Under today's historical circumstances, Israel finds itself, not for the first time, alone facing an existential threat that menaces the entire free world. Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself having to carry out what should have been done by the leader of the free world against an Iran that is under domestic and external pressure and whose economy is collapsing.
The right thing to do under these circumstances is to take advantage of the success and apply more pressure. U.S. President Barack Obama stood in the penalty area near the goal, and then, instead of kicking the ball into the net, he gave up -- in front of 3 billion people. Or if you prefer, he wimped out. Diplomacy is worthless unless backed by a credible military threat.
For political Islam, there is a whiff of Munich 1938 in the air. Talk is preferable to threats. "Peace in our time." This march of folly, of appeasement is tantamount to groveling before the axis of evil, asking bullies to behave nicely. Iran announces that it will continue its nuclear program and Obama phones them up, in a move reminiscent of his servile bow to the Saudi king. In the east, diplomacy is about whoever blinks first. The U.S. has officially turned itself into a doormat.
Netanyahu reluctantly finds himself in the position of a battle commander whose general can no longer function due to shell shock. Israel need not be ashamed of this role, standing at the city gates and declaring, "The emperor is naked." The free world is in danger from new-old forces. Starting with the Six-Day War, the War of Attrition, the Yom Kippur War and until the First Lebanon War (1982), when about 100 Russian-made Syrian planes were shot down in a few battles, and all Russian-made Syrian missile batteries were destroyed, the Soviet Union has been pushed out of the region. Now Obama has brought the Russians back to the region and strengthened Iran at the expense of other countries.
Israel now stands alone not just against the Obama administration and Rouhani's government (as well as the European Union, which is making Israel a Czechoslovakia in order to satiate the hungry Islamofascist lion in Europe's streets). Forces in our midst also create demoralization and issue cries of desperation and "what can we do," and "we must accept this," and other statements that are opposite in intent from the Zionist ethos.
Remember how Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah was a media hero during the Second Lebanon War? How he was given ample air time every time he chose to issue threats? Rouhani has now replaced him. This is the impression one gleans from reading Yedioth Ahronoth and Ha'aretz. It's the same old tendency to worship the enemy, even just because the enemy's enemy is Netanyahu.
The fact that everyone connects the Palestinian issue to Iran proves just the opposite. In fact, Israel needs to hold onto all of its strategic assets. The Jewish state was not established so that we could take part in the hypocritical game whereby the world stands by and watches the creeping legitimization of our destruction. In a world of lies, we have no one to rely on but ourselves and our God.