Netanyahu: Stop Iran or I will

posted at 10:56 am on April 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Benjamin Netanyahu may have pulled off quite a feat in striking a Likud-Labor alliance, but don’t think that he’s completely mellowed.  Before he took the oath of office as Prime Minister, Bibi told Barack Obama that the US had two missions — fixing the economy and preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  Netanyahu also warned Obama that Israel would accomplish the second mission if the new President wasn’t up to the task:

The primary imperative for the United States and President Barack Obama is to put an end to Iran’s nuclear race, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said before his swearing-in Tuesday, adding that if the US failed to do so Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.

“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told The Atlantic. The Iranian drive for a nuclear weapon was a “hinge of history,” he said, emphasizing that all of “Western civilization” was responsible for preventing an Iranian bomb. …

Netanyahu suggested that Israeli preemptive strikes against perceived threats were the result of the Jewish people learning from a long history of grappling against those who threatened their collective existence. He cited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to “wipe Israel off the map,” as well as a recent remark by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to the effect that Israel was a “cancerous tumor.”

The new relationship between Israel and the US has already gotten off to a rocky start, and that can be seen in the difference between priorities.  Notice that Netanyahu doesn’t mention the establishment of a Palestinian state as one of Obama’s missions.  Netanyahu may have softened on that issue, but not to the point where he’s become misguided as to the real existential threat to Israel.  The Palestinians are a problem that requires management, but do not by themselves pose a threat of annihilation to Israel.  A nuclear-armed Iran does.

Obama wants to open a dialogue with Iran, but Netanyahu seems very skeptical about the possibilities for success along those lines.  He declared himself pessimistic that dialogue alone would have any effect, but thought tougher economic sanctions had a chance.  However, Netanyahu also pointed out what should be obvious — that Iranian theocrats don’t always act in pragmatic self-interest.  That makes them more dangerous than any other nuclear power, he argued, because of the strong streak of millenialism in Tehran.  Once they had the bomb, they might act rationally — but how could we trust them to do so?

It sounds as though Israel will only give a very short window for the US to take effective action before Netanyahu acts on his own.  If he does so, it will put Obama on the spot; will he back the traditional American ally, or will he side with the country that hid its nuclear program for years and supports international terror through Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iraqi insurgents?  Either way, an Israeli action will make Obama look impotent on the world stage.  Netanyahu is clearly sending a signal for Obama to avoid looking emasculated.


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The Iranian threat and their weapons are pointed at Israel,not America (at this time).
Israel is not going to allow politics or appeasement to leave it a sitting duck with more evidence and warnings coming from Iran than came from Hitler in the 1930’s.

The bogus NIE report that liberals rejoiced over but ended any chance of hard sanctions is one reason why Israel will not put their safety in the hands of people more concerned about relationships than they are about stopping a terrorist regime from killing hundreds of thousands of people if they get their way:

Now they tell us: Iran is pursuing a bomb
By TigerHawk at 2/13/2009 08:51:00 AM
http://tigerhawk.blogspot.com/2009/02/now-they-tell-us-iran-is-pursuing-bomb.html

Lefty blogs rejoiced. At the Daily Kos diarists mocked Bush, Cheney, McCain, Romney, and Huckabee for having taken various hawkish positions on the subject. The Booman Tribune claimed vindication, having “spent a lot of electrons over the last year writing to you about a committed and sustained misinformation campaign to suggest that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program.” Crooks and Liars wrote that “[i]f it’s possible to make Bush look any stupider—the new NIE report on certainly Iran does.” At the HuffPo, Jon Soltz declared “World War III plans stymied by National Intelligence Estimate.” And so forth. There are literally hundreds of similar posts.

So imagine my interest to see the Los Angeles Times report that the intelligence agencies have reversed themselves again (bold emphasis added):
Little more than a year after U.S. spy agencies concluded that Iran had halted work on a nuclear weapon, the Obama administration has made it clear that it believes there is no question that Tehran is seeking the bomb.

What fools liberals made out of themselves in their rush to
undercut Bush.All this hand wringing and “sticks and carrots” drivel has done nothing but move Israel closer to a major military strike on Iran that could spark a regional war.
The evidence and intent of Iran to have Nuclear capability is becoming quite clear and is verified by many,including the UN:


Iran holds enough uranium for bomb

By Daniel Dombey in Washington
Published: February 19 2009 21:18 | Last updated: February 20 2009 00:51
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f367aada-fec8-11dd-b19a-000077b07658.html

Iran has built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.

