The Moral Middle: In Defense of Israel


Tomorrow, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be addressing the congress of the United States. It is unfortunate that many of the Democrats, including the President, Vice President and Secretary of State will be boycotting the address for political reasons. Undoubtedly, the subject of Netanyahu’s talk will be the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. These negotiations started in February 2014 between the United Nations G5+1 and Iran. . President Obama is adamant that the talks have a positive outcome. So much so, that in 2014 he threatened any Israeli jets if they tried to bomb Iranian nuclear sites. Something that the Israels had been rehearsing.

The current country of Israel has its beginings on 29 November 1947 when the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine. Their current size is roughly the same as the state of New Jersey having a population of about 7.5 million. With their backs to the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is surround by approximately 100 Million Arabs, many of them hostile wanting to regain the area for the Palestinian people. Since 1948, Israel has been successful in defending themselves against Palestinian aggression. On multiple occasions in the past, they have successfully carried out preemptive military strikes in order to maintain their defense, often contrary to U.S. wishes.

Israel is the only country in the area with a nuclear deterrent. In March 1965 they entered into a No First Use agreement with the U.S. in which Israel promised not to be the first to use nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Unlike Iran on various treaties, Israel has been true to their word. Could we trust Iran to do the same? No reasonable person would even entertain the idea.

It is no secret that Iran also wants a nuclear arsenal. Unlike Israel, their desire to become a nuclear military power is not founded in defense but rather aggression. The former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated: “Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation…” he also stated: “any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime…” and: “the very existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to humanity” and: “the Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor. Even if one cell of them is left in one inch of (Palestinian) land, in the future this story (of Israel’s existence) will repeat…” and: Israel has no place in the region.” I think the repeated use of the word “annihilation” shows that Iran’s intentions are not only to defeat Israel but are that of genocide.

Some claim that Iran has softened now that Ahmadinejad is no longer the President. However, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in 2012, “From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this… The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor that must be removed, and God willing it will be.” The Ayatollah is currently in charge. He is President Hassan Rouhani’s boss as it were. In advocating the violent and total destruction of Israel, Iran has positioned itself as an uncompromising villain with little room for negotiation.

Being overwhelmingly outnumbered and surrounded with their back against the Mediterranean Sea; places Israel in a very tenuous military position. The current image of Radical Islamist lining up heretics and beheading them on the beach is a stark reminder of the dangers that Israel faces on a daily basis. The wholesale slaughter of Jewish people has happened multiple times before. If they are not diligent, if their allies do not stand with them, it will happen again. If Iran gets just one atomic bomb, would they hesitate to use it? If true to their word, and they move to annihilate Israel, how much would be gone after just one bomb? About half? Currently Iran has enough raw material to build several nuclear devices. The only thing that is preventing the manufacture and probable use of weapons of mass destruction is the ability to produce weapons grade material. That is what the centrifuges are for.

Current talks with Iran center on the idea of allowing Iran to develop peaceful nuclear capabilities. The negotiations therefore, discuss centrifuges that are too slow to develop weapons within the time frame of the treaty. Basically, it strives to “kick the can down the road.” This will give Iran increased capability but hopefully fall short of final weapons development. The hope must be that Iran will become more reasonable and trustworthy at a later date.

In our negotiations with Iran we are walking on the edge of a very step and dangerous cliff where one misstep can end in wholesale disaster. If we miss-calculate, if Iran has progressed further in the development of weapons grade material than we think, or if they have development sites that we are not aware of, then Iran gets nuclear capability and Radical Islamists get “the bomb.” Odds are Israel will be the target (if not the United States itself.) Iran has been exporting Radical Islam all over the world. It is quite possible that should Iran be successful in developing a nuclear bomb, that it will end up in the hands of extremists. Nuclear capability adds a totally new dimension to suicidal Jihadists. If that happens, the United States, in being so presumptuous as to think we know better than Israel itself, how to secure its safety, may be responsible for the annihilation of every man, woman and child in Israel. Another holocaust of the Jewish people, this time with President Obama and the United States being complicit.

Given the less than stellar outcomes of our involvement in Iraq and Libya the question has to be asked; what are we even thinking in sticking our nose in where it is not wanted? Past performance would indicate that we are about to make a “dogs dinner” out of the Middle East; again. Is it any wonder that Netanyahu is concerned?

The responsibility to provide for the safety and survival of Israel has been given by the very people he serves to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Not to the United Nations and especially not to the United States.

To date, Israel has been very successful in surviving, often in the face of very difficult odds. I would suggest that a better alternative than trying to negotiate with an untrustworthy advocate of Jewish genocide would be to provide Israel with any military support that is needed and get out of the way. Who died and made us the overlord of the Middle East? How did we become so enshrined in the false god of political correctness that we would supplant the God of Israel? When did we become so blatantly irresponsible as to deny Israel the right to address their own survival? Iran has consistently laid their threats upon the altar of world opinion leaving little doubt that they are indeed serious. Now that the means to carry out that threat is imminent, we deny Israel the right to fly over Iraq in order to eliminate a nuclear threat? A preemptive strike is not ideal but it would seem to be the best on a very limited list of options. We can’t trust Iran to negotiate in good faith let alone honor any such an agreement. They have shown their unwillingness to do so many times in the past.

Islamic Iran is, and always has been the villain and our “Christian” President, Barrack Obama, seems hell bent to help them. In the words of Phil Robertson; “God help us!”

Samuel Waen Jensen

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Educated through Golden Gate University's MPA program and previously employed in Human Resources by the Federal Government and Higher Education, Waen is now retired from working 8 to 5 and is writing about Politics, Life and a little Religion.
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