Much of the big news on the anniversary of 9-11 came from the Middle East. There was the attack on the US Embassies in Egypt and Libya and the reports of Obama’s refusal to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he comes to the United States at the end of September.
An Israeli official earlier told Reuters on condition of anonymity that
Netanyahu’s aides had asked for a meeting and “the White House has got
back to us and said it appears a meeting is not possible. It said that
the president’s schedule will not permit that
When the story first broke White House spokesman Tommy Vietor confirmed to Fox News that Obama is not expected to meet with Netanyahu, though insisted it was just a scheduling problem (there is that Letterman appearance while he is in NY–he needs to write some jokes). The spokesman said Obama will be at the United Nations on Sept. 24 and leave the following day, while Netanyahu won’t be in the city until later in the week. But later in the day the White House, scrambling to preempt any political fallout rejected the notion that Netanyahu asked for the meeting.
But late Tuesday, the White House released a statement denying that any formal offer was made for a meeting in the capital — without saying whether an offer was made for a meeting elsewhere, like New York. “Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied,” the statement said.
Anyone who was surprised by news that Obama doesn’t want to sit down with Bibi has not been paying attention to the news over the past three weeks.
While the President and his campaign spokespeople have been claiming there is no “sunlight” between the United States and Israel on Iran it is clear that a deep chasm has opened up between the two countries. Or to put it another way the Obama Administration has decided to abandon Israel, preferring that the only democracy in the Middle East face Iran’s nuclear weapons alone. At the same time the Obama administration has Iran know that Israel is on her own, a show of weakness from America which will make an Israeli attack more likely.
The end of August saw a flurry of activity starting with A UN report revealing that Iran doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines
it has in an underground bunker, showing that Tehran continued to defy
Western pressure to stop its atomic work.
That same week the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey told a crowd in London
he does not want to be “complicit” if Israel chose to strike Iran’s nuclear
program, positing that a premature attack would dissolve the
international pressure on the Islamic Republic, The Guardian reported. Dempsey said an attack would “clearly delay
but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program,” but added that the
“international coalition” pressuring Iran “could be undone if it was
The State Department also got into the act of pulling the rug out from under Israel. One paper reported the Obama administration was trying to make a deal with the Iranians “you don’t attack us we wont help Israel attack you.”
The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European
nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s
nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American
interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.
to the report, Washington used covert back-channels in Europe to
clarify that the US does not intend to back Israel in a strike that may
spark a regional conflict.
The Obama administration has said they oppose a unilateral Israeli strike because of their belief diplomacy and sanctions still need time to work; an Israeli attack could destabilize the entire Middle East, an Israeli attack would only delay Iranian nukes for a short time, yada, yada, yada.
Truth be told Israel doesn’t want to strike Iran either. The do want the Obama administration to keep its promise to prevent the Iranians from creating nuclear weapons, something the administration should desire also. Iran may be pointing the first nuclear missile at Israel, but the second one will be aimed at the US or our citizens overses.
With the latest Iranian news, and the Obama administrations public signal of their intent to allow Israel twist in the wind, Israel has lost confidence in Obama’s seriousness and will do all that she can to protect her people.
In a radio interview, Congressman Mike Rogers reported about an early September meeting he held with Nentanyahu and American Ambassador Dan Sharpiro. Netanyahu began a tirade against the US president,
attacking him for not doing enough on Iran.
“Instead of pressuring Iran
in an effective way, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to
attack the nuclear facilities,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying.
Rogers described the meeting as
“Very tense. Some very
sharp… exchanges and it was very, very clear the Israelis had lost
their patience with the (Obama) Administration. There was
no doubt. You could not walk out of that meeting and think that they had
not lost their patience with this Administration. We’ve had sharp exchanges with other heads of state and in
intelligence services and other things, but nothing at that level that
I’ve seen in all my time where people were clearly that agitated,
clearly that worked up about a particular issue where there was a very
sharp exchange….Certainly when you walk out of that meeting you get the feeling that
they [Israel] are finally at wits’ end, and that’s what concerned me
about the meeting,”
What Israel is looking for from the United States is a line in the sand. Despite sanctions, Iran is moving quickly to the point they will be able to create nuclear weapons. The verbal threats are still coming from Iran and her allies toward Israel. Israel is not looking for the US to attack Iran, but only to tell Iran when enough is enough.
Continuing the administration’s weak stance, this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Bloomberg Radio that “we’re not setting deadlines” for Iran to halt its program.
Netanyahu responded to Clinton’s words during a news conferenceon 9/11.
“The sanctions have hurt the Iranian economy, but they haven’t
stopped the Iranian nuclear program. That’s a fact,” Netanyahu said. “And
the fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to
nuclear bombs,” Netanyahu added. “The world tells Israel: ‘Wait. There’s
still time.’ And I say: ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the
international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t
have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”
Today on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 our embassies in Egypt and Libya were attacked. An American at the Libyan embassy was shot and killed, the attacks were supposedly in response to an anti-Islam video living on you tube. Obama’s condemnation of the attacks began with his excusing them.
Appearing with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said: “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal attacks.”
That response is not lost on Israel or Iran, the United States did not support its own embassies when attacked, why should Israel trust, or Iran fear an Obama Administration.
The public rebukes of Israel made by the Obama Administration over the past two weeks are a message to Iran. With his weakness and indecision, the President who claims to have Israel’s back has given Iran a de-facto green light to move ahead with its nuclear plans. In the end if Israel ends up striking Iran, it is Barack Obama’s weakness that pushed the Jewish State to protect herself.
Barack Obama may have told told Israel to Drop Dead, but Israel will not comply.