It appears Netanyahu will wait until after the Jewish Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Week of Sukkoth, which ends on the night of the 7th of October. The Israeli Prime Minister is tentatively scheduled to speak before the United Nations General Assembly, the day after Yom Kippur. He purportedly plans to ask the United Nations to condemn Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, and its anti-Semitism against the nation of Israel. President Obama has requested to meet with Netanyahu, on September 28, and convince him not to attack Iran, until after the U.S. presidential election in November. Netanyahu is willing to meet the President, but would also meet with Governor Mitt Romney.
If President Obama can not convince Netanyahu not to attack Iran, Israel would probably attack on October 8th, after the conclusion of the Jewish holidays, or on October 15th, under the cover of a dark moon. Many believe Israel planes will use Azerbaijan airfields to service fighter-bombers and as a base for helicopter rescue.
There is some speculation the Israelis are using the leverage of the US presidential election to seek an explicit statement from President Obama that the United States would launch its own attack as early as next year, and force the Obama administration into a sharper red line and a more declarative statement about the use of force. However, there is no guarantee President Obama will be re-elected, or could be trusted to fulfill any commitment.
While President Obama has stated he does not believe Iran and Venezuela are a threat to the United States, he seems oblivious to the fact Iran is constructing missile silos in Venezuela, which will be in range of Florida. In addition the Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Bahrain, is within reach of Iranian missiles. If Iran tips their missiles with nuclear weapons, they will become a threat to the United States. An Iranian oil tanker off the East Coast could also launch a missile capable of striking the White House.
King Solomon wisely said, “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord… Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. ” (Proverbs 16: 5 &18). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7).
If Israel makes a strike before the election, President Obama is much less likely to condemn Israel. However, the quandary for Netanyahu and American conservatives, who do not want President Obama to be elected, will an “October surprise” help Obama win the election? Historically speaking, sitting presidents have an advantage during a worldwide military crisis’s. Most Americans will have no problem with Israel defending itself. However, will they be willing to change horses in the middle of an international crisis? The likelihood of an attack is growing. The timing is nearly predictable. If the price of crude oil on the world markets skyrockets weeks before the presidential election, and the US Navy experiences major set backs, will this doom an Obama re-election or cause him to be re-elected? Only God knows.
Written by Dr. Stephen Johnston, author of “Tea Party Culture War: A clash of Worldviews.”
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