There is an awful lot of buzz lately that the Obama administration has no intention of keeping any commitments that it has made toward Israel in regard the possibility of Iranian nukes.
For example, in Commentary, Jonathan Tobin writes:
But though Obama’s Jewish charm offensive may still be in full swing, government insiders are apparently working overtime to send Israel and the rest of the world the signal that the president’s political commitments ought not to be taken all that seriously.
That’s the upshot of a week of heavy duty leaking on the part of administration officials who are less than thrilled about the fact that the president has publicly enlisted them in an effort to stop Iran. Yesterday, there was the attempt by Washington to expose Israel’s secret alliance with Azerbaijan and thereby ensure that it would be broken off so as to render an attack on Iran more difficult. Today, the New York Times has another leaked story in which anonymous government figures state their concern the president’s public rhetoric on Iran has boxed them into a spot that neither he nor they want to be in.
Barack Obama tells the world that he "has Israel's back" and that he doesn't bluff. The more likely truth is that he is undermining Israel's ability to defend itself and that he is, in fact, bluffing. Does anyone honestly think that if push comes to shove this feckless administration will actually prevent the Iranians from attaining nuclear weaponry? I sincerely doubt it.
The president of the United States is telling Jewish people that we must give over Jewish self-defense to his offices. He is essentially telling us that we should forget about the notion of Jewish self-defense and let him take care of that. In this way he wants us to throw one of the very central reasons for the existence of Israel into the garbage... and he doesn't bluff.
...the administration has no intention of ever actually going to the mat with Iran in spite of all the tough talk that comes out of the president’s mouth when addressing pro-Israel audiences. Some of the anonymous sources for the Times story are worried about the tough talk taking on a life of its own and overwhelming their proposed diplomatic plans on Iran. But the underlying assumption of these leaks is that the real truth about the president’s plans was revealed in his “hot mic” moment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev when he spoke of having more “flexibility” after his “last election,” not his speech to AIPAC.
This president is clearly not to be trusted with Israeli security and is doing everything that he can do to undermine Israel's efforts to protect its own people.
...sooner or later, President Obama will have to choose between actually taking action on Iran and breaking his promise to ensure that Iran never goes nuclear. His staffers just hope that moment comes after November when, they presume, he can safely break his word.
A vote for Barack Obama this November is a vote against the future well-being of the Jewish people. The reason for this is because a vote for Obama is a vote to hand off Jewish self-defense to a non-Jew who has shown distinct hostility toward the Jewish state.
We don't need Barack Obama to cover our backs.
We need to cover our own.
Oh, and just in case anyone decides to intentionally misunderstand the point, I am not calling on Israel to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. My argument is that Israel needs to see to Israeli security. If Israel can defuse Iranian nuclear intentions in alternative ways, such as the Suxnet virus, I am all in favor.
But Israel must take care of Israel.
That's the point.