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Iran and the State of Obama-Land

avatar by Ruthie Blum

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama painted a “Žrosy picture of America’s condition at home and abroad, presenting a delusional list of his “Žown accomplishments since taking office six years ago. “Ž

A careful dissection of each of his falsehoods — which were nearly as numerous as the “Žstanding ovations he received from the Democrats in the room every time he punctuated a “Žsentence — could fill the pages of a lengthy book. But the abridged version is as follows: “ŽEverything would be even rosier if the Republicans were to stop opposing his policies, “Žwhich not only have been making Americans healthier, wealthier and wiser, but have “Žbridged gaps with countries all over the world.”Ž

One didn’t know whether to laugh or cry while watching the lame duck remind us that he “Žstill has two more years of damage to inflict and veto powers to exercise.”Ž

Of most relevance to Israel, and to Americans who grasp the real and present danger of “Žradical Islam, was the president’s position on the Islamic Republic of Iran.”Ž

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To lead into it, Obama first took credit for “stand[ing] united with people around the “Žworld who’ve been targeted by terrorists — from a school in Pakistan to the streets of “ŽParis. We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we “Žreserve the right to act unilaterally, as we’ve done relentlessly since I took office to take “Žout terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.””Ž

Purposely omitting the religion and stated goals of these generic “terrorists,” he went on “Žto assert that “for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of [Iran’s] nuclear “Žprogram and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material,” and assure Congress that he “will “Žveto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this [diplomatic] progress.””Ž

The giggles of glee from the mullahs in Tehran could be heard across the globe. You see, “Žthey have been speeding up their development of long-range missiles, while increasing “Žtheir anti-Western rhetoric and openly threatening Israel with destruction. Oh, and serious “Ž”Ž”retaliation” for its having killed a Revolutionary Guard commander during an airstrike “Žon Hezbollah honchos in Syria on Sunday.”Ž

Nor are Shiites the only Islamists emboldened by Obama’s behavior. The Sunni radicals “Ž”Ž– most notably ISIS (the Islamic State terrorist organization that has been committing “Žmass atrocities against “infidels” the world over) — are just as buoyed by a weak and “Žsupplicant White House. “Ž

Still, it is Iran that is on the brink of possessing nuclear weapons.”Ž

This is why Speaker of the House John Boehner extended an invitation to Israeli Prime “ŽMinister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to address Congress in early March. If “Žanyone can spell out the Iranian threat — and how it relates to and governs the terrorism “Žthat Obama claimed to be fighting — it is Netanyahu. “Ž

The timing of the invitation, which Netanyahu promptly accepted, was eerily apt. On “ŽWednesday morning, an Arab terrorist from the Palestinian Authority boarded a bus in “ŽTel Aviv and stabbed more than a dozen people, wounding several critically.”Ž

Battling terrorism is nothing new to Israelis. But whenever there is an attack in the White “ŽCity, it serves as a reminder that the bloodshed against Jews and Israelis really has “Žnothing to do with the so-called “occupation” of lands won in the Six-Day War. The “ŽPalestinian leadership and media make no bones about their viewing the entire state of “ŽIsrael as illegitimate and deserving of elimination.”Ž

Like their Islamist brethren across the Middle East, the Palestinians are players in a global “Žjihad against Christians and Jews.”Ž

Obama doesn’t see it that way. On the contrary, as he pointed out in his address, he “Žconsiders “the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world” “Žto be on a par with “offensive stereotypes of Muslims.””Ž

He was thus far more angry about the “breech of protocol” made by Boehner and “ŽNetanyahu, for arranging a trip to Washington to warn about Iran, than about the terrorist “Žattack in Tel Aviv. “Ž

And then came the real clincher: a Bloomberg new service report, according to which the “Žhead of the Mossad told a congressional delegation visiting Israel last week that he “Žopposed new sanctions on Iran, on the grounds that this would be “like throwing a “Žgrenade into the [diplomatic] process.””Ž

Though this did not sound the least bit plausible (and not merely because it goes against “ŽNetanyahu’s stance on the matter), it created a big media stir, which spurred an “Žinvestigation into the allegation.”Ž

On Thursday, Mossad chief Tamir Pardo issued a statement denying the claim. It turns “Žout that what he had said was, in fact, the opposite — that sanctions have been effective, “Žand that more “sticks,” not fewer, are needed in the “carrot-and-stick” approach with the “ŽIslamic republic.”Ž

Secretary of State John Kerry, however, was quick to use the misquote as proof that “ŽNetanyahu’s demand for tougher measures against Iran is both unreasonable runs counter “Žto the assessments of Israel’s top espionage echelon.”Ž

Each new incident revealing the depths of animosity on the part of the Obama “Žadministration for Israel, coupled with its sidling up to the likes of Cuba, gives an energy “Žboost to the enemies of Western democracy.”Ž

But Obama is more concerned with the weather.”Ž

“Ž”No challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate “Žchange,” he said, as Israelis in the Golan Heights and the Galilee prepared their bomb “Žshelters for the next round of Iranian-sponsored rocket rain.”Ž

Ruthie Blum is the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab “ŽSpring.'””Ž This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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