Israel's Olmert: ”We have declared war on the US"

olmertThe Obama administration can’t take the heat. Stung by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the so-called “deal” made with Iran, President Obama has asked the Israeli leader to “take a breather from his clamorous criticism,” according to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius.

Netanyahu’s anger is justified. Despite the ostensible reality that Israel is America’s staunchest Middle East ally, the Obama administration was engaged in six months of secret, high-level talks with Israel’s foremost enemy. Obama informed Netanyahu of this reality on September 30. And while he seemingly took Obama’s announcement in stride, a day later the Israeli Prime Minister delivered a blistering speech to the UN General Assembly, calling Iranian President Hasan Rouhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” looking to exploit this latest diplomatic effort to advance his nation’s nuclear weapons agenda. He also made it clear where his nation stood on the issue. “I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” he insisted. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”

In the following weeks, there was no let up by Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, and on November 24 Obama phoned the Prime Minister in an effort assuage his concerns. The two leaders agreed to have an Israeli delegation, headed by National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, ensconced in Washington, D.C. to iron out a deal that keeps Israel in the loop going forward. Obama also assured Netanyahu the both nations were on the same page with regard Iranian policy goals. It was during that phone call that Obama reportedly asked Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric.

By last Thursday, it became apparent that while Netanyahu might shift his criticism away from the deal itself, he was not about to keep quiet. “The largest darkness that threatens the world today is a nuclear Iran,” the Times of Israel quoted Netanyahu as saying. “We are bound to do all we can to prevent this darkness. If possible, we will do this diplomatically. If not, we will act as a light unto the nations.”

netanyahu-shut-upYesterday, in a response to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s ridiculous criticism of his approach to the issue, Netanyahu reiterated his intention to keep talking. ”In contrast to others, when I see that the vital security interests of Israeli citizens are at stake, I will not shut up,” he declared. ”It is very easy to keep quiet. It is easy to receive pats on the shoulder from the international community, to bow one’s head, but I am committed to the security of my people. I am committed to the future of my country, and in contrast to periods in the past, we have a loud and clear voice among the nations and we will make it heard in order to warn–in time–against dangers,” he added.

Olmert, speaking at an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, had likened the ongoing criticism as tantamount to an act of war against the United States. ”We have declared war on the US. That cannot be disputed,” said Olmert, who further insisted that Israel needs to avoid anything that might be construed as a “fight” with its closest ally. And while Olmert conceded that a nuclear Iran was a threat to Israeli interests, he stressed that the Jewish State should allow the United States to take the lead in preventing that reality from occurring.

Netanyahu seemingly offered both Olmert and Obama a fig leaf in that regard. ”We always remember that the US has been, remains and always will be Israel’s greatest friend,” he said.

Yet actions speak louder than words. Israeli Defense Forces told British newspaper The Sunday Times that the Israeli leader has ordered Mossad, its international espionage agency, and Aman, its primary military intelligence organization, to search for any evidence that violates the deal signed in Geneva eight days ago. “Everyone has his own view regarding the Geneva agreement,” an Israeli intelligence source was quoted as saying. “But it is clear that if a smoking gun is produced, it will tumble like a house of cards.”

The source further noted that the Israelis will focus their attention on three aspects of clandestine activity, namely bomb designs, ballistic missile development, and secret uranium enrichment sites. “Iran would not have invested such a fortune [estimated at $200 billion] if in the end it does not produce nuclear weapons and turn Iran into a regional superpower,” insisted an unidentified Israeli official.

Undaunted, the Iranians continue to push the envelope. On Saturday, Rouhani announced that his nation will begin construction on a second nuclear power plant in the Bushehr province in southwest Iran. “The first nuclear power plant is in operation in Bushehr province, and the construction of the second one will soon kick off; development of new atomic power plants in the country will start in earnest and there will be nuclear reactors in most parts of Bushehr province,” the Iranian Tasnim news agency reported Rouhani as saying. Tehran pushed the envelope even further, identifying an additional 16 sites they consider suitable for nuclear power plants.

In the meantime, while the American left is celebrating this “historic” achievement, it is worth remembering two sobering realities. First and foremost, there is no deal. As noted last week, the Iranians contend the White House put out an inaccurate fact sheet regarding what was agreed to, and the State Department was forced to admit that the much-ballyhooed six-month interim agreement has not begun, nor is there any mechanism in place to prevent Iran from continuing to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

Second, Americans either forget or are unaware of the reality that Rouhani is a front man for the real power in Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. That would be the same Ali Khamenei who continues to refer to the United States as the “Great Satan,” and who told thousands of Iran’s Basij militiamen late in November that Israel is the “sinister, unclean, rabid dog of the region.” “The real threats to the world are evil powers including the Zionist regime and its supporters,” Khamenei said. “The Zionist regime is doomed to destruction, because this despicable regime was formed by power and imposed on the world, and nothing which is imposed will last,” he added.

