Israeli Defence Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon has done it again. He pointed out that the American emperor has no clothes regarding Iran – and once again (as happened in January) the overly-sensitive Americans have taken offence.
Yaalon remarked that Israel cannot rely on the Americans when it comes to dealing with Iran, adding that Israel will have to rely on itself:
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a scathing critique of the Obama administration, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday, declaring that Israel cannot rely on the US to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, accusing the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warning that its perceived weakness was inviting further terrorism against US targets.
Speaking at a Tel Aviv University event on Sunday reported by the Haaretz daily, Ya’alon said Israel could not afford to rely on the Obama administration to lead an action against Iran’s nuclear program, and that Israel could only rely on itself. Israel had believed that “the one who should lead the campaign against Iran is the US,” but instead, “the US at a certain stage began negotiating with them, and unfortunately in the Persian bazaar the Iranians were better,” he said. Therefore, “we (Israelis) have to look out for ourselves.”
Ya’alon’s office confirmed his remarks about Iran, but refused to comment as to whether the defense minister was advocating an Israeli strike on Iran. Ya’alon was widely reported to have opposed an Israeli resort to force against Iran in the past, but the Haaretz report said his comments Sunday indicated that he had changed his stance, and was now inclined to support Israeli military intervention in Iran.
Yaalon tied in all the recent international upheaval to American weakness:
Moving to a wider critique of the Obama administration, Ya’alon reportedly stressed several times that the US was radiating weakness in every region worldwide. “The Sunni camp [in the Middle East] expected that the US would support it, and would be as determined as Russia is in its support of the Shiite axis,” he was quoted as saying. “I hear voices of disappointment in the region. I was in Singapore, and I heard disappointment at the strengthening of China and the weakening of the United States. Look what’s happening in the Ukraine; there, to my sorrow, the US is broadcasting weakness.”
Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of General Staff, warned that if the US continued to show weakness internationally, its own national security would be severely damaged. “If you wait at home, terror will come calling again,” he said. “This is a war of civilizations. If you are perceived to be weak, that certainly does not pay in the world. I hope the US will reassert itself.”
Once again, after Yaalon undiplomatically spoke out against American’s deliberate self-weakening, the “mystified” Americans took offence at his words:
The United States is using unprecedented language to condemn Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon after he continued weeks of criticism of US President Barack Obama, and members of his foreign policy team, on Tuesday.
“We were shocked by Moshe Ya’alon’s comments, which seriously call into question his commitment to Israel’s relationship with the United States,” a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday night. “Moreover, this is part of a disturbing pattern in which the Defense Minister disparages the US Administration, and insults its most senior officials.”
Oh boo hoo. As if the Americans have never insulted Israeli officials. Anyone remember Obama’s snide remarks to French President Nicholas Sarkozy who called Binyamin Netanyahu a liar, and Obama moaned that he had to deal with Netanyahu every day?
The American officials then go on to completely miss the point:
“Given the unprecedented commitment that this administration has made to Israel’s security, we are mystified why the Defense Minister seems intent on undermining the relationship,” the official continued.
They are not only fools, they are incompetents. It is not a matter of their cooperation with Israel on security matters. Yaalon was talking about their weakened international standing, which they caused themselves deliberately, as a matter of policy – and how that perception of weakness, whether actual or not, is what is endangering the entire international community and undermining all efforts to disarm Iran. Yaalon is well within his and our rights to criticise American actions which he perceives as inimical to our well-being.
The fact that the Americans object to Yaalon’s words but not to Rouhani’s actions, or Mahmoud Abbas’, and the way they showed that they have no idea how to cope with the Syrian crisis or the Ukrainian one besides harsh words which frighten no one, show that for the Americans, appearances are everything and actions mean nothing.
Last time the White House demanded (and shamefully received) an apology. I hope that this time the Israelis do not play ball and that the government stands firmly behind Yaalon.
How often can it be pointed out that the emperor has no clothes before the message sinks in?