Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Obama on Iran and Israel

Put this in the category, that is becoming a trend with the Obama Administration's foreign policy ,that it's better to be an enemy of the United State than a long standing friend.

According to The Jerusalem Post, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Obama "Enforcer" has said, according to sources in Washington,that the task of forming an international coalition to thwart Iran's nuclear program will be made easier if progress is made in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli TV stations had reported Monday night that Emanuel had actually linked the two matters, saying that the efforts to stop Iran hinged on peace talks with the Palestinians. The remarks were reportedly made in a closed-door meeting previous day with 300 major AIPAC donors on Sunday.

Of course, this this is bad policy for both the United States and Israel for three reasons:

1. Even if Israel were to make large concessions to the Palestinians this would not bring peace to Israel,the Middle East nor would it stop Iran from their progress toward nuclear weapons. Only destroying Israel will satisfy the Palestinians and Iran.

2. It is just as much in the United States interest to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program as Israel's. No amount of concessions by the Israel will cause the "international coalition" to do anything meaningful regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program.They just don't have the courage or will. They use the Palestinian issue as an excuse and cover for their unwillingness to act.This is a "smoke screen" by the other Arab countries, Western Europe, Russia and China.

3. Regardless of what Israel does or doesn't do the Obama Administration will not do what is necessary to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program. The Obama Administration finds it much easier to pressure our friends than our enemies.

If Israel wants to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program they will have to do it themselves without any help from the United States.

Click on the title for a link to The Jerusalem Post news story.