Another Tack: Either way, you’re dead!

We can avoid Iranian nukes by opting for the Auschwitz borders or we can avoid the Auschwitz borders but be bullied by Iranian nukes.

Time to quit quibbling. No pedantic hairsplitting can mitigate the evidence: The Obama administration cynically links Iran to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The premise is simple and chilling. If Israel wants a last-minute, last-ditch, quasi-credible American move to keep Iran from obtaining nukes, it must pay the piper by making hefty concessions to the sham paraded as the Palestinian Authority. Boiled down to its bare essence, the White House diktat means that Israel can maybe extricate itself from existential Iranian threats by submitting itself to existential Iranian-proxy threats.

Had Barack Obama ever read Shalom Aleichem’s autobiography he’d have encountered the author’s harrowing recollection of the story his grandfather told him about “the bird-Jew.” That was how the grandfather referred to Noah, a pious innkeeper who lived in constant dread of the gentile village squire. Trembling, Noah headed for the manor to renew his lease. His timing was off, because the courtyard was full of festive guests ready to go hunting.

The squire, in a jovial mood, agreed to renew the lease if Noah would climb the stable roof and pretend to be a bird, so he could shoot him. Fearful of angering the nobleman, the worst consequence the Jew could imagine, Noah obsequiously did his bidding. He went up and, as ordered, bent forward, flung his arms sideways and assumed a birdlike pose. At that point the squire fired and Noah fell, as any slain bird would.

Although realizing he was about to be put to death anyway, the bird-Jew played along with his executioner, still absurdly terrified of what might happen if he didn’t. Obama is the proverbial squire in our own tale, casting Israel as the latter-day bird-Jew.

Israel is now squarely in Obama’s gun sights. It’s blamed for all Mideast ills. Obama, after all, is the high priest of the political theology of American/Western guilt. Israel embodies Western culpability. If Obama preaches American penance vis-à-vis Arabs/Muslims, Israel obviously must atone in more than words for the sins he ascribes to it.

It’s in this context that we ought to examine Gen. David Petraeus’s statement last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee. More than hinting that Israel puts American lives at risk, he wrote that the Arab-Israeli “conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of US favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of US partnerships with governments and peoples” of the region “and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaida and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizbullah and Hamas.”

The subtext is unavoidable: Neutralize the Israeli irritant and all will be hunky-dory.

The latest stooge in the Obama fool’s errand to assuage Muslim animus is the president’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones. He told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that “one of the ways Iran exerts influence in the Middle East is by exploiting the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. Advancing peace would… help prevent Iran from cynically shifting attention away from its failures to meet its obligations.”

Dutifully following their boss’s lead, both Tweedledum and Tweedledee know whom to fault. And said boss, while painting himself as Israel’s loyal ally, insisted at a recent press conference that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “a vital national security interest of the United States.” For those who failed to get his point, Obama honed it: The conflict is “costing us significantly in terms of blood and treasure.”

PATRIOTIC AMERICANS are now told insidiously that by not bowing down to Obama’s ultimatums Israel jeopardizes the lives of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. When depicting a pacified Mideast as a “vital national security interest” that must be secured, the “peeved” Obama puts Israel on notice that he will shove a solution down its intransigent throat.

The nature of his cure is determined by his diagnosis, which in turn is colored by his perception of democracy’s foes as frustrated potential friends. In Obama’s universe, it’s the West’s haughty insensitivity which sparks Arab/Muslim hostility. Islamic expansionism and exclusionism aren’t problems but cultural assets for America. Consequently democratic Israel must sacrifice its self-preservation to facilitate appeasement of Muslims sworn to annihilate the Jewish state.

Obama’s radical worldview places the onus on the victim. Its corollary contention is that were the aggressor’s grievances redressed, all would be hunky-dory.

The great American silent majority may not be fully aware of Obama’s dangerous undertones. Many of his Jewish voters willfully prefer not to understand. They’d rather not admit liability for their political folly – a common psychological shortcoming.

So we Israelis are left alone. It’s up to us not to be bamboozled.

