regime in Tehran and have increased fears that it may emerge as a belligerent nuclear power.

“The Saudis are very concerned about an Iranian nuclear bomb, even more than the Israelis,” said a former head of research in Israeli intelligence.

The Israeli air force has been training for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear site at Natanz in the centre of the country and other locations for four years.

The Clock is Running Out for Iran: Israel is getting into Position for War






Some people in the media like to pretend that Israel can’t effectively negate the Iranian Nuclear Program by military action.  Well, a nuclear strike on certain hardened underground facilities just might change the equation: and little known Israeli subs could well deliver such a knockout punch.  Interesting how this article in the Debka file mentions a low key traversing of the Suez Canal by an Israeli sub that can deliver nuclear armed cruise missile.  It seems to underline the growing friendship between Israel and moderate Arab states like Egypt and the Saudis with a low key display of cooperation. (About as subtle as a heart attack!)  It also manages to give Mr. Obama pause in thinking that he’s going to be the odd man out when the shooting starts because he’s clearly over his head in determining an effective Middle East Policy.

The allies that Obama foolishly threw under the bus will deal with this matter without worrying about the “culturally sensitive” potentate inhabiting the White House. 

Mr. Ahmadinejad would do well to consider giving up the game now before his country is taken into a fully preventable holocaust that must ensue if Iran will not give up its nuclear program.  The Program is vulnerable to Israeli attack but the cost in collateral damage with be huge due to the types of weapons necessary to do the mission.  Israel will pay that price because it knows it has no choice. 

Consider this article from Debkafile.com

Israeli sub said armed with nuclear-capable torpedoes navigates Suez Canal

DEBKAfile Special Report

July 3, 2009, 7:26 PM (GMT+02:00)


Dophin-class submarine

The Dolphin-class attack submarine is reported to be the first Israeli naval vessel to transit the Suez Canal in four years on its way from Haifa to Eilat last month. According to DEBKAfile‘s military sources, the move indicates a strengthening of the informal Israel-Egyptian-Saudi pact forged in recent months against Iran and first revealed by our sources. The three Middle East nations have opted for an Iran policy which is separate from the track pursued by US president Barack Obama.

According to foreign military sources, the Israeli Dolphins are stationed in the Mediterranean, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean opposite Iran’s shores. They are said to be armed with torpedo tubes capable of launching nuclear-capable cruise missiles.

To transit the Suez Canal, the armed submarine would have required Egyptian permission at the highest level, possibly even President Hosni Mubarak. An official in Cairo told Reuters that its passage would not be problematic as Egypt and Israel are not at war.

This noncommittal response indicates that Egypt has no objection to Israeli military craft passing through the canal on their way to the Red Sea and on to the Persian Gulf in case of a decision to strike Iran. The alternative would be a voyage of weeks around the Horn of Africa.

Our military sources report that since the Israel Navy lost the Dakar submarine near Greece in 1968, all Israeli subs are armed when they move out of harbor. Disclosure of the Israeli sub’s passage through the Suez Canal last month is rated by our sources as of high regional significance, over and above the Middle East diplomatic moves afoot.

The Costs of an Incompetent Middle East Policy: Petro Dollars are Not Forthcoming While Obama Kisses Up to Iran




Barak Obama is finding the world of the Middle East a bit challenging these days as his latest attempt to coax Arab petro dollars into the world economy was met with a chilly silence from Gulf State Finance Ministers.  I’m sure astonishment and perplexity played a role too, as the Gulf ministers tried to reconcile the economic plea the administration was presenting with their recent abandonment of the moderate Gulf States in favor of the region’s dictator in waiting: Iran.

