Nov 9, 2010

Newsmax: Author Rosenberg Says Obama Not Halting Iran Nukes: Netanyahu Tone Changing; Laying Groundwork for Possible First Strike

Joel C. RosenbergBy Joel C. Rosenberg

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s tone on Iran is changing. For much of the year, he has been fully supportive of economic sanctions and diplomacy vis-a-vis Tehran. But on this week’s visit to the U.S., the PM is now asking American officials to put a credible military threat on the table. Netanyahu is, I believe, beginning to lay the groundwork for a possible Israeli preemptive strike, if the U.S. and the West can’t stop Iran any other way.

Yesterday, I did an interview with Here are some excerpts:

“President Barack Obama isn’t doing enough to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran’s hands, and Israel may have to launch a military strike as a result, says author Joel Rosenberg, former political consultant to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” reports “Rosenberg, a New York Times best-selling author, recently published The Twelfth Imam, a novel. ‘It’s not simply dangerous that Iran’s leaders have publicly called for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S. and that Iran is rapidly pursuing nuclear weapons,’ he tells Newsmax.TV.

“’The problem in Iran is that the regime has an end-of-time theology. It believes we are living in the end of days. It expects the Islamic messiah, Twelfth Imam, to come at any moment.’ Furthermore, the regime believes that annihilating Israel — ‘the little Satan’ — and the United States — ‘the big Satan’ — is the way to hasten the Twelfth Imam’s arrival. ‘This is what’s so dangerous: nuclear weapons soon in the hands of people who believe it’s their God-given mission to end Judeo-Christian civilization as we know it,’ Rosenberg says. ’We’re rapidly approaching the point where this could become all too real.’

“Netanyahu has said that American economic sanctions against Iran aren’t working and that the United States must put a credible military threat on the table, Rosenberg notes. But he doesn’t think Netanyahu is convinced that the Obama administration will take decisive action. ‘I think the prime minister is laying the groundwork for sometime next year that if the world and U.S. don’t take decisive action, Israel may have to take action itself. I pray for peace but think we have to be prepared for war…..’”
[To read the rest of the NewsMax interview — or to watch it on NewsMax TV online — please click here]

Related Links
Netanyahu: U.S. Threat to Use Force Can Deter Iran - Global Security Newswire
Netanyahu: A nuclear Iran is greatest danger to world - Jerusalem Post
Israel Presses for a Tougher U.S. Line on Iran - TIME
Lindsey Graham on Nuclear Iran: Neuter Regime Before It Spreads -
The Twelfth Imam - Joel C. Rosenberg (Book)