Obama Puts Israel on Ice

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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As for sanctions, prominent British commentator Con Coughlin reports in The Telegraph that China and Turkey are already helping Iran get around them. China is Iran’s biggest oil customer, and Coughlin cites Western security officials saying Chinese banks, instead of buying the oil directly, are now “using the money to buy goods on behalf of the Iranians and then shipping them to Iran.” Turkey, for its part—despite Obama’s praises of it as a great ally—has been helping Iran skirt the sanctions by gaining access to European trade and especially to German banks.

Another British paper, The Guardian, reports that U.S. officials themselves “are increasingly convinced that sanctions will not deter Tehran.”

Meanwhile AP reports on further, chilling operational advances by Iran. It cites “senior diplomats” who say:

Iran is poised to greatly expand uranium enrichment at a fortified underground bunker [i.e., Fordo] to a point that would boost how quickly it could make nuclear warheads….

…Tehran has put finishing touches for the installation of thousands of new-generation centrifuges at the cavernous facility—machines that can produce enriched uranium much more quickly and efficiently than its present machines.

The article also cites “diplomats accredited to the IAEA” who “expect little from [the agency’s] current visit” and “told the AP that—as before—Iran was refusing to allow the agency experts to visit Parchin, the suspected site of explosives testing for a nuclear weapon….”

This is, undoubtedly, some of what Defense Minister Barak has been talking about when he says the window is closing and time is running out.

The Obama administration thinks it has time and indeed seems more worried about the effects of an Israeli strike—particularly rising oil prices and economic disruptions in an election year—than about nukes in the hands of a fanatic, expansionist regime that has been employing international terror for over three decades.

Israel, for its part, seems near the end of its tether.

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  • amos33

    Obama tells Israel to 'Trust in the God of Sanctions" and who might that God be? Himself?

    • Asher

      It is really pathetic that we have such ignorant, complacent and apathetic politicians in office, who have no sense of urgency to help Israel or help the World…What a far cry from the character of our founding fathers who put God, the people, and the nation before Self and ambition.

      • sam

        You must be talking about Netanyahu. This war monger is dangerous just like all the extreme zionists who are not even semitic. The European Jews came to the Middle East and could not adapt so they force the native populations to conform or get out. What would you do if some foreign power came to your house and just stole it? Maybe you would join Hamas.

        • aspacia

          Jews are a distinct ethnic group, and numerous DNA tests reveal that Jews have a distinct traits. You bought the Muslim lies. "While the Jews of today are connected historically and religiously to the Jews of ancient Israel, the DNA evidence also indicates that a significant amount of Jewish ancestry can be traced directly back to their Israelite/Middle Eastern ancestors. However, these ancestors represented a heterogeneous mix of Semitic and Mediterranean groups, even at their very beginnings. . .Dr. Skorecki, a nephrologist already involved in molecular genetic research, contacted Dr. Michael Hammer of the University of Arizona, a pioneer in Y chromosome research, and the Cohanim DNA study was born. Their findings clearly indicated that the Cohanim did indeed share a common ancestor. They discovered that a particular haplotype was found in 97 out of the 106 participants tested. This haplotype has come to be known as the “Cohen Modal Haplotype” or “CMH”. According to the study, calculations for dating the CMH yielded a time frame of 106 generations from the ancestral founder of the lineage – approximately 3,300 years ago (Thomas et al. 1998).

          Not only did the genetic researchers corroborate the oral history of an ancient Jewish priestly caste, but they also confirmed the genetic link between both Sephardic and Ashkenazi populations, indicating that before the two populations separated, those who shared the CMH also shared common Israelite ancestry. Today, the CMH is considered not only the standard genetic signature of the priestly Cohanim, but also the yardstick by which all Jewish DNA is compared for determination of Israelite genetic ancestry. Thus, if a haplogroup is not shared by both Sephardim and Ashkenazim at a similar frequency, then it is generally not considered to be of Israelite origin. "

          Here is the whole link: http://www.jogg.info/11/coffman.htm

  • crackerjack

    This Obama bashing is childish. Obama represents US interests, not Israeli interests.

    Israel has neither the intent nor capability for a comprehensive campainge against Iran.Taking on Persia would need a concerted international effort.

    The last thing Israel needs is isolating itsef by beginning a war it cannot handle and dragging the West against its stated will into a conflict that could last for many years.

    This would be percieved as Israel's war with a reluctant and disgruntled West trying to contain and clean up the mess and all casualties will be placed squarely at Israel's door.

    • Gamaliel

      Obama represents Obama's interests, not U.S. interests. He won't keep out illegal aliens and his justice department won't allow checking their status because he knows they'll vote for him. He sues Arizona for trying to enforce the law despite the crime and murder of Americans by the aliens crossing the border. He knows that an Iranian attack on American bases would be harmful to his reelection chances and he would rather have a nuclear armed Iran then not get reelected. He blocks oil development which is clearly in the U.S. interest, because he wants the environmentalist vote and he wants to redistribute the wealth with carbon taxes. Russia's army is expanding and it is starting nuclear submarine patrols because of all it's oil money, America's army is contracting because Obama doesn't develop the oil we have and block projects such as the keystone pipeline that would bring oil to the U.S.. A nuclear Iran is the equivalent of the 9/11 perpetrators all having their fingers on nuclear buttons, this is the catastrophe Obama will not prevent and is doing everything he can to prevent Israel from preventing.

