I celebrated as much as anyone when Binyamin Netanyahu flew to Washington and spoke before the US Congress. His speech was wonderful. But it was a joke.
Bibi, people have said, is the consumate politician. An Israeli friend of mine told me once, back in 1983, “Bibi hu bu’ah.” Bibi is a bubble. Shiny and impressive, but with nothing of substance inside him. I didn’t realize how prophetic his words were.
Bibi is understandably upset at the lies of US President Barack Obama. Remember Jeffrey Goldberg’s ridiculous article in The Atlantic back in 2012, during Obama’s run for a second term?:
I run into people constantly who believe that the bluffer in this relationship is Obama. Their argument holds that Obama will move toward a strategy of containment soon after the election, and that there is no way he would ever use military force to prevent Iran from getting the bomb.
I’m in the camp of people, however, who take him at his word, in part because he’s repeated himself on the subject so many times and in part because he has laid out such an effective argument against containment and for disruption, by force, if necessary.
June 8, 2008, to AIPAC: “The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat…. Finally, let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel.”
October 7 2008, in the second presidential debate: “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. It would be a game-changer in the region. Not only would it threaten Israel, our strongest ally in the region and one of our strongest allies in the world, but it would also create a possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. And so it’s unacceptable. And I will do everything that’s required to prevent it. And we will never take military options off the table…”
Even the terminally naive now realize that Obama made these promises, in part, in order to dissuade Israel—read Bibi—from taking unilateral action against Iran. And it worked.
Yesterday, Bibi had this to say about the demolition of Jewish homes in the town of Beit El:
Our stance on the houses in Beit El is very clear: We oppose the demolition and are taking legal action to prevent this move. I want the government’s stance – that the planning process on the site has been finished and there is therefore no reason to demolish the homes – be brought to the High Court for attention.
Is there anyone blind enough to believe this? Is there anyone who doesn’t see Bibi Obama-ing the residents of the Dreinoff neighborhood of Beit El so that they’ll sit back and wait for him to do something long enough to be presented with a fait accompli?
(This article was written before the demolitions were actually carried out.)
But this is far from the first time Bibi has emulated Obama. Time and again, Bibi has armed the Palestinian Authority. Released terrorist murderers. And the victims of those released murderers are no less dead than the potential victims of an Iranian nuke will be, God forbid.
While Bibi watches and fumes, helplessly, as Obama sells Israel to her enemies, we can only watch and fume, helplessly, as Bibi continues the farce of the Oslo Accords, which have cost so many Jewish lives, which have so undermined Israel’s legitimacy in the world, and which have brought us now to the brink of destruction.
So the next time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complains about the cost to Israel of Obama’s policies, perhaps he should take a look at the cost of his own.