If you will, imagine Slobodan Milosevic, during the early part of his reign, threatening to wipe Great Britain off the map. Imagine further, that after he made that statement, he announced that he was in the process of obtaining nuclear missiles. Undeterred by such comments, the UN, appoints Milosevic’s country to its Commission on Human Rights. Great Britain, understandably angered by such comments and a lack of World action, calls for renewed diplomatic action and increased sanctions. Shortly thereafter, The Prime Minister of Great Britain visits the United States.
The President of the United States, however, agrees to only meet in private and refuses to take a picture with the Prime Minister. Thereafter, the President calls for a loosening of the sanctions against Milosevic and says not a word about the appointment to the Commission on Human Rights.
I suggest to you that if that had come to pass, not only would Great Britain be beyond outraged, but US allies around the globe would sink back in their chairs and wonder if the US could be trusted as an ally at all.
As difficult as that scenario was to imagine is not near as difficult as it is for Israel today.
Iran’s leader has point blank called for Israel to “vanish” if not worse. According to the BBC, Ahmadinejad attends “rallies” where his supporters carry “placards sporting the slogan ‘Israel should be wiped off the map.’” Combined with the lies of Iran’s leaders about their nuclear acquisition program and missiles capable of firing nuclear weapons, those statements are beyond ominous.
After years of failed diplomacy, stunningly, the White House is seeking to loosen sanctions on Iran in the form of exempting “cooperation” nations from the sanctions program, i.e. potentially letting Russia and China off the hook.
Last week, according Fox News, the “United Nations . . . elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged immodest” – without a word of protest from this President.
Of course, let’s not forget that this President refused a public picture with the Israel Prime Minister after he traveled half way around the globe to visit this Country.
Yes it is true that the US still gives direct aid to Israel and this President has claimed that Israeli is an important ally of the United States. But just how important given the above? Even Senate Schumer says that Obama’s “counter productive” Israeli policy has to stop.”
If from the comfort of the US Senate, a liberal New York Senator is speaking out on that question – how must Israeli feel? What do the rest of our allies think? And yes, while it may be an exaggeration to ask whether Israel is still an ally of the US, the true test of any alliance is whether its ally will come to its defense, not just in name, but in battle. Amidst the continuing terrorist actions within the US – which have garnered remarkably little action from the Obama administration – these questions are all the more worrisome.