To be completely honest, President Obama would have started his quest for a nuclear free world by destroying the nuclear weapons of the United States followed by those of the rest of NATO and immediately thereafter the Israeli nuclear weapons once it was actually established they exist and then and only then he might have requested that Russia and China please follow his bold initiative. Fortunately for the free world, and even the less free world, President Obama was not allowed to follow through with his bold plan of destroying all of the United States nuclear weapons followed soon by the rest of the nuclear weapons from the free world and then hoped the less than free world would kindly follow suit, after all, what could possibly go wrong with such a brilliant and inspired plan. Certainly Russian President Vlad (the Invader) Putin would have leapt at such an opportunity to be rid of his nuclear weapons as would have the Chinese leadership, destroying them over as many American targets as their generals could identify as required for the easy invasion and takeover of the United States and her allies. We would like to advise the Generals and others responsible for the United States nuclear arsenal to check the storage bunkers and nuclear weapons deployed on your boomer subs and elsewhere to assure that they are still containing their warheads and not some equivalent item purchased at Toys R Us which look realistic, well, as realistic as plastic made in China toys would look like. The same advice goes for any NATO or other nation who allowed anybody from the Obama administration anywhere near their nuclear weapons as his dream was to denuclearize any nations where such proved possible starting with the United States. The idea was probably taken from the minds of some of the greatest planners whose desire was to put an end to nuclear weapons, or at least that was the title of their end of term thesis for their sophomore year term papers in university where President Obama must have gotten the plan that if the United States and the rest of NATO rid themselves of nuclear weapons the rest of the world would follow their example.
Recently Israel was privileged to feel the weight of such an attempt themselves. Before getting to the realities of President Obama and his plan to denuclearize the Middle East, in all fairness we must thank him for preventing yet another attempt by Israel’s helpful and friendly neighbors to take the first steps to a peaceful and nuclear free Middle East by passing a plan which would remove any nuclear weapons from Israel to allow their destruction thus permitting a nuclear free Middle East and an Israel without their sole deterrence against the use of chemical, biological or potentially nuclear weapons by Israel’s neighboring countries in a first strike assault which might very well destroy any residual ability of Israel to resist a combined assault. Thanks are due President Obama whose Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power for Vetoing the plan presented to denuclearize the Middle East by destroying the Israeli nuclear weapons providing such could be proven to exist while doing nothing to assure that Israel’s neighbors never produced such weapons, only forbidding Israel of possessing such weapons. The motion was struck down due to its inherently one-sided aims and wording. Such plans have been placed on hold by Israel’s neighbors as their former attempts to use military force alone proved insufficient to overrun Israel with conventional arms. Any plans Israel’s neighboring nations might have entertained for a chemical, biological or other WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) first round attack has been deterred by the stated policy the Israelis have let be known that their response to any such WMD first strike would immediately result in the complete destruction of the offending nation’s major cities and military instillations in a single devastating strike. This warning went hand-in-hand with the Israeli ambiguity about whether or not she had developed and produced nuclear weaponry. This has often been labelled the Israeli nukes in the basement policy which does not admit nor deny by Israeli officials as to whether Israel has a nuclear arsenal. It has been assumed for years that should Israel ever require such weapons that they could likely produce the required numbers in quick order, another way of claiming that Israel has the capability but it is unknown whether or not Israel had ever actually produced such weapons or simply made the necessary components but leaving them without their nuclear cores which would only be placed within these otherwise unusable weapons as necessary for their deployment. Quite a preposterous plan but whatever makes the rest of the world happy.
Still, this past week saw United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, and a parade of supporting officials visit Israel with briefcases full of plans by which Israel could take the bold initial step and destroy her nuclear weapons as a demonstration of her good will and deep desire for a nuclear free Middle East. This plan was being forwarded by the same State Department overseeing the negotiations by the P5+1 and Iran which are designing a plan that might prevent Iran from developing and arming themselves with nuclear weapons at the latest in ten years. Are Israelis really supposed to believe that should they destroy their nuclear weapons, assuming such exist, in the hopes that Iran and the rest of the Muslim Middle East and North Africa (MENA) would simply forgo developing and building their own nuclear stockpiles? I think we all know where Israel formally declaring her possession of nuclear warheads and then destroying them immediately thereafter would lead and it is not a pretty sight. Let’s take a look at the MENA nations and visualize a realistic view of the MENA states. The currently most stable states would have to be Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia with the Gulf States and Egypt and both Saudi Arabia with the Gulf States and Egypt are teetering on the brink of full scale war. Jordan is stable for now with her northern neighbor, Syria, in complete meltdown, her easterly neighbor, Iraq, heading full speed to oblivion and ISIS sitting just off both those borders and in a full scale conquest of the Middle East in their future plans. Egypt is facing all-out war with the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda not to mention the failed state and ISIS breeding grounds to her west in the form of Libya. The Sudan and South Sudan are still in a state of turmoil and the rest of the nations in the region of the Horn of Africa in varying states of dysfunction. Heading west from there and you leave the warlords of Somalia behind and take up Boko Haram, not exactly a pretty picture. Yemen is falling before the Iranian proxy army of the Houthis while Saudi Arabia is battling to prevent Iran from basically taking up occupation of their southern border, a wise idea. Iran is perched to slowly stretch her tentacles across the Middle East as well as into South America, particularly Argentina, and in Venezuela as well as into Central America and into Mexico and from there infiltrate the rest of North America. Israel is about the sole island of peace and tranquility in the nations making up MENA and may be the only nation without any delusions or desires about controlling the world or just their region of the world but simply desires being permitted to live quietly within the borders promised her at the end of World War I, the war to end all wars. The problem Israel faces is the world desires her destruction by any means possible selling her down the river at a moment’s notice.
