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Caroline Glick writes for the Jerusalem Post. You can read her astute observations on her blog site: CarolinGlick.com. In a recent article entitled: Israel’s Blind Watchman she reveals that Prime Minister Netanyahu, more than once, came close to launching an attack on Iran. What stopped him? Read excerpts from the article below:
“AS EVELYN GORDON noted this week in Commentary, Israel’s defense establishment has been similarly wrong about Iran. Much, if not all of the blame for the fact that Israel has failed to attack Iran’s nuclear installations falls on the defense establishment. In an arguably treasonous act, in May 2011, outgoing Mossad director Meir Dagan publicly attacked Netanyahu for considering attacking Iran’s nuclear installations. He was joined by outgoing Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin and outgoing IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.
The three defense chiefs, along with President Shimon Peres, reportedly prevented Netanyahu and Barak from ordering a strike against Iran in 2010 [Emphasis mine].
In repeated public statements, Dagan has insistently claimed that Israel can trust the US to take care of Iran for us. Yet as Obama’s latest decisions on Syria and Iran make clear, the Obama administration is not committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or to stemming the flow and use of weapons of mass destruction by Iran and its allies. The administration’s repeated claims that “all options are on the table” have no credibility.
In truth, it was easy to discern Obama’s abject lack of concern about Iran becoming a nuclear power from the outset. Even before taking office he made every effort to show the Iranians that all he wanted was to negotiate with them. They had no reason for concern from an Obama administration.
On the other hand, as former national security adviser Giora Eiland revealed in August, Obama pressured Netanyahu to call off a planned strike against Iran’s nuclear installations in the fall of 2012 [Emphasis mine].
And yet, senior Israeli defense officials have served as Obama’s chief lobbyists.
Glick continues by writing that Israel’s Military has been too trusting of America and naïve to the threats against Israel:
Israel’s military leadership failure to notice, let alone grasp the strategic implications of, regional and international developments is not new. It has been going on for at least 40 years.
Ever since our defense establishment fell asleep at the watch in the period leading up to the Yom Kippur War, many causes have been identified to explain its ongoing myopia.
Intellectual reliance on the leftist-dominated media; blind trust rather than critical analysis of statements by foreign sources and colleagues; lawyerization of military operations; over-dependence on technology; politicization of the senior ranks; and discrimination against religious officers have all been pointed to as factors that have contributed to Israel’s senior defense officials’ failure to foresee any major development and insistent blindness to their significance.
Certainly all have played a role in bringing about this dismal state of affairs.
But whatever the cause of our military and intelligence leadership’s insistence on getting everything wrong, the fact is that they are Israel’s Achilles’ heel. Until steps are taken to rectify this situation, Israel’s technological prowess and tactical brilliance will remain of limited value for securing the country and our interests.”
I continue to remind myself that God is working out His plan in the Middle East. Ultimately nations and leaders will have to bow to His agenda. We are told in the book of Daniel, that God often removes and sets up leaders according to His purpose and insights: Daniel 2:21– He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings…We watch this region of the world with intense interest!
The Opinion voiced by many Israelis can be see in an editorial written by famous Holocaust survivor, Noah Klinger. The following is an excerpt from Noah Klinger, a well-respected journalist in Israel and a survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration camp in Poland. To view the full article see:
A leader of weak character
Op-ed: If Putin and Assad succeeded in fooling Obama, Iranians will most certainly do the same.
“To tell you the truth, I believe Obama is not interested in an Iranian nuclear weapon. I also believe that he understands the imminent danger to the world in light of the Iranian nukes. But with President Obama there is still a big gap between good will and action – as we have already seen recently. When he vows to take firm action on a critical issue, there is no doubt he means it – the problem is he finds it difficult to keep his promises.
“When he vows to take firm action on a critical issue, there is no doubt he means it – the problem is he finds it difficult to keep his promises.
Obama, it appears, is a leader who capitulates often and falls prey to foxes like Putin and Assad. They simply deceive him. The result is that the leader of the free world is incapable of keeping his promises.
Take, for example, Syria. But he was also the one who refused for a long time to believe that the tyrant had attacked his own people with chemicals weapons. When he finally accepted the world’s outcry and decided on a strike – he fell for the shady plan concocted by Putin, an agreement devoid of any meaning which gives no peace or stability to the region. To put it simply, Obama did not keep his promise regardless of all explanations and interpretations surrounding that capitulation. It’s clear to all that Assad will not give away all the chemical weapons in his possession.
If Putin and Assad are successful in fooling the American president, the Iranians will most certainly succeed in doing the same thing. Indeed, it is a grim reality when the man heading the strongest power in the universe is revealed as a person with excellent speaking skills but a weak character.
The only conclusion from all of this is that Israel must be concerned about Obama’s promise. Unfortunately, the problem is not the American president’s intentions. It’s just his character which fails over and over, for “the spirit is willing but the body is weak.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scolded the U.S. diplomatic embrace of Tehran, telling world leaders Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” determined to use a political tactics to advance his country’s nuclear program.
Mr. Netanyahu, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, said Israel would take unilateral military action against Iran if it felt the international community wouldn’t act to stop Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Watch this important speech: