Obama is going after regime change in… Israel

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 25, 2010, 1:33 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Put all his weight behind cowing Netanyahu

The deep abyss into which US-Israeli friendship was dumped this week is virtually unbridgeable because there is no point of contact between the ideology and politics held by President Barack Obama and his chief advisers Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod and Israel’s fundamental security needs – no matter who sits in the Prime Minster’s Office in Jerusalem.
When he visited Washington this week, Binyamin Netanyahu discovered to his dismay that the protestations of America’s “rock solid” support for Israel’s security and future by top Obama administrations officials and US guarantees to furnish Israel with the resources needed for its defense were no more than lip-service to the verities espoused by previous administrations. Equally outdated were the standard Israeli assertions that the US needs Israel, its strategic partner, as much as Israel needs America.
Common ground between Washington and Jerusalem has shrunk exponentially in the current administration fourteen months: President Obama wants to see a Palestinian state stretching across all the territory Israel captured in 1967 including Jerusalem (forget the UN resolution promising Israel secure, defensible borders), the siege lifted on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a territorial link between the two Palestinian territories (across a chunk of southern Israel) and a large number of the 1948 Palestinian refugees, most of whom are concentrated in Syria and Lebanon, returned – some to their former homes in Israel, some resettled on the West Bank.

But before getting to that point, the president wants a guarantee that Israel will not attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and docilely swallow his acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran as a fact of Middle East life.
This is obviously what Obama has been pushing for all along, notwithstanding his speeches against Iran’s nuclear bomb drive. How else to explain why his administration has never lifted a finger against Iran – not even in the form of sanctions?
President Obama brooks no recalcitrance and therefore the showdown he staged with the Israeli prime minister at the White House this week was inevitable; Jerusalem was a convenient trigger, but he might have grabbed any other handy issue as a device for a confrontation designed to bring about the fall of Netanyahu and his government.
He therefore has no qualms about seeking regime change in Jerusalem – even ahead of Tehran.

History has shown that whenever a US president decided to oust an Israeli leader, he succeeded. When Yitzhak Rabin stood up to the Middle East policies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter in the late 1970’s, his wife’s illegal foreign currency account in New York happened to come to light and force his resignation.
Twenty years later, the first President George Bush and James Baker contrived Yitzhak Shamir’s downfall over the gap in their outlooks on the region.  After he challenged Bill Clinton, Netanyahu had a taste of the same American presidential medicine which ended his first term as prime minister prematurely in 1999.

Obama is confident that the Israeli voter will punish Netanyahu for disagreeing with him this time round as well. He has lost patience with the endless complexities of Middle East peacemaking and, possibly because of his failure to bring Iran to heel, is in a hurry to get the process moving after dictating its outcome.

Getting what he wants, he believes, necessitates Netanyahu’s removal
The difference between Barack Obama and his predecessors is that his methods are far blunter, swifter and more brutal. After he showed his teeth to the prime minister, it no longer matters that he erred tactically in using Jerusalem, an issue on which most Israelis and American Jews are united, as his pretext for triggering huge crisis – or that the Israeli prime minister blundered foolishly in going to Washington and putting his head in the lion’s mouth.

What matters now is that Netanyahu’s options have narrowed to three:

1.  He can resign and call a snap election, running on the Iran and Jerusalem tickets. In any case, Washington and his political rivals at home are intent on forcing him out.
2.  He can order the Israeli military to attack Iran, an action which would restore Israel to its former pivotal position on the Middle East stage, an advantage it lost in 2006 by failing to drive Hizballah into the ground.
Again, if he holds back, his hand may be forced by Iran and its allies, Syria, Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas, who will be encouraged to go on the offensive by Obama’s cold shoulder to the Jewish state.
3. He can take cover and do nothing and hope the ill wind blows over. 
He has opted for non-response so far against the British decision to expel the Mossad representative at the Israeli embassy in London over the forged passports allegedly used by the Dubai killers. Israel’s failure to hit back in kind has caused the Australian, French and other governments whose passports were cloned to seriously consider following in the UK’s footsteps. 
London has given the Obama administration an opening for further isolating and humiliating Israel.
As Netanyahu was airborne on his way home Thursday, March 25, the Washington Post underscored this lesson: “Netanyahu is being treated as if he were an unsavory Third World dictator, needed for strategic reasons but conspicuously held at arm’s length,” the paper wrote.

Will the prime minister take this lesson to heart? It is up to him to stand up and show that Israel will never accept the humiliation of being treated as a legitimate US target for regime change and reduced to the level of a Third World dictatorship.

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4 Responses

  1. http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/israel-must-be-brought-to-heel/

    But Israel is behaving far worse than most “Third World dictatorships”. Why shouldn’t Netanyahu be treated like Idi Amin. That seems to me to be about right

    • Your Jew-hating tirade obiously dismisses 10,000 Hamas rockets from Gaza, which voted in to keep the war against the Jews going.
      No sympathy for them and why the rest of the Arab world wants none of them in their lands either.
      You can’t make peace with someone who wants to kill you. It’s you or them. That you are so far up their behinds, reveals your Jew-hating bias. We aren’t going into those gas chambers again and we are taking everyone with us this time. Got it? We don;t have to kiss your behind or those of the Islamic Nazis alligned with Hitler in WWIi with the Muftil of Jerusalem, who cowardly deny the Holocaust but want to finish the job and the only reason any Arabs side with them is that they are the proxies to keep the war going against the Jews. England’s warped anti-semitism has a very long history. You wouldn’t even allow the Jews to go to Palestine before the Holocaust, you wouldn’t even bomb the rail lines into the death camps, you put survivors in your own concentration camps in Cyprus, you allowed thousands of Nazis murderers into England and to escape punishment, including 125 ‘Einsatzgrupen’ murderers and never put on trial and then you pontificate as to your country’s miserable betrayal of the Jews when you gave what the League of Nations had given to the Jews, for help in WWI, against the Turks and gave it to form Jordan, while doing everything possible to undermine the Jews on every level with your obsession with Arab oil over Jewish blood. We don’t need or want your Jew-hating support and we certainly aren’t going to let the Islamic Nazis get away with anything either, although they’ve managed Sharia law in England while you bow down to all of their demands. You are a sad picture of honesty to be pointing any fingers against Israel and the Jewish nation and never mentioning anything wrong about the Islamic Nazis. You’re like Obama in Cairo, equating the “Holocaust” with “Muslim Humiliation”, while cowardly ignoring 5 Arab wars and 2 Intifadas to kill all the Jews and take all their properties and make the land Jew-free, that’s been Jewish for 5000 yrs. and to divide Jerusalem, Jewish for 3000 yrs. and give it to the very people dancing in the streets after ‘9/11’. Yes, the British haven’t a pair of balls between them other than those who aren’t blinded by their own Jew-hating politics.

  2. Of course the Hamas rockets are wrong but Israel’s response is so utterly disproprtionate that it is a war crime in itself. From being the victim of the world’s greatest ever crime against humanity, Israel has become as big and cowardly a bully as the world has ever seen.

    I don’t hate the Jews but I despise, revile and condemn the behaviour of Israel. I also condemn the great evil that Islam has become. My own country is far from blameless but we saved the world in the last century and helped to create Israel though you are both graceless and ungrateful for this.

  3. …and you should see this…

    http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/israel-must-be-brought-to-heel/

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