So, what did bring United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, and supporting cast to Israeli shores? It appears that with their recently garnered agreement with Russia, the United States has chosen to attempt to design a nuclear-free Middle East starting where else, with Israel. Why does everything always begin with Israel, want regional peace, have Israel make the required sacrifices, want a nuclear free Middle East, start by forcing Israel to rid herself of her sole deterrence against the blood-stained hands of her neighboring nations. Want an Arab-Israeli peace treaty, have Israel surrender to every Arab demand and then there will be peace. In all things simply sacrifice Israel and all will be well. How about commit to the demands of International Law and enforce the treaties and then leave Israel out of your further plans and dreams, we are quite happy living between the Mediterranean and Jordan. We will face our terrorist forces in a manner even more careful and respecting the innocents behind and amongst who these bloodthirsty terrorists hide than other nations when they strike at terrorist forces. The State Department assault team brought with them the tried and proven false concept that an Israeli agreement to the idea of destroying her nuclear weapons would be a catalyst for the rest of the Middle East. Actually that would be a correct statement providing the catalyst Israel would be providing would be for a WMD assault on Israel preceding another all-out attempt by all those who could be marshalled to destroy Israel once again. For such an adventure even the Iranians would coordinate with the Saudis and Hezballah and ISIS would work in harmony until the end when they would once again turn their weapons on each other. The Israeli Foreign Minister’s office refused to make any comments to approaches by regular news agencies pointing out that Countryman’s visit and the items being debated are such that “the subject is a sensitive one, we will not talk about it.” No argument with that statement and such a position is a proper level of security with which to approach any such negotiations, especially such negotiations with the United States and the Obama Administration. Not only is the Israeli ownership of nuclear tipped ballistic missiles one which Israel treats with the most dogged ambiguity that probably the best idea would be silence.
But there are other problems arising with the Obama administration, some of which reared their ugly heads again this week as President Obama was touting his support amongst the American Jewish community as proof of his, kindnesses and strongly positive relations with Israel, a formidable idea lacking reality which puzzles many Israelis, especially those with relatives who continue to support President Obama. Speaking with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, President Obama stated that there is “not really a bifurcation with respect to the attitudes of the Jewish American community about me. I consistently received overwhelming majority support from the Jewish community, and even after all the publicity around the recent differences that I’ve had with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the majority of the Jewish American community still supports me, and supports me strongly.” Be that as it may, there is also no real bifurcation with respect to the attitudes of the Jewish Israeli community about President Obama and it is exactly the opposite as that he credits the American Jewish community. The President was not done weaving a woebegone tale attempting to fog reality by that old but true friend of American equivalence, comparing apples to oranges. The President went further stating, “But you can’t equate people of good will who are concerned about those issues with somebody who is hostile towards Israel. And you know, I actually believe that most American Jews, most Jews around the world, and most Jews in Israel recognize as much. And that’s part of the reason why I do still have broad-based support among American Jews. It’s not because they dislike Israel, it’s not because they aren’t worried about Iran having a nuclear weapon or what Hezbollah is doing in Lebanon. It’s because I think they recognize, having looked at my history and having seen the actions of my administration, that I’ve got Israel’s back, but there are values that I share with them that may be at stake if we’re not able to find a better path forward than what feels like a potential dead-end right now.”
