Netanyahu, Make My Day!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today:
- “The world tells Israel, ‘Wait, there’s still time’ [to deal with Iran]. And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?'”
Okay then, attack Iran. Get it over with, already! You’ve been yapping about it for months. Just don’t drag President Obama into it.
Netanyahu went on:
- “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.”
He must be referring to people like General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said recently that an Israeli attack would “probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program” and added, “I don’t want to be complicit if they choose to do it.”
In his usual delicate, subtle fashion, Netanyahu has been trying to inject himself into the American presidential campaign, threatening that Israel will attack Iran between now and November, in an attempt to force Obama’s hand before the election. What he wants, apparently, is a full-throated commitment from Obama to use force against Iran if certain “red lines” are crossed. This while publicly embracing Mitt Romney, who accuses Obama of “throwing Israel under the bus,” and who is bankrolled by Netanyahu’s biggest supporter, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
Two days ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reaffirmed American policy, saying, “We’re not setting deadlines” and negotiations with Iran remain “the best approach.” Netanyahu’s latest trash talk is his response to that. It has since emerged that President Obama won’t be meeting with Netanyahu while he’s in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly later this month. It was assumed only recently that Netanyahu would make a side trip to Washington to discuss his famous “red lines.” But now, the president says he’s too busy.
Draw your own conclusions!
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And Mitt Romney has warned that if President Obama is reelected, he will “take God off our coins.”