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As Romney's Defeat Becomes Inevitable, Mad
Netanyahu May Attack Iran
By Alan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 24, 2012
What Might Netanyahu Do if Romney's Defeat Becomes Inevitable?
Alan Hart examines whether Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu is mad enough to order an attack on Iran in what remains of
Obama’s first term without the president’s blessing and American
Even before his latest reported gaffe the polls
were indicating that Mitt Romney will fail in his Zionist-backed bid to
deny President Barack Obama a second term in the White House.
the Republican presidential candidate tried and failed to make political
capital out of the killing of the American ambassador and three of his
colleagues in Libya, Obama said on CBS’s “60 Minutes” programme: “Governor
Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Staying
with the shooting metaphor, it seems to me that with his latest gaffe
Romney has shot himself in both feet and possibly elsewhere in his
Self-satisfied, inept and ignorant millionaire
Here is what he said to a behind-closed-doors meeting with Republican
“There are 47 per cent of the country who will vote
for the president no matter what.” And this 47 per cent are people, he
added, “who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a
responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to
health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. It is not my job to
worry about these people.” (We know that’s what Romney did say because he
was secretly filmed saying it).
This was the same Romney whose
campaign propaganda had previously proclaimed that he wanted “to help all
Americans struggling in the Obama economy”.
In a New York Times
opinion piece, David Brooks argues the case for saying that Romney is
a desperately inept
presidential campaign... There’s no way the country will trust the
Republican Party to reform the welfare state if that party doesn’t
have a basic commitment to provide a safety net for those who suffer
for no fault of their own... As a description of America today,
Romney’s (47 per cent ) comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what
self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every
negative view people have about Romney.
In his secretly recorded statement to Republican fundraisers Romney
also said, according to the Associated Press, that “the Palestinians are
committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel” and that the
prospects for a two-state solution to Mideast peace are dim. “You hope for
some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain
an unsolved problem, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that
ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”
was said to be a “rambling response” to a question about the “Palestine
problem” (it’s actually a Jewish problem), he also asserted that “The
Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” and “the
pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish”.
was more nonsense where that came from. He was, he said, against applying
any pressure on Israel to give up disputed territory for a two-state
solution with the Palestinians. “The idea of pushing on the Israelis to
give something up to get the Palestinians to act is the worst idea in the
It’s because Romney is so ignorant about foreign policy
matters that he is delighted to read from Zionism’s script. What a
disaster for America and the world a President Romney would be!
to my headline question: What might Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu do when his American sponsors tell him, possibly in the coming
few days, that Romney isn’t going to win?
In my view the question is worth asking because Netanyahu already knows
there is no way the America of a second-term Obama is going to become
engaged in a war with Iran. Netanyahu may also know that though they are
now on hold until after the American election, secret talks between the
Obama administration through a third party and Iran have made significant
progress. According to my source with access to these talks, the clear
implication is that early in his second term Obama will bring the nuclear
crisis with Iran to an end by politics and diplomacy.
“...there is ... a growing realization in America that,
on Netanyahu’s behalf, the Zionist lobby and its stooges
in Congress have overplayed their hand in trying to
influence the American election and push the US into war.”
A few weeks ago I would have answered my headline question by saying
there was more than a 50-50 chance that if and when he was told that
Romney was not going to win the race for the White House, Netanyahu would
give the “Go” signal for an attack on Iran, in the belief that in order to
best protect his election prospects Obama would be forced to commit
American weapons and forces.
But in a few weeks things have changed a lot. Not only is Obama now
well placed to secure a second term, if only by default on Romney’s part,
there is also a growing realization in America that, on Netanyahu’s
behalf, the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress have overplayed
their hand in trying to influence the American election and push the US
into war. (In my last post I quoted Time’s much respected Joe
Klein describing this influence as “outrageous and disgusting ... as
cynical as it is brazen”. I have no doubt that Klein was speaking for many
Americans, and probably more than a few Republicans as well as most
Most significant of all are poll findings that most
Americans do not want their country to go to war with Iran even if Israel
starts it. Perhaps most remarkable of all was a poll by the Chicago
Council on Global Affairs. More than half of the respondents said that if
Israel starts a war with Iran, the US should not leap to Israel’s defence.
So if and when he is told that Romney won’t be the next president,
Netanyahu will have a problem. He could no longer be certain that he can
cause Obama to go to war in what remains of his first term.
"Mad enough to nuke the entire ... Arab world"?
While I was thinking about what Netanyahu might actually do, I recalled
a conversation I had with Ezer Weizman in early 1980 when he was the
defence minister in Begin’s coalition government. What follows is a part
of that conversation as set down in my book
Zionism: The Real
Enemy of the Jews, Volume 3 sub-titled “Conflict Without End?”,
Chapter 12, “The Blood Oath”. Weizman was half an hour late for an
appointment I had with him and I had been shown into his outer office to
wait for him.
I heard the sound of
heavy, weary footsteps coming up the stone stairs. When Ezer filled
the frame of the doorway to the outer office of his inner sanctum it
was obvious that he was not his usual energetic, breezy self. He had
the look of a haunted man. He managed a smile and said “Shalom.” Then,
without another word, he put an arm around my shoulder and walked me
into his office. He closed the door, nodded me to a seat on the other
side of his ministerial desk and flopped into his own chair. He pushed
it back and plonked his feet on the desk. He was looking straight at
me but through me, to something only visible in his imagination.
I let the silence run and then, eventually, I said: “Ezer, you’ve
obviously got a major problem on your mind. Shall I make an
appointment for another day?”
Eventually he spoke. On
reflection I am sure he told me what he did only because I was there.
He needed to tell somebody and it happened by chance to be me.
He said, slowly and with quiet emphasis:
“This lunchtime Sharon
convened a secret meeting of some of our generals and other top
military and security people. They signed a blood oath which commits
them to fight to the death to prevent any government of Israel
withdrawing from the West Bank.” Pause. “I know that’s what happened
at the meeting because I’ve checked it out, and that’s why I am late.”
In the event of a government decision to withdraw, Ezer said,
Sharon was pledged to set up headquarters on the West Bank, and those
in Israel’s armed forces who were loyal to him would make common cause
with the armed settlers who wanted to fight.
I told Ezer what
Peres had said to me weeks previously – that Begin was creating the
conditions for a Jewish civil war, knowing, as Peres had put it, that
no Israeli prime minister would trigger it by agreeing to withdraw
from the West Bank.
Ezer nodded and then asked me a question.
Did I think Sharon would act in accordance with the blood oath he and
others had signed?
I said: “What I think is of no consequence.
I’m a visiting goy [gentile]. You’re Israel’s defence
minister, what do you think?”
Ezer replied: “Of course, he
would. He’s mad enough to nuke the entire fucking Arab world!”
Question: Is Netanyahu mad enough to order an attack on Iran in what
remains of Obama’s first term without the president’s blessing and