Op-Ed: When Obama Met Netanyahu
Daniel PipesDaniel Pipes is president and founder of the Middle East Forum, author of 12 books, several books, president of the Middle East Forum, is considered one of the world’s foremost analysts on the Middle East and Muslim history. He warned of militant Islam's war with the USA years before 9.11 and called Arafat's bluff at Oslo.
On learning that Barack Obama invited Binyamin Netanyahu to visit him on March 23, presumably to discuss such momentous topics as the timing of announcements of housing units in Jerusalem and urging him to make nice to the PLO's Mahmoud Abbas, I can't help imagine what I would say to the president if I were in his place.
1. Let's put aside Palestinian issue, which even the past year shows has little chance of a breakthrough.
2. Instead, better to focus on the supremely dangerous Iranian nuclear buildup.
3. It's too late for resolutions, agreements, or sanctions to deal with that buildup.
4. The only decision left is whether or not to take out the nuclear infrastructure.
5. American forces have the greatest capabilities and should undertake this operation.
6. If they don't, Israeli forces should do the job.
7. That will be difficult; the IDF intelligence, planes, and payloads may not be adequate.
8. Therefore, only Israel's submarine-based nuclear weapons can assure operational success.
9. No one wants that, so better the U.S. government take action.
Faced with such logic, I hope Obama would put aside the Palestinian issue, at least temporarily.