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September 4, 2012 3:05 pm

President Obama: “I Have Israel’s Back”

avatar by Ron Agam

President Obama in the Oval Office. Photo: wiki commons.

In a moment of great emotional distress for Israel and the Jewish people regarding the unfolding of the Iranian crisis and the present tensions between the Prime Minister of Israel and President Obama, many serious questions are to be asked.

First and foremost what does the President mean, when he says, ” I have Israel’s back”?

Rosh Hashana is fast approaching and around the world, millions of Jewish people will convene in their synagogues to pray for a healthy new year. Inside many of these places of worship , the Iranian “bomb” will be the main focus of attention this year.

Many fellow Jews will pray to be inscribed in the book of life during the Holiday of Yom Kippur. In Israel that wish will be even more  vivid as the threat from Iran grows exponentially.

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For Israel, the meaning of life has a serious question mark. An existential paradigm will be more acute than ever, exacerbated by a quick pendulum of anxiety and justified paranoia. History has taught us to take threats of extermination very seriously.

Will Iran be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and threaten the existence of the children and grandchildren of the Holocaust? 60 years ago the world stood silent when Jews were slaughtered by the weapon of mass destruction of the time, Ziklon B.

From all serious sources examining the Iranian nuclear development, Israel was again right, when it signaled to the world that the Iranians are fast reaching a point of no return, when their ability to develop a bomb becomes a reality.

President Obama, please tell us what you mean.  As a Jew, as an Israeli, and a citizen of the world, I want to know if your words mean what they say as I am not willing to gamble the lives of 7 million of my people who are the children of the Holocaust.

We have recently heard way too many words of uncertainty from members of the present administration on their plans to deal with Iran.

President Obama, you are the leader of the free world and a man of valor, who is a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

We Jews love peace.  Today we need to know that when the President of the United States says, “I have Israel’s back”, the world understands it in a real and serious way, including Iran.

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