The entire Middle East has been watching in disbelief as Obama make one mistake after another in Middle East Politics and still has no idea the magnitude of his folly.  Obama’s policy of new friendliness and cooperation with Iran has all the moderate Gulf States, and Egypt, essentially siding with Israel who is trying in vain to “speak truth to ideology.”  Nothing can penetrate the neo socialist ideology that has come to characterize the moral bankruptcy and intellectual depravity of the American Baby Boom Generation. This blind adherence to a pie in the sky utopian socialist ideology was the brew that rendered Jimmy Carter a disaster as President and by all accounts Barak Obama is following suit.  The ideology says that we should be able to have constructive engagement with Iran and settle our differences like peace loving people while the facts on the ground indicate that we better take military action to rein in Iran before they blow up the region and every economy on earth. 

Obama era democrats don’t have a world view: they have a self image based on ideology rather than logic or basic pragmatism. Mr. Obama’s self image demands that he teach us a diversity lesson by making a friend of Iran while alienating all our real friends in the region who doubtless just “don’t get it.”  Foreign Policy via diversity training seminars led by the President of the United States, for the benefit of mankind, and the salvation of planet Earth.  If I were a cynic I might suggest to the President that if he needs to borrow money from moderate Arabs; its best that he not betray them and arrogantly ignore their contribution at least until he has the money in hand. 

Consider this article from the Debka File:

Obama’s SOS to Gulf emirs: Invest in US and global economies

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

May 7, 2009, 9:33 PM (GMT+02:00)


A secret American delegation was sent by US President Barack Obama this week to solicit Saudi Arabian and other Gulf rulers for hundreds of billions of petro-dollars for investment in US and global economic stimulus plans, DEBKAfile‘s exclusive Gulf sources report. They came away empty-handed.

The chilly welcome received by the delegation, which met finance ministers and the heads of banks in Riyadh and the five emirates, was generated by wide disapproval of the US president’s policy of engagement with Iran. Two other US missions had just been and gone, headed by defense secretary Robert Gates and special adviser to the US secretary of state for South Asia and Gulf affairs, Dennis Ross. Both failed to allay Gulf anger and trepidation over this policy.

Our Gulf sources report that the third delegation, which unlike the first two was unannounced, argued that since US economic recovery was not expected to turn the corner before 2011, Gulf investors still had a unique opportunity to partner the US in helping the world economy out of its doldrums. The general message was that if they Gulf rulers fail to invest in US and international markets at this point, they would miss out on the rewards of the recovery.

Not all the data presented to the Gulf officials matched the figures published in Washington and other western countries. They were informed on the quiet that Federal Reserve Governor Ben Benanke had been “premature” in his optimistic forecast of “slightly positive” growth in the second half of this year, particularly in the fields of banking and construction, and a recovery that will “strengthen” next year – even though US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday, May 6, it was “a good, independent, credible forecast.”

The Gulf states were urged to help the global economic back on its feet because, according to US data, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) would by the year 2018 rank as the world’s fifth-largest economy after the US, China, Japan and the EU. “As major players in the world economy, you cannot stand on the sidelines,” they were told.

President Obama’s discreet approach figured in general terms at the GCC meeting of heads of state and finance ministers meeting in Riyadh Wednesday, May 6, which was convened to establish a regional central bank. But no decisions were taken.

According to our sources, the negative vibes between the Gulf and Washington over the Obama administration’s policy of favoring Tehran have made these Arab rulers doubly wary of responding to the US president’s appeal for a Gulf stake in US and global economic recovery

Jews Rebuilding the Temple of Solomon: Pipedream or Post Iran/Syria War Reality




War can come at anytime in the Middle East.  Iran is working fervently to obtain the nuclear weapons it covets.  Moderates like Egypt are casting a baleful eye on Iran wondering how they’ll like a world where a nuclear armed Islamic state calls the shots and Egypt has no choice but to fall into line.  Obama is bowing low to the Saudi King while destroying Americas Economy with Childlike denial and profligate spending. The Americans are becoming used to rule by crisis and the idea that our way of life is forfeit in the face of the new green transnationalism sweeping the globe. Neither Obama nor his team has any regard for Israel and they intend to steamroll Israel into making suicidal concessions to a band of thugs that will, of course, backfire creating a war that finally destroys Israel or frightens everyone into peace. War can come at any time in the Middle East but that’s nothing new.