While the current US administration calls the shots, there is no Israeli-American alliance we can remotely count on. Obama will do nothing whatever to even diminish the danger of an Iranian nuclear threat against Israel. Otherwise he wouldn’t have frittered valuable time for more than a year, twiddling his thumbs. The sanctions Obama proposes are preposterously useless anyhow and further diluting them to win Chinese and Russian acquiescence would make them altogether laughable. China and Russia, let’s not forget, are Iran’s principal enablers. Obama knows this.

Had Obama wanted to effectively deal with Iran’s rogue regime, he’d need no allies. America could have unilaterally declared stringent sanctions, imposed them on prime trading partners and enforced an air-and-sea blockade that few would have dared breach. No military attack would be required.

But that’s not Obama’s agenda. We must suspect that he desires a nuclear Iran to render Israel more vulnerable, pitiably dependent and pliable, thereby facilitating his envisioned great rapprochement with the Muslim world.

Obama’s endgame is to debilitate, demoralize and destabilize Israel. All he offers Israelis is a choice of how his inimical goal will be achieved. This may be via allowing Iran the weaponry with which to intimidate Israel or by shrinking Israel into the Auschwitz borders (as ultra-dove Abba Eban called the 1949 armistice lines into which Obama schemes to squeeze us).

We can avoid Iranian nukes by opting for the Auschwitz borders or we can avoid the Auschwitz borders but be bullied by Iranian nukes. The unspoken signal from Washington is: Either way, you’re dead. Yet we are somehow supposed to refrain from saying so lest we upset Obama even more.

Our steadfast striving not to incur more wrath makes just about as much sense as it did for the two Jews in the following variation on the bird-Jew theme. These Jews faced a firing squad. One of them cursed the executioner who offered him a blindfold. The other was horrified and exclaimed in trepidation: “Why are you making him angry? You’re going to get us killed!”

5 thoughts on “Another Tack: Either way, you’re dead!

  1. ‘Obama’s endgame is to debilitate, demoralize and destabilize Israel’

    Gee,I thought it was about peace,I’m shocked !

    If you take a look at the US drawn map of the new Palestine you will see that their plan is for worse than Aushwitz borders.
    Israel is cut in half by her close friend and ally ‘for the peace’. No more Israel ,no more problem.thats the CFR controlled US,the EUand UN agenda that Israel has been slow waking up to.No surprise a majority of Jews are working hard for this same goal.
    This is why the Palestinians are never required to make ‘gestures for the peace’ but only Israel is forced to .These are the Terms of Surrender masked as goodwill gestures.
    What better leaders to have at the helm than the three lilliputians who are busy tearing down Jewish homes and driving Jews of their land to please
    the smiling friend with the executioners blade behind his back. What better slick willey than Netanyahu to bring their agenda to pass ?
    These quisling Isralei politicians should spell the end of FAILED secular Jewish rule but with a majority of suicidal secular Jews bowing to Washington’s no peace, peace it will take a major catastrophe to change things in Israel.
    With no where else to go for help (they have no desire or faith to turn to God ) they will gladly obey their demi-god until the end.
    Obama and Mitchell are always smiling when the subject of Israel is broached because they know the quisling in charge.

    Shimon Says :
    Security is important but we know that you will lead us in the way of peace because our blind faith is in you.
    We can see all the peace and security you have brought to Israel in sixteen years from Oslo to Road Map,
    We trust you because we do not believe or trust in the God of Israel and so we will follow the failed Road Map to hell if that is where it is to take us.
    We don’t have anywhere else to go,Washington is our only game.
    Can I get up off my knees now Mr. Mitchell ?

  2. Another tack. Israel should be glad Iran is Nuking itself – with help from America’s allies like Pakistan. Israel should even assist Iran with IBMD so it can focus also on Europe, American Interests, Russia and the Arab states. Israel is well protected with the Pretend Palestineans and a host of Arab states wrapped around her like a safety belt.

    Imagine a media leak exposing the Zionists behind Iran’s Nukes. Israel’s enemies will then go skat protecting their own path to salvation and 70 vestal virgins.

    If a mad dog, establshed and fostered by the west as a weapon against Israel, is let loose in the arena – remember that mad dogs are not antisemitically inclined. Islam will rule the world includes such meaty morsels as Europe and death to Amrika – the big satan. How much for ringside seats?


