Outside View: Israel's frustration

By MORGAN STRONG, UPI Outside View Commentator  |  Feb. 7, 2012 at 6:31 AM
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BRICK, N.J., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An opinion piece written for The Atlanta Jewish Times by the owner and publisher, Andrew Adler suggested three possible options to ensure Israel's security in the Middle East.

They all called for the use of force. First attack Hamas and Hezbollah, Second attack Iran, and the last, most peculiar of the options, that Israeli Mossad agents in the United States assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama.

Publically advocating the murder of an American president is a crime. Adler made the threat, if it could truly be considered a threat, publicly in his newspaper.

Adler was not arrested. Adler was not sent to the miltiary prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He resigned from the paper and went home.

More importantly than the witless threat is that the options reveal the opinion the American Jewish community has of this president. They are displeased with Obama. They are displeased because Obama is resistant to Israel's demands to engage U.S. military force against Iran and his attempt to stop further settlement by Israel on Palestinian lands.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been relentless in his demands that Obama use military force against Iran. The stated reason is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The true reason is the failure of the grand design Netanyahu had for Israeli dominance of the Middle East.

While serving as an adviser to the first Netanyahu administration 1996, Richard Perle a well-known neo-conservative, and former undersecretary of defense in the Reagan administration, created a grand design for Israel's dominance of the Middle East.

Called "A clean break, a new strategy for securing the realm" the plan called for a series of military conquests, in cooperation with the United States, which would ensure Israel's absolute dominance of the region. The conquest and occupation of Iraq and Iran and the overthrow of the remaining governments of the Middle Eastern states by less obvious methods would allow Israel's domination.

Netanyahu has consistently advocated the use of force to insure the safety of Israel. In his 1993 book "A Durable Peace" he argued that peace with the Palestinians is meaningless. He believes peace wouldn't be a palliative to the belligerent Arab states. Iraq and Iran would remain in confrontation and continue to pose a threat to Israel's existence.

Israel couldn't hope to engage the Arab states alone. The difficulty for Israel was how to induce the United States to implement the plan for Israel's domination of the Middle East.

The neo-cons/Israeli lobby, the point of origin for the grand design, enjoyed enormous influence in the Bush administration. The plan to ensure Israel's domination of the Middle East began with their successful agitation for the invasion of Iraq.

The invasion of Iraq has proved an utter, tragic failure. The failure was compounded by the abject stupidity of the occupation. The neo-con blueprint had fundamental flaws. The most egregious was their failure to properly understand the dynamics, and potential of the Arab world. They dramatically underestimated the capacity of Iran to exploit plans made in ignorance of the realities of that world. Unexamined potentials and variables, defy all planning.

Iranian domination of Iraq was ensured by the premature elections for the governing body of Iraq. The Bush administration demanded elections be held immediately following a self-defined, return to stability, to show the world that the United States had established a free and democratic Iraq. The Shiite majority of the population, allied with Iran, and supported by Iranian money, won easily.

Iranian Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is now little more than an Iranian puppet. He has made no effort to disguise his allegiance. In January he pledged the support of Iraq to Bashar Assad in Syria, another Iranian client state. U.S. influence over the government of Iraq is non-existent. The only option left for Israel to succeed in mastering the Middle East is to eliminate Iran.

Netanyahu remains an apostolate of a greater Israel, first dreamed of by his mentor, Menachem Begin. Greater Israel requires the absorption of the West Bank and Gaza into the present territory of Israel to recreate the wholly fantasized biblical Kingdom of David.

The Kingdom of David glimpsed through the mist of millennia imagines the realm as the glorious Kingdom of God. Scripture demands that the kingdom be reborn to fulfill the prophecy of salvation.

King David's ethereal kingdom was in truth a small number of city states, generally at odds with one another, with no cohesive element, not even a religious commonality, which could serve to qualify it as a kingdom. Myth, fervently believed, is a powerful aphrodisiac for those who dream of Gods glory extant.

Obama has also made it very clear to Netanyahu that Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory must stop. This thwarts Netanyahu's abiding obsession. Netanyahu will use the influence and money available from the Israeli lobby in this country to defeat him in the coming election.

The Arab Spring provides hope that Israel could find a more congenial neighborhood in which to experience existence without threat of ruin. Netanyahu has publically stated that he is opposed to the liberation of the Arab people from tyrannical regimes. He would rather the people of these countries suffer violence and oppression than provide a potential threat to Israel through a democratic rebirth.

An inexplicable and contradictory position for him to hold. He would prefer that the Arab states remained as antagonists so that Israel, or rather the United States, could destroy them and their tens of thousands of innocent citizens.

Israel has an unknown number of nuclear weapons, including small tactical devices, and long range ballistic missiles. Which for some obtuse reason the United States refuses to acknowledge. Iran could never hope to acquire sufficient technology to match the Israeli arsenal.

There is a good deal of nonsense in the current attitude toward Iran. External as well as internal pressures will finally force Iran to abandon further attempts to acquire nuclear weapons. The people of Iran, as well as the leadership, know well that possessing nuclear weapons makes them a succulent target for Israel.

There is nothing to be gained for this country by attacking Iran. We shouldn't allow Israel to draw us into another disastrous war in the Middle East solely for its benefit.


(Morgan Strong is a former professor of Middle Eastern History, and was an adviser to "60 Minutes" on the Middle East.)


(United Press International's "Outside View" commentaries are written by outside contributors who specialize in a variety of important issues. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of United Press International. In the interests of creating an open forum, original submissions are invited.)

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