You guys gotta remember...political goings-on and public sentiment/opinion, etc., all have much bearing on this situation.
I like to read Haaretz to get the low-down from the Israeli side.
The articles tend to be long but always full of good info....and I find the editorial articles to be the best reading to *check the weather report* as
The one I posted the link to, above, is especially interesting and relevant to Netanyahu trying to pressure Obama as if there is some sort of unspoken
deadline hidden in the US election date. The impression some posters have of Bibi's near-to-temper-tantrum impatience is not imagined at all, it
But this one sentence out of that article sums up A LOT about the US/Israel diplomatic relationship...even though it is meant to apply within
Israel...it bears true outside as well:
In Israeli politics you don't need much more than common adversaries and a desire for revenge to create a wonderful political partnership.
Like...how true is that???!?
More good info in
about NATO's European Commander's assessment of the current threat level against Israel...and there is a little bit which
also might shed some light on what happened in Libya....and is happening there, still, and in Egypt, too...and mentions the US's dedication to the
safety of Israel.
And it just dawned on me...the idea of ATTACKING Iran because Israel...or maybe just Bibi...wants us to...is not the same thing at all as the idea of
PROTECTING the security of Israel...
In other words...if they want protection, they've got it. To want bombing attacks and stuff on top of that is aggression. If we are such an awesome
big brother type safeguard, then there is no need to bomb Iran for any reason...even building a bomb...not that I think they are...but so what if they
If we are that valuable as protection...then it ought to be satisfactory.
Barak might be of the same mind, as suggested in
this short article.
But the main game-changer in all this, I think, is that Netanyahu is finding himself more and more speaking only for himself in these pleadings and
attempts to persuade the US to lead the charge...the people of both Israel and Iran are speaking out against the possibility of going to war with each
other...notably on Facebook but it is spreading. Now, if you read the article about Reshuffling the Deck, it appears that there are nightly protesters
in front of Barak's home and both public and political sentiment is moving away from Bibi's pro-active stance and more toward the idea of working
things out with negotiations (for real, then, at last, maybe?)
and compromises...working toward actual peace that will endure rather than
another terrible conflict where people die and nothing is resolved and more hard feelings are created to continue to brew and fester.
The truth is one that most of us in the US can relate to...the people are SICK to death of all the violence and the attempts to force ideals and goals
upon others who have their own...the main slogan on the posters many make for the Israel loves Iran and Iran loves Israel campaign say simply "Not
Ready to Die in Your War."