  4. Searching a way out of an “Either Way… ” – situation, we must first look for the root-causes of the debacle. Besides Obama’s manipulations, what about Israel’s leadership?
    Consider some recent history: Israelis may still recall the all-stars, TV evening show put-on by ex-PM Olmert as a fitting finale to the Cast Lead operation in Gaza (Jan. 2009).
    Europe’s brightest lined-up behind a long table facing the audience, like some later- day apprehensive apostles right out of Leonardo’s masterpiece (yet they dinned with Olmert before the show). Six short speeches, a heap of empty promises like “no-more-Kassams” , no more tunnels, no more weapons’ smuggling into Gaza. Honest. Well, it was indeed about time!. After more than 5000 Kassams and 4000 mortar shells since Sharon’s unilateral “disengagement” back in 2005, “no more” sounds really reassuring.
    The Gaza campaign ended prematurely and unilaterally (how else?).
    The political-military establishment decided NOT to win the war, and the rest is bad history. Hamas was left to regroup and amass an even bigger arsenal of deadly rockets.
    No need to worry. Since that unforgettable TV show, we have subcontracted (?) our southern defense to the EU, remember? Just now, Zapatero is busy with the Euro.

    Back to July –August 2006: the 2nd Lebanon war.
    Some 4000 rockets fell on Israel’s civilian population, 6000 homes were hit, 300,000 residents displaced and 1,000,000 had to live in shelters. The mighty IDF bogged down in southern Lebanon, waiting for the politicians and the generals to make up their minds…
    The establishment sends another bird (Tzipora = bird in Hebrew) to the rescue – Tzipi flies back , bearing SC Resolution #1701 – deliverance is at hand!.
    The politicians, in collusion with the military leadership, decide to grab at the paper straw and Israel retreats from Lebanon before decisive victory over Hezbollah is achieved, and the rest is…. Well, the “rest” is that today, Hezbollah has more deadly missiles then most of NATO’s member-countries. Taking the a/m statistics into account, you don’t want to know the scenario for a 3rd Lebanon war.. There is no doubt that the 2nd Lebanon was ended prematurely, yet it didn’t have to end that way – definitely NOT if we consider the great suffering , damage and cost incurred by Israel in the summer of 2006. Since Israel has no formal agreement whatsoever with the Lebanese government, this war too ended unilaterally.

    Being somewhat older than the average Tack reader, my recollection of the May 2000 IDF unilateral withdrawal from the Security Buffer Zone in southern Lebanon is a tad foggy.
    Luckily one can read-all-about-it in today’s (May 11) JPost. To my mind, Israel’s military decline began with that shameful and reckless runaway, which allowed the enemy to advance right up to the border fence, to stockpile some 14,000 rockets and build an awesome fortifications network, unhampered, for the next six long years!
    Again, the political-military established decided NOT to interfere, NOT to prevent, NOT to preempt! The price for this criminal complacency was paid in full in the summer of 2006.

    Evidently, there is a Method to this Madness, there is an unmistakable Pattern of such delusional Behavior.
    There is also a common denominator: jot down the names of those involved (PMs and/or DMs) and everyone can see for himself … With those involved in such brilliant strategic and moral decisions still at the helm, there is no chance. There is still time for radical change, but not for long. As for Noah the innkeeper or, let’s say, Noah from the Ark-fame, all I can see is a genetic link to our powers-that-be. Add to it some 2000 yrs of inimical environment-induced stress and you need to look no farther… either way.

  5. Sarah, as always, you have summarized the scenario very well. It is interesting to note that even Barak has recognized that we cannot be dependent on others. For years, Israelis have claimed allegance to a united Jerusalem. The test is now, given the Obama ultimatum. Obama is also being tested and his arrogance may surely fail him. He speaks as if his Middle East policy is a newly created US vision, which, of course, is not the case. All he has added is greater persistance sparked by an anger which is clearly motivated by his confused upbringing. His gift of the gab clearly ignores history, if indeed, he has taken the trouble to study it. Chamberlain was a simplistic foolish innocent while Obama is a dangerous fanatic.

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