After Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early Thursday, the Israeli Defense Forces attacked more than 50 Iranian targets in Syria in one of the largest operations of the Israel Air Force since 1973.
This was the first step Israel took immediately after President Trump embraced its alliance with Israel by withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and in the process untying Israeli hands and letting them, following the eight years of the Obama administration, finally be free to defend itself against its enemies with devastating military power.
In analogy to the events that led up to World War II, history will show that Netanyahu has been a Winston Churchill, Obama was a Neville Chamberlain, and President Trump is a pro-Israel Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Winston Churchill’s main goal was to convince President Roosevelt to get into the military conflict to crush Nazi Germany. Netanyahu’s goal has been to find a Roosevelt and convince him to stand up alongside Israel to crush Iran with crippling economic sanctions first, then unchain the Israeli army to attack Iran and its proxies in the Mideast.
Netanyahu found no Roosevelt in Barack Obama, because Obama was a Chamberlain all along, believing that negotiating, appeasing, and conceding to an evil regime will stop its sinister aspirations of a Mideast takeover.
With Trump, Netanyahu did find a Roosevelt, whom he was able to convince to join the fight against evil — similar to Ronald Reagan confronting the Soviet Union, driving it into total regime collapse.
President Obama, Kerry, their alumni, and the leftist media argue against Trump’s decision to leave the nuclear deal with Iran, and impose again crippling sanctions. Their main argument is that America will not be trusted in the future because America broke its word given by a previous American president to keep the deal.
First, the deal was not ratified as a treaty or congressional legislation but created through an executive order. Therefore, it was not legally binding to any future administration.
Second, walking away from a bad deal is exactly what Winston Churchill did in 1940, as the newly elected prime minister of Great Britain during World War II.
Churchill walked away from the Munich Agreement that the previous British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed in 1938 with Adolf Hitler. An agreement with which the United Kingdom, and other signatories such as France and Italy, betrayed the state of Czechoslovakia, permitting its annexation in order to appease Hitler— supposedly preventing war.
At the time, Churchill characterized the Munich Agreement as a "total and unmitigated defeat," refusing to accept the view that the pact was a triumph for diplomacy, or that it would open the way as Chamberlain believed, to a reduction of tension and to an even closer relationship between Britain and Germany.
Today, the Munich Agreement is widely regarded as a failed act of appeasement towards Nazi Germany.
Chamberlain remains viewed as a weak leader.
As history applauded Churchill for breaking Chamberlain’s word to Hitler and saving Europe, the Jewish people, and the world in the process, will also applaud Trump for making America an unapologetic and feared global leader again.
For the last 10 years, Netanyahu has been like the Churchill of the 1930’s. He has been acting as a voice in the wilderness, warning a complacent world against a gathering storm which in this case is an ambitious Iran intent on acquiring nuclear weapons and creating regional instability.
As a result, the Israeli Prime Minister was ridiculed, threatened, boycotted, and isolated by the Obama administration, the Democrats, and the world.
Now Netanyahu sees Trump as a partner for broader change in the Mideast, just as Ronald Reagan sought to change the then existing order in Europe. For the first time, there is an American president who sees Iran's danger, just as Netanyahu does— realizing that the ultimate goal should be regime change.
Netanyahu is correct when he sees Iran as both dangerous with its regional and global aspirations directed against the West but also weak like the Soviet Union before its collapse through corruption, inner dissent, and economic malaise.
There are signs of weakness in Iran domestically. These can be exploited.
Despite the sanction relief and the 150 billions dollars given to Iran as a result of the nuclear deal, Iran’s economy has been in trouble — even prior to Trump's announcement.
Since the beginning of 2018, the Iranian currency, the Rial, has lost nearly half of its value.
When Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013, $1 equaled 36,000 Rials; now that figure stands near 67,800 Rials to the dollar.
Observers point to political corruption, mismanagement, and political infighting as major factors in the Rial’s tumble.
Moreover, It was reported that hundreds of recent outbreaks of labor strikes and workers protests erupted on Sunday across Iran, against not only employers but also the government, over inflation, unpaid wages, and the failed promises of the nuclear deal which fattened the pockets of the religious ruling establishment and the Revolutionary Guards but left the public behind.
Nobody could forget that a series of public protests occurred in various cities throughout Iran beginning on Dec. 28, 2017, continuing into 2018 — focusing on the government’s economic policies, and its theocratic regime.
Imposing tough economic sanctions and further initiating assertive American diplomacy will be the nail on the coffin of the Iranian weak economy — finally leading to regime change.
This is the time to squeeze Iran with economic pressure and credible military threats such as the military humiliation of Iran by daily attacks inflicting casualties on Iranian proxies and Iranian forces in Syria. These will demoralize the regime and its supporters.
Eventually, If Iran dares to start its nuclear program, a devastating Israeli military response will be necessary and possible now that Israel is not constrained — as it was under Obama.
When Obama assumed the White House, he immediately removed the Churchill bust in the Oval Office. Symbolically, when Trump became president he brought it back immediately, returning it to be displayed again.
In 2015, Netanyahu became the first foreign leader since Winston Churchill to speak before the U.S. Congress three times, when he tried to convince Obama, the Democrats and the world not to sign the nuclear deal. On that occasion he was presented by the Speaker of the U.S. House with a bust of Churchill.
Now it seems that Trump brought back the bust and a real life Churchill like Netanyahu to stand up with him against evil.
In the fight of good versus evil, evil is counting its last days and good is back to stay.
Glory days are here again, thanks to Trump and Netanyahu making America and Israel great again.
Shoula Romano-Horing is an attorney, law professor, opinion columnist, radio talk show host, and a national public speaker. Born and raised in Israel, she has lived in the United States since 1980. Since 1993, she has written Op-Ed columns in many American and Israeli news outlets about Israel and the Middle East and the strategic threats to Israel and the U.S. For ten years, Shoula was the host of a weekly radio talk show called “Oh Jerusalem,” where she discussed, with guests from all over the world, issues concerning Israel and the Middle East. Her blog is www.shoularomanohoring.com. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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