Israel is under siege again, being pummeled by rockets fired by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and now from the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.
The assault, which has seen almost 40 rockets launched into Israel in the past few days, has even targeted Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.
On Friday, Iranian officials announced that its rockets are being used in the attacks. On the same day, it was announced that Iran is stepping up its uranium enrichment.
According to a source in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, cited by World Net Daily, Iran has large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and it has provided those weapons to Hamas. Also, Iran has military advisers in Gaza to teach the Palestinians how to set up and operate the missile systems.
The same source said the attacks were meant as a message to Israel that any attack on Iran would be countered by Iran’s puppets.
The U.S. so far has not responded to the attacks on Israel, being too wrapped up in evading questions about what really happened in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.
The U.S. response will be crucial because the current attacks are not occurring in a vacuum. They are just the latest move in the game President Obama has been playing in the Middle East during his first term in office.
With one hand, the Obama Administration has been dealing with the United Nations to try to pressure Iran into giving up its nuclear weapons program. It has also reportedly been involved in secret face-to-face talks with Iran.
With the other hand, though, Obama has been toppling governments in the Mideast and North Africa by funding and arming “resistance” groups that more often than not turn out to be linked to al Qaida, our supposed enemy.
In Benghazi, information leaked by Administration sources suggests the CIA was involved with funneling heavy arms and personnel to the Syrian “rebels,” who are fighting the Syrian government, which is backed by Iran. Making the situation more complex, Syria and Iran are both supported by Russia, for whom Obama has vowed to be more “flexible” after the election.
The attack in Benghazi was led by Ansar al Sharia, an al Qaida-linked group that has its strings pulled by Iran. Many of the Ansar al Sharia members in Libya were in fact armed by the U.S. during its effort to overthrow Moammar Gadhaffi.
U.S.-Israeli relations have been strained almost since the day Obama came into office. It’s entirely possible that he will wash his hands of Israel’s problems. If he does, this will likely be seen by the Iranians and Russians as further signs of weakness.
Mitt Romney said during the debates that he would support the rebels in Syria and Israel, so perhaps his policy wouldn’t have been all that different on the surface. But support for Israel, the only functioning democracy in the region, is crucial to the region’s politics.
Now that the U.S. has foolishly re-elected the Man Who Would Be King, the U.S. is poised to have the rug pulled out from under its feet and being forced to watch the ascendancy of a new Muslim Caliphate allied with Russia and Iran.