Bibi Reads the Writing on the White House Wall; Will Speak Before Congress

Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2010I once met a woman who was born and raised in Iran and lived under the Shah, and later, under Ayatollah Khomeini.  I remember how she spoke passionately, in her broken English, about just how terrible the Shah of Iran actually was. When I asked her about life under the Ayatollah, she replied, “Shah bad, Ayatollah worse, much worse!”

Of course, the Iranian leadership has come a long way since their Ayatollah Khomeini days. Unfortunately for the world, most of their progress has been confined to their department of great ambitions.

As we are all well aware by now, Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by John Boehner to speak before a joint session of Congress regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and he has accepted.  Since then, there has been a lot of outrage tossed in Netanyahu’s direction regarding “the Israeli election,” “breaches in protocol,” and his alleged metaphoric “spit in the face” of the President.  I think all this outrage is nothing but a smokescreen to protect the President’s failed national foreign policy; that Bibi’s critics of his upcoming speech: doth protest too much.  

This is also what I think:

The Prime Minister of Israel is coming to speak before Congress because he believes a nuclear armed Iran will one day attack Israel.

The Prime Minister of Israel is coming to speak before Congress because he believes a nuclear armed Iran will one day be a global threat.

The Prime Minister of Israel is coming to speak before Congress because he believes a nuclear armed Iran is a Pandora’s Box that should never see fruition.

The Prime Minister of Israel is coming to speak before Congress because he has no confidence in the current Iran negotiations.

And here perhaps is my greatest pearl of wisdom:

The Prime Minister of Israel is coming to speak before Congress because he can see the writing on the White House wall.

As we all know, to “see the writing on the wall” is to understand an ominous event is about to take place based on current realities. It is an expression that goes back many centuries, all the way back to a legendary King Belshazzar party – cut short by a mysterious hand, writing on the palace wall.  Nobody could decipher the message of that hand until Daniel arrived on the scene and explained to the King that his number was up; that his character was found wanting; and that his kingdom was about to be divided up by the Persians and Medes.

Whereas Benjamin Netanyahu is not to be confused for a modern-day Daniel, I do believe he has no problem reading the ominous writing on the White House wall regarding Iran. And it reads thus: The numbered days of the President are not yet up; his character is found wanting; and this President is not at all serious about stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Back in October of 2014, in a speech at Northwestern University, President Obama made it very clear that, even though he was not on the upcoming fall ballot, his policies were.  One month later that speech was followed by one of the all-time Republican landslide election victories, an anti-Obama landslide victory to be sure. And now this newly elected 114th Congress, by way of John Boehner, has invited the Prime Minister of Israel to speak directly to them and to the American public.

Lately, Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing much more than reading the writing on the White House wall. He has been feeling the friendly winds of a new American Congress. He sees that this Congress takes the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran very seriously, and has decided to take John Boehner up on his generous invitation.  And who could blame Bibi for it. His upcoming speech might just be his last best chance to raise American awareness as to the lethal threat Iran poses to Israel, America, and the world.

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