      • ETCJWF

        Very well said, Gamaliel. Obama’s only interest is getting re-elected and certainly not the wellfare of the United States. If Obama is re-elected (Heaven help us if that happens) he will find himself having to make up for his mistake of not dealing with Iran now, and it will be a task that may not be achievable at that point. It is always better to deal with a problem head-on. You may make a wrong decision along the way, but at least you have taken action. Indeciscion in the wild (as in the world we live in) will get you eaten…

        • Asher

          Obama's policies put us in this shape. The World still runs on Oil and shutting down any other policies of being Oil Independent aside from the Middle East is his plan.

        • aspacia

          ETCJWF, what makes you believe he will deal with Iran at any time in the future.

    • Gamaliel

      I forgot to mention Obama is getting us more and more into debt which postpones and magnifies the oncoming economic disaster. This is not in America’s interest but it certainly increases his chances of getting reelected. Charging more to the American credit card to pay off debt will bring disaster.

    • Cynic

      If Obama represented US interests he would be making the US energy independent and forcing the reduction in the price of crude to benefit American industry.
      What he does represent is a threat to America’s future.
      But then you’ll only realize that when you’re knee deep in it.

    • stern

      crackerjack, take a look at this: http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.a

      The JPost reports that Iranian missiles may be able to hit the US in 2 – 3 years.

      Still think this is just an Israeli interest?

      • aspacia

        stern,

        cracked is a virulent Judeophobe.

      • Raymond in DC

        That reference is to Iran's ability to strike the US with ICBMs (not far off as they're already capable of launching small satellites). Iran *already* has the ability to hit the US using IRBMs launched from cargo ships plying the Atlantic.

    • ziontruth

      "Obama represents US interests, not Israeli interests."

      Correct. I wish more policymakers in Israel would bear that in mind.

      "Taking on Persia would need a concerted international effort."

      If the Jewish people have learned anything from the Holocaust, it is not to rely on other nations for their security.

      "The last thing Israel needs is isolating itsef…"

      That horse is already out of the barn. We have nothing to lose anymore.

      "…and dragging the West…"

      So much power those Jews and their state have! And the Muslims, on the other hand—have they any power at all? Are they ever responsible for anything they do?

      This is what's called The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations. It's the Left's very own form of racism (true racism!), favored by them because they can market it as—wait for it—anti-racism.

      "…and all casualties will be placed squarely at Israel's door."

      Ah, looks like Kakba1920 has hired you as a worker at his niqab factory to help him make veiled threats.

      • aspacia

        And if faced with another genocide, and too many loses, Israel will irradiate every oil field in the ME, and frankly I would not blame her.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    As a point of reference to one and all. After the Holocaust a core decision was made by our people, and in general terms it would be expressed as follows.
    Anti-Semitic elements harming or threatening to harm our people must internalize that swift retribution will be brought upon them. Sooner rather than later those leading or in any way aiding attacks will be caught and dealt with.
    Eichman was hanged, incinerated and dispersed and others were traced and eliminated. In Iran leading elements in their rush to nuclear weapons found their dedication detrimental. Granted that the temporary Israeli leadership is still handcuffed by the Oslo mentality, but the people cowebs are being removed.
    I doubt very much that the true interests of the US are better served by being subservient to the islamic cult of death, but if it is so decided there, their choice.
    What is in store anywhere where islamics gain power is best represented by what those demons are doing in Syria and in Iran, Afghanistam and in Aza, Egypt, etc. Add Somalia for a token.
    If that ghastly, murderous way of life is what the US people prefers, it would surprise all normal humanity.
    Personal interests may temporarily affect some US structures, but not for long.

    • aspacia

      Too many in the US do not want to know the facts and prefer not to face the imminent danger.

  • Flowerknife_us

    If any action by Israel is going to lead to a broader conflict in the region then the Nuclear sites need not be the first target. Transportation fuel production. Power generation for the nuclear sites. Major pumping stations for pipeline exports. All those places where there is little in the way of point defenses.

    If Iran starts shooting at all its neighbors then more than likely the Israelis would be welcome to come back for another go.

    Iran could be put in a real pinch with little in the way to directly strike back. Especially when their proxies support network crumbling around them.

  • Ghostwriter

    President Obama is living in a fantasy world. He believes that he can talk the Iranians out of a nuclear weapon. The problem for Obama is that the Israelis are living in the real world and are about out of patience with his fantasies. They're not going to stand by and get wiped out. They're going to strike,sooner or later.

    • aspacia

      Most academics reside in Oz along with O.

  • Raymond in DC

    "The Obama administration thinks it has time and indeed seems more worried about the effects of an Israeli strike—particularly rising oil prices and economic disruptions in an election year."

    If Obama was worried about rising oil prices, why did he authorize military action against Libya which (surprise!) resulted in higher oil prices?