Did you know? The Patriot Post is funded 100% by its readers. Help us stay front and center in the fight for Liberty and support the 2024 Independence Day Campaign.

October 3, 2014

U.S. and Israel: An Icy Meeting

Obama and Netanyahu discussed ISIL and Iran, but they’re not quite on the same page.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the White House to meet Barack Obama for the 12th time. The topics of discussion: ISIL and the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

While U.S. leadership is fixated on degrading the Islamic State/ISIL/ISIS, Netanyahu made it plain that he was more concerned about Iran. “Israel fully supports your effort and your leadership to defeat [ISIL]. We think everybody should support this,” he said. “And even more critical is our shared goal of preventing Iran from becoming a military nuclear power.” The Israeli leader pleaded with Obama not to lift Iranian sanctions.

But this was a meeting in which Washington Post writer Dana Milbank wrote of Netanyahu: His “body language was that of a man suffering intestinal discomfort.” There’s no question that the U.S. and Israel haven’t been on the same page in recent years. In fact, just hours after the morning meeting, the White House once again chided Israel for a proposed new development in east Jerusalem.

Yet Israel’s fears, likewise expressed by commentator Charles Krauthammer, lie more in the prospect of a nuclear Iran. ISIL has little respect among Israeli leadership. While Obama promoted them from the “JV team,” Netanyahu still describes ISIL as “militant Islamists on pickup trucks armed with Kalashnikov rifles.”

But in his United Nations speech this week, Netanyahu argued Hamas and ISIL have a shared philosophy, making them “branches of the same poisonous tree.” (Recall the Israeli offensive this past summer to root out Hamas militants who were firing rockets into Israeli territory from safe harbor across the border in Gaza.)

Netanyahu is rightly concerned about a softening of America’s position on Iranian nukes, comparing the prospect to ISIL acquiring chemical weapons in Syria. As he warned the United Nations:

“[D]on’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose only: to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb. The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of … centrifuges … to enrich uranium. This would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power. And in the future, at the time of its choosing, Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons. Allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threat to us all.”

The only person Iran truly has to fool is the president of the United States, and over the last five-plus years it’s become clear that the survival of the lone functioning democracy in the Middle East isn’t a priority for Obama.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.