 In the midst of great peril in Israel there is a dream that won’t die; the Rebuilding of the Temple of Solomon.  While it’s inconceivable in today’s world that the Temple could be built; in the world of tomorrow, it may become a spoil of war or a symbol of new peace. If the upcoming war with Iran and Israel is sufficiently terrifying for both sides it may prompt world powers to demand a real peace from the Arabs. If ever there was an enticement that could compel the Israeli’s to sign a peace treaty, perhaps with a Palestinian State,  the ability to rebuild the Temple might be the inducement to end the hostilities. The powers of an Oil Dependant Planet can’t afford to allow continued instability in the Middle East as the upcoming war with Israel and Iran will make clear to everyone.  This coming war isn’t going to be a cake walk and there’s going to be casualties aplenty including, possibly the limited uses of WMD’s before it’s over.

I know there’s a prophesy out there about Damascus Syria being wiped out that is yet to be fulfilled.  I believe there’s also a prophesy about a bunch of casualties in Jerusalem from something that sounds like a chemical or biological weapon as well.  Given the fact that Israel and Iran are heading for war over the Iranian nuclear threat this may be the time something like Damascus getting wiped out from launching a chemical attack on Jerusalem will be played out.  It’s possible.  Given how oil dependant every economy on Earth has become it’s possible that the world will insist on real peace so it can sleep nights knowing all the worlds factories are still humming along.


Consider this most interesting article from the Jerusalem Post.  Its still, I admit a pipedream, but in a post war world where too much bloodshed has changed minds and softened the hearts of the most committed fanatics it may happen.  It’s an interesting exercise to think about how the conditions may arise to rebuild the temple, on the temple mount, and what conditions would be necessary to precede such an event.

Feiglin: If I were PM, I’d rebuild the Temple

Apr. 20, 2009

Moshe Feiglin, head of Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership Movement) said last week that if he was elected prime minister, he would try to rebuild the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem.

“I don’t know if I will have the merit of doing something that is the aspiration of every Jew,” said Feiglin. “But if I become prime minister I will take away control over the Temple Mount from the Wakf [the Islamic trust] and reinstate Jewish sovereignty over the entire mount and, hopefully, rebuild the Temple.”

Feiglin said that rebuilding the Temple and all that it symbolized was the essence of a Jewish state.

Feiglin made the comments during the second annual Ramle Conference, sponsored by the religious Zionist settler movement Komemiut and a small group of young rabbis who are involved in outreach in Ramle.

The subject of the conference was “Between Israel and the Nations of the World.”

Speakers who included Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi of Hebron-Kiryat Arba Dov Lior managed to draw only a few dozen people to the event. The conference, which took place at Ramle’s community center, was also broadcast on Arutz 7’s Internet site.

Feiglin said that Israel’s political leadership since 1967 had missed the chance to “realize every Jew’s aspiration.”

“I am not saying that I will fulfill this dream, but I am saying that if I get the chance I will do my utmost to bring our hopes in line with reality. It may seem altogether disconnected from reality to talk about rebuilding the Temple, but imagine how an Auschwitz survivor would have responded if he were told in 1945 that the Jewish people would have a state of their own with a Jewish army,” he said.

In December of last year, ahead of national elections, Feiglin, who was number 20 on Likud’s list, was sidelined by Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu. In an internal party decision, Feiglin was bumped down to the number 36 slot, leaving him out of the present Knesset.

However, Feiglin, who spoke with The Jerusalem Post Sunday, said he still harbored ambitions of replacing Netanyahu and becoming Israel’s next prime minister.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Zalman Melamed, a leading spiritual leader of the settlement movement and rabbi of Beit El, envisioned a time when a majority of Israelis would be religious.

“There is a steady process unfolding in which the state is gradually becoming more religious,” said Melamed.