The Obama administration’s reaction to Khamenei’s rhetoric? According to the Washington Post, it was “brushed off” by officials shortly before the talks in Geneva began. Peace at any price requires nothing less.

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  • np2k

    Israel is been left alone…hope now they will wake up…God is the only one who can save you…you trusted your friend who changed to GAY…when you go away from GOD this is what will happen
    They drew a red line to attack Syria…what happened to the red line? changed to PINK? they sided with IRAN…now everything seems to be against you…Turkey moved to IRAN[exposed your spy ring], Egypt moving towards Russia…Except Saudi, either IRAN is going to visit Sunni nation or they are been invited to visit IRAN…look at GOD…he never like to go for a treaty with others as he is the Saviour

    • Peaceforleb

      Sorry, but since when was God a person. ?

      • 5thDrawer

        He just doesn’t like gays … has to work a ‘god theory’ into it somewhere …. :-))

      • np2k

        getting back the word Person…thanks for correcting me…

  • np2k

    Israel is been left alone…hope now they will wake up…God is the only person who can save you…you trusted your friend who changed to GAY…when you go away from GOD this is what will happen
    They drew a red line to attack Syria…what happened to the dead line? they sided with IRAN…now everything seems to be against you…Turkey moved to IRAN[exposed your spy ring], Egypt moving towards Russia…Except Saudi either IRAN is going to visit Sunni nation or they are been invited to visit IRAN…look at GOD…he never like to go for a treaty with others as he is the Saviour

    • Peaceforleb

      Sorry, but since when was God a person. ?

      • 5thDrawer

        He just doesn’t like gays … has to work a ‘god theory’ into it somewhere …. :-))

      • np2k

        getting back the word Person…thanks for correcting me…

  • Peaceforleb

    Calling out to Man O, make sure you also supply the above idiot with enough tissues.

  • Peaceforleb

    Calling out to Man O, make sure you also supply the above idiot with enough tissues.

  • The real lebanese

    Dumb decision politically for the US. The lost the Saudis and now the Israelis. Iran will stay with Russia so the US cant count on them as an ally.

    On the other hand, dumb decision by Israel if they were to actually cut ties with the US. That would actually spell the end for them.

    • Peaceforleb

      Lets hope they do cut ties with the US. Then we will see how powerful they really are. 🙂

      • MekensehParty

        Amen

  • The real lebanese

    Dumb decision politically for the US. The lost the Saudis and now the Israelis. Iran will stay with Russia so the US cant count on them as an ally.

    On the other hand, dumb decision by Israel if they were to actually cut ties with the US. That would actually spell the end for them.

    • Peaceforleb

      Lets hope they do cut ties with the US. Then we will see how powerful they really are. 🙂

      • MekensehParty

        Amen

  • wargame1

    This is pure rubbish. Iran Israel and USA are working together. Olmert is a IRANIAN JEW , born and brought up in Iran!!!

    • master09

      Wargame really who loads your brains with these facts. It is so funny. Keep the jokes going.

      • wargame1

        You can make a google search to find out and please correct me if I am wrong.

        • master09

          Binyamina is the place he was born in on 30 sept 1945.

  • wargame1

    This is pure rubbish. Iran Israel and USA are working together.

    • master09

      Wargame really who loads your brains with these facts. It is so funny. Keep the jokes going.

      • wargame1

        You can make a google search to find out and please correct me if I am wrong.

        • master09

          Binyamina is the place he was born in on 30 sept 1945.

  • cook

    0b0ng0 ought to be impeached

    • MekensehParty

      certainly not by you vassals

  • Heraclitus

    0b0ng0 ought to be impeached

    • MekensehParty

      certainly not by you vassals

  • MekensehParty

    This is all barking and the caravan will pass
    What the intelligence chief said is true: work on finding that Iran is not following the deal (that’s a recognition of the deal itself). That’s the best thing to do, shut up and put your efforts in enforcing the deal…
    Most Iranians don’t want war, most Israelis don’t want war and most Americans certainly do not want war…
    Iran will not have a bomb, even Khamenei knows that by now
    Bibi just wants a couple of sentences to keep repeating on every occasion so that his orthodox followers keep voting him back.

  • MekensehParty

    This is all barking and the caravan will pass
    What the intelligence chief said is true: work on finding that Iran is not following the deal (that’s a recognition of the deal itself). That’s the best thing to do, shut up and put your efforts in enforcing the deal…
    Most Iranians don’t want war, most Israelis don’t want war and most Americans certainly do not want war…
    Iran will not have a bomb, even Khamenei knows that by now
    Bibi just wants a couple of sentences to keep repeating on every occasion so that his orthodox followers keep voting him back.