Israel and Iran: time has run out

Sar Kenan, Gateway to Canaan, ancient gateway into Israel from the north. Abraham came through this gate. The Canaanites came later. (Iran, take heed.) To deny that is the height of chutzpah and against Providence. The secular Zionism of the present Republic of Israel misses the real significance of this artifact.
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Today the Prime Minister of Israel did something heads of state don’t normally do. He roared at an ambassador in his office. He told American Ambassador Dan Shapiro that “time has run out.” Specifically the time to talk Iran out of making enough weapons-grade uranium for one or more bombs is now past.

In Israel: diplomatic dust-up

The report came out first in Yedioth Aharonoth, a tabloid in Israel. Yedioth Aharonoth does not publish any links. The Jerusalem Post carried this report on the meeting between Netanyahu and Shapiro. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI-8) sat in on the meeting.

Instead of pressuring Iran in an effective way, [Putative President Barack H. ]Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack the nuclear facilities…Time has run out!

When Netanyahu said that, Shapiro accused the Israel PM of “distorting” where Obama stood. He repeated what Obama says for the American public’s benefit: Obama won’t let Iran build a nuclear bomb, and will use force if necessary. Only he won’t define “necessary.”

Netanyahu was having none of that. He bore down on Shapiro again, louder. Rep. Rogers sat where he was, “stunned” and not saying a word. Rogers has said nothing to the press at this hour.

Threats all around Israel

Sar Kenan, ancient gateway into Israel from the north.

Sar Kenan. Here Abraham first came into Israel. (Photo: CNAV)

The leaders of Israel know that where they sit gets more dangerous every day. The International Atomic Energy Agency has tried to strike a deal, but failedAgence France-Presse says that the United Nations can’t talk to the leaders of Iran anymore. The Iranians say that the UN is a tool of the US. Ayatollah Ali Khameini said that straight to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s face.

Netanyahu has sensed for two days that time was running out. And with good reason. Hezbollah and Hamas seem ready to rush in against Israel after all. Hezbollah has sent more than ten thousand guerillas to Iran to train to “occupy the Galilee.” Yesterday, Mike Evans of the Jerusalem Prayer Team sent this report. He cited a sermon by Sheikh Ahmad Bahr, a West Bank legislator. In it, Bahr called for killing every last Jew and American on the planet.

Oh, Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without leaving a single one.

Today Evans sent this sad report: the people of Israel are not ready for war. The army might be. (In fact, 127 North American Jews recently stepped off an El Al flight, ready to join up. They flew in with 223 fellow Jews eager to “make Aaliyah, that is, come to Israel to live.) But of the people, Evans says:

More than half a million people in Israel have no access to bomb shelters at all. Their best defense—standing in the doorways during attacks. It is tragic!…Hundreds of thousands do not have gas masks, and the main facility in the country that produces them has been shut down for lack of funds.

If that sounds familiar, it should. Actor Kirk Douglas says something similar in Cast a Giant Shadow (1966):

Let’s take inventory. You’ve got no guns. You’ve got no uniforms. You’ve got no rank. You’ve got less field maneuvers than the Camp Fire Girls. Your Palmach and your Haganah hate each other’s guts. And in three months’ time, the roof caves in. Now what have you been doing in this country for the past fifty years??? If  you’ve got an army, where is it?

Israel is in better shape today than shortly before its War for Independence. But with hundreds of thousand of people having no gas masks, and no bomb shelters to go to, Israel is not in good enough shape for a thirty-day siege. Netanyahu and his advisers know this. But they would not have told the US Ambassador that “time has run out” if they had any more time.

Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton told the Israel daily Ma’ariv not to wait on Obama. Obama, he says, will never attack Iran. Ever. Iran might fear Israel, but it has no respect for the United States. Iran counts on Obama to pressure Israel to hold back. Bolton advises: Fool them. Hit them, as they hit Iraq in 1982. (Ideally, says Bolton, the US should do the hitting. The world, he says, will blame the US for it anyway, no matter who hits Iran.)

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

5 Responses to Israel and Iran: time has run out

  1. alex says:

    remind me why we actually support Israel? They always seem like a bit of a liability (and make everyone in the middle east hate us). The only valid reason I can see is that it might be nice to have pawns in the Middle East, though it seems like our pawns are not behaving…

    Should Israel make any dumb moves, I would hope that, as a country, we would take a stance of promoting peace in the area, rather than helping either side specifically. I have no doubt that Israel could win without our help, but the war would be bloody, costly, unnecessary, and undo any work we have made towards peace.

    • Terry A. Hurlbut says:

      Your argument assumes that all of Israel’s neighbors want peace. King Abdullah II probably does. But the rest do not.

      So what it comes down to, is justice. Maybe you can’t see the justice. But I can. Probably because I’ve actually been there.

  2. alex says:

    Justice is a funny thing. I imagine the Palestinians who lived in that area before the UN made Israel a country would see the terrorist actions made against Israel as “Justice”.

    Its a mess over there. Its a western country trying to implement itself in the east. Its a mess that we need to fix, not worry about “Justice”, and so long as we support one side over another, no progress shall be made.

    If the US were truly interested in serving Justice, People like Joseph Kony would be arrested and likely executed, but we kinda Half ass all missions in Africa, due to the lack of profit to be made from fighting there.

    Israel’s neighbors may or may not want peace, but we shouldnt go to war over their squabbles. Peace is still attainable. it is a harder option than war, and more difficult, but in the end it may be worth it.

    • Terry A. Hurlbut says:

      Will you stop carrying on about “Palestinians…liv[ing] in that area before the UN made Israel a country”?

      Identify the speaker:

      The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

      For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

      Still stuck? Here’s the answer: Zuhair Muhsein, executive committee, PLO. Quoted by: James Dorsey, Wij zijn alleen Palestijn om politieke reden, Trouw, 31 March 1977.

      Now tell me again who’s lying!

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