Wow, a lot of mixed signals for Israel lately. While their right to defend themselves from Iran is being affirmed from such diverse outposts as the House Tea Party Caucus and Saudi Arabia, President Jimmy Obama still sits on their latest defense order reading “Relating to Psychotic Despots for Dummies.”
Almost two dozen Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers cosponsored a new resolution late last week that expresses their support for Israel “to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force.”
The lead sponsor of the resolution was Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, one of four congressmen to announce the formation of the 44-member Tea Party caucus at a press conference on July 21. The other three Tea Party Caucus leaders, Michele Bachmann, R-MN, Steve King, R-IA, and John Culberson, R-TX, are also sponsors of the resolution. In total, 21 Tea Party Caucus members have signed on, according to the latest list of caucus members put out by Bachmann’s office.
The resolution cites threats by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “annihilate” the state of Israel, endorses other means to persuade Iran to stop pursuing nuclear weapons, and states the lawmakers’ support for an Israeli military strike “if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time.”
However, thanks to Jewish Americans, or more specifically thanks to their voting proclivities, President Obama was quite hospitable to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their recent White House meeting.
The diplomatic sources said Obama’s decision to stage a warm greeting for Netanyahu stemmed from an urgent call from the Democratic Party leadership. They said Jewish supporters have been withholding contributions for the party’s campaign for congressional elections in November 2010. A key victim of this has been Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada, trailing in the polls in the race against his Republican challenger.
“Obama might come [to Israel] in the fall if he sees that the Jews are still not contributing to the campaign, and get some photo-ops at the Western Wall,” another source said.
In other words, at least until late 2012, Netanyahu won’t have to worry about getting ditched and starved at the White House. And, depending on polling data, an honest-to-goodness presidential visit to Israel may be in the offing. However, at this point Obama still isn’t inclined to release President Bush’s military aid package.
For the first time, the sources said, Netanyahu urged Obama to release weapons and platforms approved by the previous administration of then-President George W. Bush. This included air transports, attack helicopters, precision-guided munitions and other systems approved by Bush in 2007 and 2008 and since frozen by Obama.
A key request was for Obama to grant Israel access to Boeing’s proposed F-15 stealth variant, called Silent Eagle and unveiled in 2009. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have expressed interest in the stealth design, but the Obama administration has ordered the closure of the F-15 production line as the Defense Department prepares for the introduction of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Maybe Obama is afraid Israel will be tempted to go after Iran, being as their chief export is rockets for Jew-killing death cultists and their president is a certifiable whack-job who fantasizes openly about annihilating Israel while feverishly building the tools to do it.
But Obama still has hopes that he can really get through to A-Jad and transform him into a reformed Bumble. Imagine how Israel blundering in and replacing all A-Jad’s genocidal dreams and aspirations with a 600-yard crater would damage those first tender shoots of brotherhood and understanding.
Not that the other anti-Semitics in the region would grieve. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have made it clear that they won’t sleep easy with Mr. Psycho strutting around the region with some truly apocalyptic artillery in his holster. After all, once the primary infidels are dispatched, then there are centuries-old in-house squabbles to settle.
Speaking at a media panel in Aspen, Colorado earlier this month, Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to the US, explained that “a military attack on Iran by whomever would be a disaster, but Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a bigger disaster.”
Otaiba said that an Israeli attack on Iran would spark street protests by Muslims throughout the region, but that leaders like himself would be willing to deal with that in exchange for eliminating the Iranian threat.
Iran, which is Persian, has been in conflict with its Arab neighbors for over 1,000 years, and has never ceased to seek hegemony over them. Iran is also a predominantly Shiite Muslim nation, whereas most Arab states are Sunni Muslim. The conflict between the two sects is often bloody, as evidenced by regular sectarian violence in Iraq. […]
Even in Saudi Arabia, a long-standing enemy of the “Zionist entity,” a prominent cleric told the German magazine that he and others recognize that “Israel’s agenda has its limits…it is mainly concerned with securing its national existence. But Iran’s agenda is global.”