David Rubin, a U.S.-born Israeli author and terrorism expert,
expects Israel to attack Iran before this fall's U.S. presidential
The Israeli people continue to prepare for what many believe
will be the long-anticipated airstrike against the Iranian nuclear
threat. Polls show that while most Israelis agree on the need to
stop Iran's nuclear program, a majority of Israelis would prefer
that someone else do it. However, 70 percent of the country does
not believe U.S. President Barack Obama will be that someone
the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh and author of The Islamic Tsunami:
Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He believes Israel
will have no choice but to go at it alone -- before November 6.
"Obama has been probably the most hostile American president
towards Israel in American history," Rubin observes. "I think that
Israel will strike before the elections, when Obama would not come
out strongly, at least not publicly against Israel for launching
such a strike."
And the expert notes that a pre-election strike could benefit
Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
"Clearly Romney would come out strongly in support of Israel for
launching such an attack," he asserts. "Obama wouldn't be able to
be seen as less supportive. Romney coming out strongly in favor of
an Israeli pre-emptive strike after the strike has actually
happened would be seen as the much stronger pro-Israel candidate,
which he is."
He concludes that would be a win-win political situation for