LL (10 Nov 2010)

By Joel C. Rosenberg
(San Diego, California, November 9, 2010) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's trip to the U.S. was originally supposed to be three days. It has
been extended to five days. He stopped first in New Orleans on Sunday to speak
to a conference of American Jewish leaders, and to meet with Vice President
Biden. He's now spending several days in New York meeting with UN Secretary
General Ki Ban Moon, Secretary of State Clinton, and others. The Obama team is
trying to focus on peace talks with the Palestinians. But Netanyahu's focus is
different. He is warning military strikes against Iran may be necessary. Indeed,

Netanyahu's tone on Iran is changing. For much of the year, he has been fully
supportive of economic sanctions. But the PM is now telling the U.S. to put a
credible military threat on the table. He is, I believe, beginning to lay the
groundwork for a possible Israeli preemptive strike, if the U.S. and the West
can't stop Iran any other way.

Yesterday, I did an interview with NewsMax.com. Here are some excerpts. The full

interview is posted on my weblog, along with the latest headlines on the
Netanyahu visit.

"President Barack Obama isn't doing enough to keep nuclear weapons out of
hands, and Israel may have to launch a military strike as a result, says author
Joel Rosenberg, former political consultant to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu," reports NewsMax.com. "Rosenberg, a New York Times
author, recently published The Twelfth Imam, a novel. 'It's not simply dangerous

that Iran's leaders have publicly called for the annihilation of Israel and the
U.S. and that Iran is rapidly pursuing nuclear weapons,' he tells Newsmax.TV.

"'The problem in Iran is that the regime has an end-of-time theology. It
believes we are living in the end of days. It expects the Islamic messiah,
Twelfth Imam, to come at any moment.' Furthermore, the regime believes that
annihilating Israel - 'the little Satan' - and the United States - 'the big
Satan' - is the way to hasten the Twelfth Imam's arrival. 'This is what's so
dangerous: nuclear weapons soon in the hands of people who believe it's their
God-given mission to end Judeo-Christian civilization as we know it,' Rosenberg
says. 'We're rapidly approaching the point where this could become all too

"Netanyahu has said that American economic sanctions against Iran aren't
and that the United States must put a credible military threat on the table,
Rosenberg notes. But he doesn't think Netanyahu is convinced that the Obama
administration will take decisive action. 'I think the prime minister is laying
the groundwork for sometime next year that if the world and U.S. don't take
decisive action, Israel may have to take action itself. I pray for peace but
think we have to be prepared for war.'"