WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has launched what officials termed a psychological warfare campaign meant to topple Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sources in the administration and Congress asserted that the White House and State Department have sought to destabilize Netanyahu’s government by forcing him to agree to an indefinite freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank and most of Jerusalem as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2012. They said the campaign sought to replace Netanyahu with opposition leader and former foreign minister Tsipi Livni.
Given President Obama’s poll numbers in Israel, this could easily backfire, resulting in more support for Bibi. But for all those who think that an Israeli attack on Iran would be disasterous, it could backfire in an even worse way. We have to ask, might not Prime Minister Netanyahu, realizing that the government is about to go into the hands of someone who will give away large tracts of Israel for the false promise of peace, and realizing that his successor might not deal with the Iranian issue until too late thanks to false reassurances from the U.S. State Dept., go ahead and risk the difficult mission to take out Iran’s nuclear capability before his term is up?
To be honest, I have no idea. I expected Israel to hit Iran before the end of Bush’s term, and they clearly didn’t, whether at the request of our former President or because they didn’t have confidence in the ability to pull it off. If it was for the latter reason, Israel may still not have the capability to pull off such a long-distance mission or to penetrate deep enough into the deeply-buried Iranian facilities, especially since Obama diverted a number of bunker-buster bombs that the administration had previously promised to Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia instead.
Interestingly, at the time all this is going on, the news has come out that the Israelis are entering a deal with the Russians to manufacture unmanned drones. While it’s not the first time Israel has entered arms deals with the land of the far north, one does have to wonder if Israel is hoping to win Russia’s favor in the hopes that Moscow might hold Tehran in check. We do know that one day Israel will confirm a covenant with someone who will promise them peace, and who will deliver it for a time–but that this person will ultimately betray Israel and defile the Temple. The instability of the United States as an ally, and perhaps the complete loss of that friendship, may well be the catalyst to Israel seeking assistance elsewhere.
When it comes down to it, though, I don’t fear for Israel, though of course we do pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I fear for the nation that, having been blessed in such a unique way for the last two centuries, decides to provoke the Holy One’s wrath by cursing Abraham.