Purim 2012: Obama, Israel, and Iran

By Alan Caruba

On the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (a lunar calendar), Jews around the world will celebrate Purim. This year it begins at sunset on Wednesday, March 7 and concludes the following day. If I was an Iranian ayatollah, I would be worried.

Like Passover that celebrates the liberation of Jews, their exodus from Egypt in the days of the pharaoh, Purim celebrates a victory over the evil prime minister of the Persian empire ruled by King Ahasuerus. Haman was the archetype anti-Semite and, as the story of Esther relates, he was angered by the refusal of Mordechai, the leader of the Jews, to bow to him. Haman convinced the king to issue a decree for the extermination of all the Jews on 13 Adar.

At various points in Jewish history, leaders, prophets, and fate—some would call it God’s intervention—have occurred to protect Jews from those who hate them and seek their destruction. In the case of Purim, it happened that the king had ordered the death of his wife, Vashti, who had failed to follow his orders. He held a beauty contest to find a new bride and Esther was chosen. She soon found favor with him, but she had prudently not revealed that she was Jewish.

When the Jews faced extermination, however, she invited the king and Haman to join her for a feast where she revealed she was Jewish to save her people. Haman was hanged and Mordechai was appointed the prime minister in his stead. A new decree was issued, granting the Jews the right to defend themselves and, on the 13th of Adar, they dispatched many of their enemies. On the 14th, they rested and celebrated.

Among Jews is a joke, a lighthearted parody of grace before dining that goes “They tried to kill us. They didn’t. We won. Let’s eat.”

Given the events of this week as the President spoke to the convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), followed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the fate of Israel again hangs in the balance due to the repeated threats of annihilation by the Iranian regime and the prospect of their acquiring nuclear weapons. Both leaders stressed their opposition to this. Both stressed it was not just a threat to Israel, but to the entire world.

The ayatollahs would be wise to read the “Megillah”, the scroll of Esther, an integral part of the celebration of Purim. Reportedly, Netanyahu give Obama a copy when they met to discuss the Iranian threat.

Netanyahu’s speech stressed the right of the sovereign nation of Israel to defend itself and the President’s speech affirmed that Israel has the right to defend itself “by itself” while promising that “I have your back.”

In a Wall Street Journal commentary, “The ‘Jewish’ President”, columnist Bret Stephens cast great doubt over Barack Hussein Obama’s trustworthiness. “Here is a president who fought tooth-and-nail against the very sanctions on Iran for which he now seeks to reap political credit. He inherited from the Bush administration the security assistance to Israel he now advertises as proof of his ‘unprecedented’ commitment to the Jewish state.”

“His defense secretary has repeatedly cast doubt on the efficacy of a U.S. military option against Iran even as the president insists it remains ‘on the table.’ His top national security advisers keep warning Israel not to attack Iran even as he claims not to presume to tell (Israeli leaders) what is best for them.”

Stephens cites a book by Peter Beinart, due out next month, called “The Crisis of Zionism.” Chapter five is titled “The Jewish President.” Beinart points out that Obama’s views about Israel have been shaped by his friends Rashid Khalidi and former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Beinart warns that Obama’s views were shaped as well by “a coterie of far-left Chicago Jews who ‘bred in Obama a specific, and subversive, vision of American Jewish identity and of the Jewish state.’”

“…But the important question here isn’t about American-Jewish attitudes toward Israel,” concludes Stephens, “It’s about the president’s honesty…On the evidence of Mr. Beinart’s sympathetic book, Mr. Obama’s speech at AIPAC was one long exercise of political cynicism.”

If a March 5 Debka File report is accurate, then the President has “decided to let Israel have weapons systems suitable for long-range military operations and strikes against fortified underground targets. They include four KC-35 aerial refueling aircraft, doubling the number already in the Israeli Air Force’s inventory, and GBU-31 Direct Attack Munition-JDAM bombs of the type which serve U.S. bombers, especially those based on aircraft carriers.”

So we are left to sort through the text of AIPAC speeches and other scraps of information to determine the future. The Debka File report appears to signal a change of attitude toward Iran after three years of fruitless and humiliating efforts to open negotiations with that nation.

After three years, Obama has had a challenging learning curve to disabuse him of his beliefs regarding Islam and the Middle East. He entered the White House with some serious reservations about Israel that have been reflected in his prior behavior toward the Jewish state.

His administration has committed as many, if not more, grave errors of political correctness regarding the Islamic war on the West than Carter’s or Clinton’s. The Obama administration made it known that there would no longer be any reference to the global war on terror, substituting “overseas contingency operations” in its stead. The brutal Fort Hood attack was not labeled an Islamic massacre but rather “workplace violence.”

Obama has learned that pretending that Islamo-fascists either don’t exist or don’t mean what they say does not solve the problem. To his credit, he authorized the killing of bin Laden and the drone attack on al Qaeda’s Anwar Awlaki, the mentor to the Fort Hood killer.

The leading supporter of terrorism, however, remains Iran, formerly known as Persia.

For Jewish and Christian Americans the greatest delusion about the Islamic war for world domination is the self-delusion that it is not really happening. As they celebrate Purim 2012, the Israelis harbor no such thoughts.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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Comment by Paul Szemanczky on March 7, 2012 at 7:29pm

Fantastic as always!

Comment by SgtGrumpy on March 7, 2012 at 7:21pm

I hope Netanyahu burned his clothes and took a hot shower to get rid of the stench of that lying muslim Israel hater.

