The Jay Shapiro Hour
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
Now that US President Barack Obama has handed over to Congress a decision whether Syrian war crimes should be dealt with if at all, and therefore adding days, if not longer, to the possible further suffering of civilians, women, children and the elderly, he has, essentially, signaled to Israel that we cannot depend on him for the needed military support to deal with Iran.
His unwillingness to display firm resolve, preferring to hand over constitutional power he claims belongs legally to the President, illustrates an hesitant delay that we in Israel cannot afford. We cannot sit patiently while a Congress debates.
Of course, if he declares that this upcoming Congressional debate will also set a precedent for any future action he may take against Iran, in that the military operation will be defined as one in reaction to the use of weapons of mass destruction anywhere, there may yet be some benefit - if the vote supports him.