“Haredim and families from our crowd have large families. Also, there are growing numbers of newly religious families. There is a deep feeling that people want the redemption to arrive already. And part of that process will be the rebuilding of the Temple.”



Times Up: Why Israel Must Attack Iran Immediately Without Regard to Obama




In the end the State of Israel can’t let the “Mad Mullahs” of Iran get their paws on a single nuclear bomb to say nothing of 60 nuclear bombs within 18 months.  If the demented Ahmadinejad acquires a bomb he’ll surely use it on Israel.  All he needs is a single successful nuclear detonation and the Jews are finished, Israel is lost, and the Arabs will have to go to work on the “Great Satan”, the United States directly. “The little Satan,” as hordes of peace loving Islamic fanatics call Israel, is so small a nation that just one nuclear strike will destroy it and a half dozen will probably kill all the Jews, millions of them, in an act that rivals anything Hitler did.  It’s overwhelmingly obvious that either the Jews destroy the bomb making facilities in Iran or a second holocaust will destroy the Jewish homeland. The Principle of Self Defense has given Israel the green light to strike Iran and Syria for some time now the same principle of self defense mandates an attack.

It’s as plain as the nose on your face:  Times Up, regardless of world opinion; or the sniveling of Mr. Obama you must attack now while you have a chance because if you wait much longer your delay will be paid by the blood of millions of your fellow Israeli citizens. Consider this chilling report from the Debka File:



Iran could produce first nuke in 60 days with 7,000 centrifuges working 24/7 – Western experts

DEBKAfile Special Report

April 21, 2009, 12:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile‘s military sources cite some Western intelligence and nuclear weapons experts as predicting that Iran could turn out nuclear weapons some time in the next 12 months.

This estimate is based on Tehran’s announcement that 7,000 centrifuges are in operation to enrich uranium. If all those machines were to work at top speed day and night, seven days a week, they could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a bomb in 60 days, say some intelligence sources. According to American experts, given the current rate of the program’s development, Iran will be in a position to manufacture as many as 60 nuclear bombs and warheads in 12 to 18 months.

This judgment was confirmed by Israel’s military intelligence (AMAN) chief, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin in his latest briefing to the cabinet Monday, April 20. He reported that Iran is going all-out for enriched uranium from overseas to shorten the process.

Japanese sources recently reported that a North Korean boat shipped a large quantity to Iran earlier this year. According to the big-circulation The Nikkei, the North Korean vessel’s hold carried a secret cargo of uranium highly-enriched to 50-60 percent. The ship set out for Iran in December, moving moved at a leisurely pace so as not to call attention from Western spy satellites, surveillance vessels and warships. Earlier this year, the illegal consignment was dropped at an Iranian port for transport to a facility near Tehran, according to the Japanese paper.

Yadlin noted that extreme economic crisis has not delayed Tehran’s headlong nuclear progress or curtailed its designs on other Middle East countries – Hizballah’s subversive activities in Egypt are not a lone instance. Inflation is officially put at 30 percent but is probably closer to 50 percent, while unemployment is deepening, yet Tehran upped the 2009 appropriation for its nuclear program by 15 percent.

Rather than translating the crisis into leverage for persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear objectives, the Israeli intelligence chief noted that the Obama administration has opened the door to dialogue with all the extremists of the Middle East, including Iran, albeit “with open eyes.”

Iran, for its part, is accelerating its nuclear program, taking full advantage of the undercover communications with Washington which are aimed at gaining Tehran’s cooperation for the US war effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Obama’s Biggest Early Test: War is Coming to Iran and Israel


The gaff-prone Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, warned famously that within the first six months of an Obama administration he would be sorely tested in a foreign policy crisis, and that his answer may seem to be wrong; but we must stick with him.  Lots of people think that the firing of the North Korean Missile is the crisis Biden was warning of but I suspect it may be the impending attack on Iran by Israel.

