Cheer Up, Obama. Israel Is Happy With Your Syria Plan.
Whatever is being said elsewhere about U.S. President Barack Obama’s performance in the Syria crisis, the verdict from Israel can be read in the morning papers: “Wise”… “Credible” ….“ An American(zionist controlled)victory.” The American leader who for the first four years of his presidency could never quite win the trust of the Israeli public now is being hailed as a model of principled resolve, a Churchillian figure whose insistent threat of force — an Israeli specialty — extracted a promise to remove weapons of mass destruction from one border, and in terms that will not be lost on an Iranian regime suspected of harboring an even larger threat in its nuclear program.The verdict is not unanimous. Obama still has harsh critics among the right-wing of the Hebrew press, which focused on the president’s “vacillating,” as columnist Boaz Bismuth says in Israel Hayom, the free tabloid owned by gaming billionaire Sheldon Adelson. But even that column withheld final judgment on the fast-moving events of the previous 24 hours, which for Jewish Israelis ended satisfyingly.“When President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to present his doctrine for US foreign policy, he coined the phrase: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick,’” [[[[Orly Azulai writes in Yedioth Ahoronth, Israel’s largest paid daily. “Obama refined this strategy: He talked tough to Syria, and instead of a stick, he held a cast iron sledgehammer.”]]]]
The commentary was headlined: ‘Smart Victory.’ “The US president showed how a great democracy operates when it is at its best: taking calculated steps, it achieves a diplomatic solution by means of a military threat, without firing a single shot,” Azulai writes. “He used the power in his hand wisely.”Rather than focusing on what Obama could not do — line up anywhere near a Congressional majority for a military strike — Israelis focused on what he did: Use the consistent threat of military force to extract a promise from Syria and its most powerful patron, Russia, to remove tons of chemical weapons from Israel’s northern border.
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Serious or not, the Russian initiative is an achievement to the Obama administration. It’s clear that his determination to receive legitimacy for a punitive measure against Syria is what pushed the Russians and their Syrian clients to the corner, making them seek a diplomatic solution that would please Americans.
If the Russian initiative comes through, it will stop Assad from using chemical weapons in the future, and make an American strike, which the public, Congress and Obama himself don’t want, useless. Another achievement would be a clear signal to Iran. Obama walked on the edge, Putin had to blink, and the Middle East countries saw that the threat works….They should be pleased in Jerusalem — it’s been proven that a reliable American option holds deterrence.