What Might Netanyahu Do if Romney’s Defeat
After the Republican presidential candidate tried and failed to make political capital out of the killing of the American ambassador and three of his colleagues in Libya, Obama said (on CBS’s 60 Minutes) “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Staying with the shooting metaphor, it seems to me that with his latest gaffe Romney has shot himself in both feet and possibly elsewhere in his anatomy.
Here is what he said to a behind-closed-doors meeting with Republican funders who each paid a minimum of $50,000 to hear him:
“There are 47% of the country who will vote for the president no matter what.” And this 47% were people, he added, “who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. It is not my job to worry about these people.” (We know that’s what Romney did say because he was secretly filmed saying it).
This was the same Romney whose campaign propaganda had previously proclaimed that he wanted “to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy.”
In a New York Times opinion piece David Brooks argues the case for saying that Romney is running “a desperately inept presidential campaign… There’s no way the country will trust the Republican Party to reform the welfare state if that party doesn’t have a basic commitment to provide a safety net for those who suffer for no fault of their own… As a description of America today, Romney’s (47%) comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.”
So to my headline question: What might Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu do when his American sponsors tell him, possibly in the coming few days, that Romney isn’t going to win?
In my view the question is worth asking because
Netanyahu already knows there is no way the America of a
second-term Obama is going to become engaged in a war with Iran.
Netanyahu may also know that though they are now on hold until
after the American election, secret talks between the Obama
administration through a third party and Iran have made
significant progress. According to my source with access to
these talks, the clear implication is that early in his second
term Obama will bring the nuclear crisis with Iran to an end by
politics and diplomacy.
A few weeks ago I would have answered my headline
question by saying there was more than a 50-50 chance that if
and when he was told that Romney was not going to win the race
for the White House, Netanyahu would give the “Go” signal for an
attack on Iran, in the belief that in order to best protect his
election prospects Obama would be forced to commit American
weapons and forces.
But in a few weeks things have changed a lot. Not
only is Obama now well placed to secure a second term, if only
by default on Romney’s part, there is also a growing realization
in America that, on Netanyahu’s behalf, the Zionist lobby and
its stooges in Congress have overplayed their hand in trying to
influence the American election and push the US into war. (In my
last post I quoted TIME‘s much respected Joe Klein
describing this influence as “outrageous and disgusting… as
cynical as it is brazen.” I have no doubt that Klein was
speaking for many Americans, and probably more than a few
Republicans as well as most Democrats).
Most significant of all are poll findings
that most Americans do not want their country to go to war with
Iran even if Israel starts it. Perhaps
most remarkable of all was a poll by the Chicago Council on
Global Affairs. More than half of the respondents said that
if Israel starts a war with Iran, the US should not leap
to Israel’s defense.
So if and when he is told that Romney won’t be
the next president, Netanyahu will have a problem. He could no
longer be certain that he can cause Obama to go to war in what
remains of his first term.
While I was thinking about what Netanyahu might
actually do, I recalled a conversation I had with Ezer Weizman
in early 1980 when he was the defense minister in Begin’s
coalition government. What follows is a part of that
conversation as set down in my book Zionism: The Real Enemy
of the Jews, Volume Three sub-titled Conflict Without
End?, Chapter 12 The Blood Oath. Ezer was half an
hour late for an appointment I had with him and I had been shown
into his outer office to wait for him.
I heard the sound of heavy, weary footsteps coming up the stone stairs. When Ezer filled the frame of the doorway to the outer office of his inner sanctum it was obvious that he was not his usual energetic, breezy self. He had the look of a haunted man. He managed a smile and said “Shalom.” Then, without another word, he put an arm around my shoulder and walked me into his office. He closed the door, nodded me to a seat on the other side of his ministerial desk and flopped into his own chair. He pushed it back and plonked his feet on the desk. He was looking straight at me but through me, to something only visible in his imagination.
I let the silence run and then, eventually, I said: “Ezer, you’ve obviously got a major problem on your mind. Shall I make an appointment for another day?”
Eventually he spoke. On reflection I am sure he told me what he did only because I was there. He needed to tell somebody and it happened by chance to be me.
He said, slowly and with quiet emphasis:
“This lunchtime Sharon convened a secret meeting of some of our generals and other top military and security people. They signed a blood oath which commits them to fight to the death to prevent any government of Israel withdrawing from the West Bank.” Pause. “I know that’s what happened at the meeting because I’ve checked it out, and that’s why I am late.”
In the event of a government decision to withdraw, Ezer said, Sharon was pledged to set up headquarters on the West Bank, and those in Israel’s armed forces who were loyal to him would make common cause with the armed settlers who wanted to fight.
I told Ezer what Peres had said to me weeks previously – that Begin was creating the conditions for a Jewish civil war, knowing, as Peres had put it, that no Israeli prime minister would trigger it by agreeing to withdraw from the West Bank.
Ezer nodded and then asked me a question. Did I think Sharon would act in accordance with the blood oath he and others had signed?
I said: “What I think is of no consequence. I’m a visiting goy. You’re Israel’s defence minister, what do you think?”
Ezer replied: “Of course, he would. He’s mad enough to nuke the entire fucking Arab world!”
Question: Is Netanyahu mad enough to order an attack on Iran in what remains of Obama’s first term without the president’s blessing and American participation?
In his secretly recorded statement to Republican fundraisers Romney also said, according to the Associated Press, that “the Palestinians are committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel” and that the prospects for a two-state solution to Mideast peace are dim. “You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”
In what was said to be a “rambling response” to a question about the “Palestine problem” (it’s actually a Jewish problem), he also asserted that “The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” and “the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”
And there was more nonsense where that came from. He was, he said, against applying any pressure on Israel to give up “disputed” territory for a two-state solution with the Palestinians. “The idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to get the Palestinians to act is the worst idea in the world.”
It’s because Romney is so ignorant about foreign policy matters that he is delighted to read from Zionism’s script. What a disaster for America and the world a President Romney would be!
In one of his most stupid statements while grovelling for Zionist organized campaign funds and votes, Romney accused Obama of “throwing Israel under a bus.” Perhaps somebody should say it’s time for Obama to throw Romney and Netanyahu under it. (Okay, I just said it).
Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and terrifying implications – the possibility of a Clash of Civilisations, Judeo-Christian v Islamic, and, along the way, another great turning against the Jews – for nearly 40 years… Alan is author of "Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews" - http://www.alanhart.net
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