Netanyahu v. Obama – Views From Israel and Diaspora
February 28, 2015 § 1 Comment
Today’s Haaretz newspaper included three reactions to Netanuahu’s current effort to court Israeli political support by attacking President Obama and advocating the abortion of peace negotiations with Iran. The effects of the controversy are presented as viewed in Israel and as viewed by Jews living in America.
I offer this commentary for consideration because I am convinced that the ultimate outcome of our effort to avoid another “preventive” war in the Middle East could involve a process leading to a long bitter and costly war – costly not just in dollars but also in lives. If decisions about this grave matter are submitted and determined, not by statesmen and knowledgeable negotiators, but by politicians focused only on electoral advantage, it will amount to a failure of democracy to prove itself capable of managing serious issues based on rationality and common sense.
WWI was the result of unwitting decisions hastily made with small understanding of their terrible consequences. In our time of nuclear weapons, we cannot afford a repeat of that foolishness.