While Obama and the American media continue to hail the coming of “democracy” to the Middle East and North Africa, as if the “Arab Spring” really represented a flowering of Western-style democracy and pluralism, Benjamin Netanyahu is more realistic.
“Netanyahu: Islamic ‘Wave’ Pressuring Israel,” by Julie Stahl for CBN News, February 20:
JERUSALEM, Israel — U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon arrived on his first official visit to Israel on Saturday for talks on Iran, Syria and regional security issues, the White House said in a statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Islamic wave sweeping the Arab world puts huge pressure on Israel’s security and defenses.
“What we have seen is such a huge transformation in our region that we know we will have to spend a lot more to defend ourselves,” Netanyahu said in an address to American Jewish leaders on Sunday evening, which followed a two-hour meeting with Donilon.
But he avoided the topic of a threat of a nuclear Iran in his 30-minute speech, saying “there’s so much talk about it that I’m not going to bore you with details.”…
In a weekend interview, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsy said, “It’s not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran. A strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn’t achieve their [Israel’s] long-term objectives.”…
Last week, Netanyahu said the sanctions were not working….