Obama is to Blame if Netanyahu Attacks Iran
August 13, 2012 • 8:21AM

U.S. President Barack Obama is the person responsible if madman Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak go to war "within weeks," as one Netanyahu war ally put it on August 12. Veteran Israeli report Amir Oren wrote an op-ed Sunday for Haaretz entitled, "Obama must speak out against war with Iran," which says, "This is the last chance — for Obama and the Israelis — to say their piece beforehand, instead of regretting their silence afterward." Oren is the reporter who, in 2001, broke the story that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had been studying the 1943 military tactics of the Nazi SS against the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto, for application against the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza—a story later confirmed by then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's press spokesman.

The responsiblity to stop the Israeli crazies in Bibi's faction lies with Obama, says Oren. "Without clear statements at the highest levels — publicly, not halfheartedly behind closed doors — the impression will remain that the Americans have come to terms with such an operation. By the time they deny that this is the case, it might be too late."

Oren's commentary comes as Netanyahu's effort to give himself total power to launch war without cabinet or Knesset interference reached a new highpoint. According to Israel's Ynet news, Netanyahu forced through a new protocol, now approved by "the government" of Israel that will give him unprecedented power, according to opposition leaders from Kadima and Labor, and which threatens Israel's "democracy." Among the changes in decision making are that Bibi will be able to delay any decision made by a ministerial committee and force a new vote before a decision is implemented — again and again until he gets the vote he wants; Bibi will be able to sit in on any committee and vote; Bibi reduced the week-long window for making a decision on a vote to 12 hours; and he has taken away the right for members of the ministerial committees to vote in absentia. At the same series of government meetings where this was arranged, Bibi declared the Iran war to be of the greatest importance: "All of the threats on the home front shrink in the face of another threat — Iran cannot be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons."

Even the Prime Minister's own legal adviser, Shlomit Barnea Fargo, questioned the legality of this decision that allows Bibi to undermine the decisions of government-appointed committees.

Opposition leaders denounced the change as an effort to speed up the process of attacking Iran without consulting the Knesset.

At the same time, there is another unprecedented wave of high-level opposition to Netanyahu's war from another top IDF retired general, from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and from a Canadian NATO general who played a key command role in the Libya war of 2011.