 Benjamin Netanyahu is now Prime Minister of Israel and he’s not going to put up with any more Iranian antics and he certainly will attack, regardless of White House approval, in an effort to stop the Iranian Nuclear program.  If we in the United States were wise we’d help him do it and make sure it was as effective as it needs to be. We’re going to be blamed along with Israel and we may suffer big time oil shortages that destroy what’s left of the economy if we aren’t paying attention.  Many of our Persian Gulf Allies are quite convinced that if anyone attacks Iran’s Nuclear Program that Iran will attack, via rockets, all the oil facilities in the Persian Gulf in an attempt to crash the western economies. 

Having Barak Obama in the midst of an all consuming economic crisis is bad enough but Mr. Obama has indicated a disdain for his foreign policy duties several times during his few months in the White House.  He’s made no secret that he considers Prime Minister Netanyahu a “right winger” and he’s made no secret of reaching out to Arabs and Muslims at every opportunity in an effort to demonstrate the “fairness” that so important to a “Progressives” self image.  Many people question his commitment to Israel and I dare say that his commitment will be tested soon in what’s likely to become a regional war in the Middle East.  I believe the attack could come at any time this year and I don’t’ think Obama is aware of the Prime Ministers resolve on this issue. 

I pray that the United States will maintain its support for Israel and head this blunt warning from the Prime Minister and make ACTIVE PREPERATIONS FOR A REGIONAL WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST.  Obama seems to have great regard for his ability to dialogue with implacable enemies and somehow bring peace but: I also hope he stations several aircraft carrier groups and anti missile assets in the Persian Gulf.  Cynic that I am I tend to place more faith in a fully operational battery of patriot missiles and a couple of carrier groups than I do in the golden oratory of Barak Obama.

Here is a telling article from the Jerusalem Post on the subject:


PM: We may be forced to attack Iran

Apr. 1, 2009

The primary imperative for the United States and President Barack Obama is to put an end to Iran’s nuclear race, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said before his swearing-in Tuesday, adding that if the US failed to do so Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.

“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told The Atlantic. The Iranian drive for a nuclear weapon was a “hinge of history,” he said, emphasizing that all of “Western civilization” was responsible for preventing an Iranian bomb.

“You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs,” Netanyahu said of the Iranian regime. “When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”

Netanyahu suggested that Israeli preemptive strikes against perceived threats were the result of the Jewish people learning from a long history of grappling against those who threatened their collective existence. He cited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to “wipe Israel off the map,” as well as a recent remark by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to the effect that Israel was a “cancerous tumor.”

However, despite Iran’s singling-out of Israel, he said, the rest of the world would be well advised to take the threat emanating from Teheran seriously. He voiced support for Obama’s strategy of engaging Iran in dialogue, as long as the negotiations worked swiftly to convince Iran to relinquish its nuclear program.

“How you achieve this goal is less important than achieving it,” he said, although he was not optimistic regarding the chances that dialogue could persuade Iran to reconsider its interests. Nevertheless, he said, economic sanctions could still make a difference. “I think the Iranian economy is very weak, which makes Iran susceptible to sanctions that can be ratcheted up by a variety of means,” he said.

Iran’s leadership, Netanyahu added, was not immune to pressure, but fanatic elements made it extremely dangerous to risk relying on economic sanctions alone.

“Iran is a composite leadership, but in that composite leadership there are elements of wide-eyed fanaticism that do not exist right now in any other would-be nuclear power in the world. That’s what makes them so dangerous,” he said. “Since the dawn of the nuclear age, we have not had a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest. People say that they’ll behave like any other nuclear power. Can you take the risk? Can you assume that?”

Netanyahu cited Teheran’s tactics during its protracted war with Iraq in the 1980s as evidence of irrational behavior on the part of Iran. “[They] wasted over a million lives without batting an eyelash,” he said. “It didn’t sear a terrible wound into the Iranian consciousness. It wasn’t Britain after World War I, lapsing into pacifism because of the great tragedy of a loss of a generation. You see nothing of the kind.”

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