In Defense of Bibi

Bibi has been taking a beating lately. He is portrayed as a lone voice in the international arena, and some would have us believe that he is all-alone here in Israel too. Well, it ain’t so.

The backdrop is this: We, the Jews of Israel, have no doubt that if the Iranian regime could kill a million of us, or two million, or all of us, it would. That may be a hard concept for people in in the United States and Europe to grasp, but we get it. What everyone in the world does understand is that after decades of relentlessly pursuing the capability to produce nuclear weapons, Iran is almost there. Whether they are eighteen months away from the bomb, twelve months, six months or six weeks, all of those qualify as being on the threshold. If Iran wanted nuclear power for civilian purposes only, it could have had all the benefits of nuclear power years ago, while completely avoiding the economic sanctions that are battering it’s economy and the quality of life of millions of Iranians. Many other countries enjoy the benefits of nuclear power without any capability to produce weapons, but that’s not what Iran wants. It wants the bomb.

Enter Hassan Rouhani: For the first time in thirty years, Iran has offered the world a chance to sit down and talk. Newly elected President Hassan Rouhani has initiated a process whereby Iran will begin to address the world’s concerns about its nuclear program, and in return the world will loosen its crippling economic sanctions.

Which brings us to Bibi: Just when it seems that there is a diplomatic opportunity with Iran, a “shrill” Netanyahu has the audacity, over and over and over again, to tell the world that all Iran is doing is stalling for time so that it can make it’s final dash to the bomb. World leaders are sitting down with Iran and Mr. the-sky-is-falling Bibi is being his old articulate doomsday self, only now he’s ranting like never before.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking flack for asserting that something can be learned from history about how to deal with the present. Imagine that, Jews actually think you can learn from history. And when he references such things as Neville Chamberlain, appeasement, and a dictator that had a policy of Jewish annihilation, well, he’s obviously too hung up on the past, wouldn’t you say?

Bibi is being snickered at for framing his case for Israel around Biblical references like ancient Jewish homeland, Abraham, and recently unearthed Temple era artifacts and a fifteen hundred year old medallion bearing the image of a shofar, a Torah and a menorah—the same menorah that is the symbol of the Sate of Israel. He is also being mocked as some sort of “apocalyptic” nut for seeing himself, as Prime Minister of Israel, as having the responsibility to “Defend the future of the Jewish people, which means to defend the Jewish state. Defending it from a nuclear Iran.”

“My responsibility,” he told Charlie Rose, “is to insure the survival, security and longevity of the one and only Jewish state.” Get this: The Islamic regime in Iran was founded on the idea of conquering the world for Islam; of working to usher in a crescent shaped end of days; of waging Jihad against Israel, the little Satan, and America, the Great Satan, and Bibi is the messianic nut case. Go figure.

Finally, Prime Minister Netanyahu is being portrayed as the “spoiler,” as, in essence, the most dangerous man on the world stage today. Why, because in the words of a New York Times editorial, an attack on Iran would be “the worst result of all.”

This worst result entails things like devastating global economic fallout from an attack; the United States being drawn into another Middle East war; attacks by Iranian sponsored terrorist groups in American and European cities; and way more chaos than exists in an Arab world that already features disaster in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. However, as a Jew in Israel, I can think of a far worse result: a nuclear attack on countless Jewish families like mine.

As a Jew in Israel currently represented by Benjamin Netanyahu, I say, keep it up Bibi. If a regime is threatening to annihilate us, please take that threat seriously. And, do whatever it takes to prevent them from getting the weapons to make good on their threat. If the price we have to pay for those awful, but less than worst results, is UN condemnation and joining you in isolation, then so be it. I would much rather listen to us being ridiculed by the world, then listen to the world bemoan the fact that it didn’t do more to stop Iran before it launched its bomb.

About the Author
Shimon Apisdorf has authored ten books that have sold over a quarter million copies and have won two Benjamin Franklin awards. His family moved to Israel in the summer of 2012. You can learn more about him at his Website.