The threat from Iran is a major concern for many countries besides Isreal (Saudi Arabia,Jordan,Eygpt do not want Iran to have so much power and influence in the region).
Even though the Russians could care less about America’s/Israel’s safety,they do understand the threat Iran
poses:

Russian Military Expert Warns Of Iranian Threat

http://rpc.blogrolling.com/redirect.php?r=503d6378b0e7bbf4f5488ec58d1fd50d&url=http%3A%2F%2Finstapundit.com%2F

Russia and the West would be making a big mistake if they ignored or underestimated the potential missile and nuclear threat coming from Iran, a Russian military expert said on Thursday.

This has been a huge failure by the international community to address and come down strong on a regime that is the leading sponsor of terrorism around the world and has made it clear they want to wipe Israel off the map.
Instead the international community spent all of it’s time
crying about Bush and Iraq where real change has taken place for the better.

All the “Hope and Change” supporters are no longer on the sidelines to bitc# and complain anymore.We have heard for 8 years how much smarter liberals are.It is going to take a lot more than clever bumper stickers and waving the peace sign to stop Ahmadinejad and the jihadist quest for the new Caliphate.

Baxter Greene on April 1, 2009 at 6:21 PM

GO BIBI!!

wish we had him as president!

the EZEKIEL OPTION draws ever closer…iran is going to get a very ugly surprise…

right4life on April 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Bi Bi is a man of action,and the right person at this
dangerous point of Israels existence!

They will do,what needs to be done,with or without
gutless Obama!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 1, 2009 at 9:02 PM

how realistic is that arms race scenario…really? S. Korea doesn’t have a bomb…neither do any of the other east asians bar china. im not saying its impossible, but is that arms race scenario a certainty?

ernesto on April 1, 2009 at 11:56 AM

If Iran — the country that sent young children into combat against Iraq in the late 1980s — had nuclear weapons, which countries might be bothered?

(1) Iraq, the neighbour to the west? The two countries have fought one major conflict and even now their relationship is tense and Iran has been accused of fomenting violence in Iraq.

(2) Saudia Arabia, just over the water? S.A. and Iran are ideological opponents in a battle over who should control the murderous ideology of Islam. S.A. couldn’t make anything for itself but it could afford to buy something.

(3) UAE, also just over the water? Small enough to be very vulnerable, rich enough to buy weapons and arrogant enough to want to wave a ‘big stick’.

(4) Pakistan, the nuclear-armed neighbour to the east?

Sure, a conflict would disrupt trade … but that wasn’t sufficent to prevent the Iraq-Iran war and the Iraq-Kuwait war. These countries are predominantly Islamic with Islamic values, Islamic priorities and Islamic reasoning. What we consider valuable is possibly not at all important to them.

Countries like Russiam, the USA, the UK and France decided that their interests were best served with policies such as ‘no first-strike’ and M.A.D. and thus the enemies ‘co-operated’, in a manner of speaking, to ensure the nuclear option wouldn’t be used.

Iran might well think it’s interests are best served with a first-strike policy and, given their past behaviour, that cannot be ruled-out even though it seems pointless and crazy from our perspective.

Hence, if the other countries think that Iran might be working towards a first strike capability then they might decide to adopt the same policy.

YiZhangZhe on April 1, 2009 at 9:37 PM

You go, Bibi! Somebody’s got to do it. Plus it would be a very nice “in your face, Obama” gesture.

califcon on April 1, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Go Bibi and blow Iran up! Our Country won’t help your Country.

sheebe on April 1, 2009 at 11:08 PM

…if the US failed to do so Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.

Attempting to destroy the known nuclear installations seems altogether insufficient. Destroying Tehran and attempting to destroy the known nuclear installations seems a much more thorough and therefore much safer way to attempt to remove the threat. Moreover, such a spectacular execution seems likely to frighten Israel’s enemies away for decades, and to corrode the faith in Allah.

Kralizec on April 2, 2009 at 1:25 AM

Moreover, such a spectacular execution seems likely to frighten Israel’s enemies away for decades, and to corrode the faith in Allah.

Kralizec on April 2, 2009 at 1:25 AM

Well, it might depress the Shi’ite minority, but the vast Sunni majority of Islam world-wide will be singing “Oh, Happy Days”.

Shy Guy on April 2, 2009 at 2:16 AM

Men of action (in the arena) have little patience for feckless amateurs like B-HO. This is a classic case of a ‘hetro’ up against a metro. God has made a promise to Israel and it will be fascinating to watch how He keeps it.

Mojave Mark on April 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM