Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Israel has given an ultimatum to President Obama

Israel to Obama: Publicly declare that you will use force against Iran by the opening of the UN General Assembly... or else

 The Hebrew newspaper Maariv is reporting that Israel has given an ultimatum to President Obama: Either he must be publicly declare by the opening of the United Nations General Assembly (on the eve of Yom Kippur) that he will use force to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, or Israel will attack Iran. According to Maariv (screen capped above, Hat Tip: Didi Remez via Twitter), Israel's Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry are in negotiations with the Obama administration over the wording of such a declaration. (Full story in Hebrew here).

According to Maariv, Israel's leaders understand that Obama cannot give an order to attack Iran before the elections. On the other hand, Israel believes that it's window to stop Iran will close around the time of the elections. Therefore, it is willing to make due with a public declaration by Obama, either at the UN General Assembly, or in some other manner by the end of Obama's speech to the Assembly on September 25. According to Maariv, that would give Israel sufficient trust in Obama to be confident that he would do what needs to be done to stop Iran.

Of course, if Obama were to make such a declaration, he would want to make it closer to the elections so that it would have maximum effect for his reelection bid.

I find this story hard to believe. I find it hard to believe that Obama will make such a declaration, I find it hard to believe that Netanyahu and Barak would place their trust in such a declaration, and I find it hardest to believe that Obama would actually follow through and use force to stop Iran if that becomes necessary. Iran is not Osama Bin Laden.

What could go wrong?
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 11:36 AM

Bee's Note:
First, I thank Israel Matzav for its up to date news from Israel that never seems to be reported anywhere here in the United States.  However, since we're told not to believe everything we read in newspapers, I agree with Carl that PM Netanyahu would never present such an ultimatum to President Obama.  Americans know Obama cannot be trusted, he is not a "man of his word", and would lie through his teeth if he thinks it would help his re-election.  Israel's leaders have had enough experience these past 4 years to also know without a doubt that to put their faith in the Obama administration would be suicide.
Name just one thing, one promise, that Obama has kept to the American people and then ask yourself, could he be trusted to do the right thing for our ally??!

See Israel Matzv's report - The New York Times' alternate reality