Distractions Take Pressure off Iran
Israel appears to be between the proverbial rock and hard place. Unfortunately, Israel does not live in a friendly neighborhood. A half million hostile Arab neighbors surround Israel. Syria poses a dire threat. More importantly, recent frightening images from Syria have shown men, women and children writhing with seizures and pain caused by Assad attacking his own with chemical weapons. If Assad would kill his own people, what’s to keep him from attacking Israel to obtain the Golan Heights as a key strategic position?
Assad knows how important the Golan is to Israel. Extending between the borders of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, the Golan Heights acts as a buffer to help secure Israel’s border to prevent Arab armies from rushing Israel from the north. If hostile neighbors were to seize the Golan, all of northern Israel would be in direct range of artillery fire. In addition, the main water sources for the State of Israel are controlled from the Golan Heights.
Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, has a main base of operation in Lebanon. Iran obtains much military hardware from Russia and passes it along to Hezbollah through Damascus, with Assad’s nod of approval. As a result, Hezbollah has an arsenal of approximately 60,000 rockets, many of which are aimed directly at Israel.
Take note of this AP article dated May 10, 2013: “Russia defended its sales of anti-aircraft systems to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, just days after joining forces with the U.S. for a new push to end Syria's civil war through negotiations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov avoided saying whether those sales included advanced S-300 batteries. Israel has asked Russia to cancel what it said was the imminent sale of the S-300 missiles, portrayed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as destabilizing to Israel's security. The S-300s would make it harder for the U.S. and other countries to even consider intervening militarily or enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria. The U.S. has urged Russia — an Assad ally along with China, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia — to cut off weapons supplies to Syria.”
With a rising arsenal of weapons in Syria, why wouldn’t we believe they might use these as an advantage to attack Israel?
Attention has shifted away from Iran towards Egypt and Syria. Have these distractions caused us to forget what Iran is doing? Iran is certainly proceeding to enrich Uranium with the express intent to use a guidance system to deliver a nuclear knockout on Israeli soil. Sanctions and talks have not curbed Iran’s nuclear ambitions or hindered their progress. A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to every corner of the globe. Israel and the world should be on notice. There are no sanctions strong enough to stop a regime led by the likes of Ali Ayatollah Khomeini, nor to stop the madness of extreme Islamic ideology. Talking is useless.
Mark Regev, Spokesman for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, painted a clear picture when he said this, “…talking is like riding a bicycle while enriching uranium is like driving a race car. Iran and the Khomeini regime are perfectly content for the United States to talk. It allows Iran to continue to drive its race car towards uranium enrichment.”
Israel drew a red line in the sand for a very clear reason. Israel cannot allow Iran and other rogue Arab nations to continue to promote Israel’s destruction. Israel cannot allow Iran to reach the “Immune Zone” of possessing nuclear capabilities. Self-preservation is a basic human instinct.
During his U.N. speech earlier this year, Prime Minister Netanyahu summed the situation up this way, “Three thousand years ago King David reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all those who proclaim that the Jewish state has no roots in our region and that it will soon disappear. Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who have sought our destruction. It’s their ideologies that have been discarded by history. The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew Am Yisrael Chai, and the Jewish state will live forever.”
God’s Red Line was the Red Sea. The Egyptians made a fatal mistake. Will the Iranians repeat history, or will they choose to refrain from crossing Netanyahu’s Red Line? If they cross, they will surely suffer the same crushing fate.