Comment by Thomas "Max" Jonker on March 7, 2012 at 5:40pm

When Obama threatened Israel with his refusal to replenish Israel's arms inventory if they took preemptive action against Iran, Israeli leadership determined that this secret message could not be kept from the American people.

It was confirmed through diplomatic channels.

Remember.  Islamic doctrine encourages its followers to lie to the Infidel (America) if it furthers their Theocracy's cause. 

Those believing the premature blossoming of the Arab Spring was coincidental to America's Conservative resurgence in the '10 elections are suicidally naive.

Query.  Why would a mature man raised in the Muslim Faith become a fol

lower of Jeremiah Wright, when Farrakhan's identical teachings are only a few blocks away?


Comment by Ray Harrison on March 7, 2012 at 10:58am

Another great article.  Thanks for an informative (to me) history lesson.  However, cynic that I am, any change presented by HObama, is simply for the purpose of getting re-elected.  Then he will continue to dismantle the US.

Comment by Bill Boltinghouse on March 7, 2012 at 9:21am

Obama (The Muslim-In-Chief) will never back the Jews or Christians!

You will have noticed by now that he only supports the Muslim Brotherhood!

As I listened to BB the other night addressing AIPAC, I was waiting to hear him say, "Our bombers are on the way back and the raid was a success!"

I was happy to hear that BB will not tell Obama when they are on the move!

BB knows not to trust a Muslim!

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on March 7, 2012 at 9:20am

Informative article.

Comment by Juls on March 7, 2012 at 8:35am

"I've got your back".  (And I've got the knife to plant right between your shoulder blades.)

Comment by Tom Bruno on March 7, 2012 at 1:27am

The greatest thing Satan ever did was to convince people that he does not exist! Sadly, that is what the President of the United States is trying to do about Iran, its nuclear capacity and intentions and America's loyalty, commitment and policy.

Whether Obama is a Muslim, as some claim, a sympathizer, as is readily observed on the world political stage, or just a plain deceiver, thank G-d (to use a Jewish spelling) he is not deceiving Israeli leaders, anymore than he is deceiving most of the Arab states in the Middle East.

These states, almost all of them (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Emirates, Jordan, even Egypt and Turkey, two recent post sitters), know that a Persian, Semitic, Iranian state with a nuclear weapon provides them with no choice but to defend themselves and get their own nuclear arsenals. In advance, not after the fact.

They know that a nuclear Iran, if it was able to take Israel out with nukes, would provoke a nuclear war in the Middle East that makes it unlikely that any of them would survive more than a few months.

They know that if America has, as it appears, suddenly lost its nerve and converted to Islamic Appeasement,  the insanity of appeasement of the most violent, anti-Arab regime in history (Persian Iran- the wars between them have gone on for centuries), they will not survive unless they defend themselves.

It seems they also conclude that while America is playing with house money in the geo-political nuclear game, they have no stake at all unless, in US absence, they acquire their own bombs.

Clearly, these non Persian states, whether sunni or shiite, know a thing or two about their enemies: the only thing they respect is power, coupled with the certainty that it will be used, without warning and without fail.

Would that our President understood this reality.

Comment by USARogue on March 7, 2012 at 12:14am

This is the most dysfunctional foreign policy I have ever seen.

Is there any ally of ours that would confidently support us if it were needed? We spat in the face of the Europeans when we sold out with the New START Treaty. I hope we all remember the 13 RINO's that broke ranks with Senator John Kyl to pass this submission to the Russians. Then when WikiLeaks exposed our agreement to give the Kremlin the serial numbers of the missiles we sell to Britain the U.S. U.K. rift was palpable. Japan wallows in its 2 decade long "Lost Decade" and the EU economies collapse under the weight of their massive bureaucracies and entitlements.

The last two years snubbing of Israel will not be forgotten by Netanyahu. In 2010 our Coward-In-Chief denied him the usual audience and decorum afforded to visiting heads of state, actually leaving the Israeli President alone with his delegation as Obama walked out. Last year our narcissist POTUS sat in shocked disbelief as Netanyahu schooled him regarding the true meaning of allies being friends after he recommended Israel return to their pre 1967 borders. Last year’s inability of the U.S. and its allies to influence the U.N. and UNESCO permitted the Palestinians membership shows how our once dominant foreign policy influence has collapsed. 

Obama is abandoning our allies and relinquishing American hegemony. Our "special relationship" with Britain and Israel is all but in ashes. Love him or hate him, when Netanyahu speaks of Israel you can feel the passion he has for his tiny nation amongst the growing Caliphate that surrounds it. Netanyahu's stature overwhelms our Apologizer-In-Chief. The most recent pathetic apology to the barbarians in Afghanistan must have emboldened every enemy we have and scared the hell out of our allies, or what remains of them.

When Barrack Hussein told Israel "I have your back" I would have preferred to hear, "We stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies". Iran is evil, very evil. They have a ruthless, pathologic leader in Ahmadinejad. Given nuclear strength they will hasten the return of the 12th Imam.

As Alan stated, "for Jewish and Christian Americans the greatest delusion about the Islamic war for world domination is the self-delusion that it is not really happening", this should remind us of another great quote.

"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist".

The modern secular world (the majority of it anyway) seems to believe that evil is merely the absence of good or the absence of light. Not so. Evil is an active force in its own right, with an active persona behind it.

It can never be allowed to be exposed.


Comment by John Bellaire on March 7, 2012 at 12:00am

I can not blame Israel or any other free country to depend on Obama. I would not trust Obama to protect the United States.

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