Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s conclusion that the United States is unlikely to engage in a military strike against Iran is unfortunately probably correct. But, then, the physical survival of the USA is not currently at stake. The same cannot be said for Israel, so it should not be assumed that she will necessarily refrain from taking military action against Iran even “without the military and political backing of the United States.”
It should be recalled that the United States condemned the Israeli bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor back in 1981. US ambassador to the UN at the time, Jeane Kirkpatrick, described the attack as “shocking” and compared it to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A State Department spokesman commented: “Available evidence suggests that U.S.-provided equipment was employed in possible violation of the applicable agreement under which it was sold to Israel.”
The principal Palestinian Authority religious leader, the Mufti Muhammad Hussein, has stated that the killing of Jews by Muslims is a religious, Islamic goal saying that “The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ”Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'”
President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly declared his intention to wipe Israel off the map. There are no grounds for concluding that he is any less serious than was Adolf Hitler when he preached genocide.
When push comes to shove, Israel will do what she believes to be in her best interests and will not necessarily be guided by the same considerations that govern US policy.
This is such a horrific situation, one only hopes that this current round of increasing sanctions pressed upon Iran has its effect.
May the sons of Isaac & the sons of Ishmael live in peace.
Israel must live!
We must remember, whoever and wherever we are on the planet, that the God of Israel will always fight for and defend her as a nation, race, and people and He that keeps Israel never sleeps nor slumbers. I serve the same God, therefore I will side with Him and Israel before and after it all goes down.
Sixty five years ago, after WW II, “Never Again” was the hue and cry in response to the Holocaust. The world understood that very unique and special Mantra shouted out by a people that had lost 40% of their own to murderous enemies. The religious and secular leaders of extremist nations heavily populated by Arabs & Muslims have repeatedly said “Kill theJews” supported by quotes from their traditional religious texts. We Jews didn’t believe in the 1930s that we would be the victims of Genocide. Today we know better. Genocidal language eminating from many Middle Eastern and other countries potend the real possibility of such a repeated attack on Israel where almost half of the remaining Jews in the world live. O ye Nations of the World, “Walk in the Shoes of the Jews” before condemning Israel’s impulse to keep our Jewish People alive with a pre-emptive attack on a nation whose leaders swear to destroy us. Better yet, YOU do something about THEM rather than condemning Israel/Jews for wanting to stay alive!
Rabbi Paul/Shaul Levenson
I have been to Israel and to the holocaust museum there and my heart was was very heavy for the the nation and people of that land. No human race deserves to be treated as such and I know that God watches over them. I also made friends there which further connects me and I embrace every Jewish person that will allow me to here in the states. I believe that one’s heart must be hardened, as was Pharaoh’s, to display such hostility and destruction toward them and pray that the God of Israel will have mercy on such people.