The old-school of equating the views towards Israel between Israeli Jews and American Jews no longer flies. The vast majority of Zionist Jews have made Aliyah and are living in Israel and what remains of Jewish community in the United States and Europe as well are those Jews who will only move to Israel if they find themselves facing threats to their lives, and many would even ignore such as that claiming loudly that such cannot happen here as we are assimilated and are an integral part of the community. That was the exact claim made in Russia before the Czarist pogroms, in Germany and across Europe before the Nazis and their holocaust attempted genocide of European Jews and was said initially by many Russian Jews and other Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain though coming on the heels of the Nazis the Communist destructive treatment of their Jews was more readily believed this time through as they had actually seen this before and recognized the steel fist inside a velvet glove. Truth is the blinders are back on the Jews in Europe and the Western World and even on a sizeable minority of Jews here in Israel who largely live in the more plush areas of Tel Aviv and its surrounding areas while the Jews in the exterior, the term for fly-over country in Israel where Tel Aviv is defined as the core and the ignorant masses who are not as sophisticated, educated, celebrated, refined and worldly as their betters, realize that the world is again turning to destroy the Jew, both the nations of the Jew, Israel, and the Jew wherever they reside. It appears as it may only be a period of time before the records of every person suspected of being a Jew has the records of their grandparents or even great-grandparents researched by some special committee in order to determine who are the Jews amongst their populations. In Europe it will be done right out in the open behind shaded windows through which nobody dares to peek while in the United States it will be done by checking the religion every suspect’s for-bearers gave upon arriving at Ellie Island or wherever their port of entry was or even when their first relatives arrived and this will be carried out by the Department of State and Homeland Security in the utmost of secure manners with only those who can be trusted performing such tasks. Meanwhile, every conceivable effort will be tried to bring Israel down to ruination weakening her before permitting her Arab neighbors to devour her eviscerated corpse denuded of the ability to fight as the IDF is denied the replacement parts to maintain their sophisticated weapons systems and denied the raw materials to forge her own replacements and new systems all the while arming her enemies with the latest and greatest weaponry conceivable. In the United States, where Israel has been brought into reliance for arms, there will be an extra layer of approval required for any military shipment or dual use provisions where as in the Gaza operations Protective Edge the State Department was required to approve any arms resupply before they could be dispatched, a whole new layer put in place by President Obama such that resupply would be delayed until after the fighting was completed. Had the fight continued long enough Israel could have been weakened sufficiently that Hamas might have overrun Israel almost without outside assistance. It may become desired policy in the United States in the near future should the anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism continue its meteoric rise and then Israel may have nowhere to turn for assistance and be put in the predicament of resupplying herself from that point forward.
Lastly, President Obama spoke at a Washington D.C. Synagogue of Adas Israel. The President relied on the old bromides claiming to be, “an honorary member of the tribe.” and that “my commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakeable. The people of Israel must always know America has its back, and America will always have its back.” And so on. President Obama gave his stock untruths about how his efforts will make the world, especially Israel, safe from any Iranian nuclear threats. His statement which received the strongest applause was, “I feel a responsibility to speak out honestly about what I think will lead to long-term security and to the preservation of a true democracy in the Jewish homeland.” One can only wonder if by preserving the Israeli democracy that included his dispatching of many of his own campaign’s organizers and staff to attempt and prevent the reelection of Prime Minister Netanyahu. He also gave strong supportive comments for the two state solution, an effort which has been murdered beyond any potential to be revived by Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Fatah, Hamas, Palestinian Authority and other Arab leadership. All the while as he spoke President Obama knew that he had State Department staff and Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman in Israel pressuring the government and military to allow for the United States to cover Israel with their nuclear blanket while Israel dismantled and destroyed her own nuclear weapons whose opaque existence has likely saved Israel from chemical or biological attacks. This was the concurrent effort of having Israel’s back meant though the congregants in the predominantly Democrat liberal progressive neighborhood surrounding Washington D.C. who largely value their stock portfolios over the safety of Israel, a population which voted by large majorities for Obama in both elections gave President Obama the same cover that the dwindling Jewish presence in Iran gives the Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei cover as not being an anti-Semite, simply being troubled by the government in Israel, a statement which numerous Iranians leaders have made while the old and venerable Head Rabbi stands silently at their side presumably by his own choice. The difference is that there is a large Jewish community supporting President Obama but many, as we can attest to from our years living amongst such Jews before relocating to the friendlier and vibrant Jewish communities which make up Israel, have more concern for their status-symbol lives than the continued existence of Israel. The Jewish communities in the United States with very few exceptions are moribund and weighted towards an elderly congregation as the youth have largely intermarried or assimilated to where their Jewishness is at best going to high holiday services and having some semblance of a Seder in their homes most Passovers while also sporting the Chanukah Bush which resembles its close cousin, the Christmas tree in every way, shape and form. Jewish life in this world depends on Israel and without Israel it will die within two generations which is why Israel is important, and not just to the Jews but to the world in ways and means measured in intangible and esoteric means impossible to describe with any justice here. Perhaps some day we will attempt such an explanation though this is far from a promise, just something we wish we were anywhere near capable of doing such justice. Even the Rabbis we have met tell of this promise of having Jews in the world enhancing so many areas in so many detectable and hidden ways that the inventions and discoveries become a minor side of these effects. Until then simply remain aware that Israel is vital if there are to be such as Jews and their influences to make a better world for all to remain that force for goodness.
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