A member of Israel's Knesset says the foreign policy of
President Barack Obama has emboldened Iran to accelerate its
development of nuclear bombs.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently expressed his
dissatisfaction with Washington over its refusal to spell out what
would provoke a "red line" for the U.S. to take military action
against Iranian nuclear facilities.
The Obama administration has steadfastly insisted on giving
diplomacy and sanctions more time to try to compel Iran to abandon
its nuclear work.
Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and a member
of the ruling Likud Party, is currently in the United States
promoting his new book, Israel: The Will to Prevail, which
is harshly critical of President Obama. He says countries like Iran
see appeasement as a sign of weakness.
"Today we see that Iranians continue to enrich uranium to build
five nuclear bombs. At the same time, Secretary [of State Hillary]
Clinton and President Obama are standing idly by and are not
willing to take a leadership role with stopping Iran from becoming
nuclear," Danon laments.
He suggests that President Obama not base his national security
decisions on how it might affect his re-election.
"I think it is a moral decision. Sometimes leaders must make a
decision not according to the polls," he contends. "It is a threat
to the American people as well if Iran would become nuclear …
nobody knows if this weapon and technology will not reach the
shores of the United States of America."
Still, Danon asserts that while Israel remains on the frontline
in the confrontation with Iran, it does have the military
capability to deal with the threat alone, if necessary.