President Barack Obama at a speech in Miami on Friday March 4, 2011 told the Jewish audience that; "the uprisings across the Middle East offer a "huge opportunity" for the U.S. as a new generation awakens to opportunities in the larger world. Obama describes the uprisings in the Middle East as "winds of freedom."
And he says the forces that swept Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of office should be aligned with the U.S. and with Israel.
This was a high dollar gathering of Jews in Miami. Of course, our President, Mr."Smooth Rhetoric" is playing the crowd, but what's worse is that he is ignoring the realities in the Middle East. Of course the Jewish community is worried about a new government in Egypt. For in 1967 before Mubarak Egypt came close to wiping Israel off the map. If America and Britain had not intervened on Israel's side that Jewish state would have been history. There are many of us that hope that Egypt will not align itself with America, but rather with its two similar strong nations, Turkey and Syria. As I said in an earlier article last year that if Turkey, Syria and Egypt all got together, they would pose a serious threat to Israel's very existence. What is needed is not what either Mr. Obama nor the Israeli's want; a united Arab world.
The other reality that seems to escape Mr. Obama is that no Arab country will align itself with Israel. To do so would ignore the rights to existence of the Palestinian people as a nation in the Middle East. The Jewish state should be worried for the power base in Cairo with the emergence of an array of forces, may well reject the current state of relations with the Jewish State in favor of aligning the Arab World's largest countries with those forces who are committed to the destruction of Israel. Could this realignment bring that arrogant Jewish state to behave in a more mature and non-threatening manner with its neighbors and the Palestinians, fearing its own utter annihilation? Perhaps. For decades Israel has worked on dividing the Arab world to save its own neck. Now a united Arab world may just change the face of the Middle East forever.
Arab forces are quick to understand that the unfolding uprisings can serve as the organizing grounds for promoting a restructuring of those forces aligned against Israel and the West. The unfolding discontent may well have its consequences in the West Bank as well. Inspired by the scenes in Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli. Political parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood may be able to mobilize public support in the absence of a unified coalition of opposition parties. Such a development would represent a major challenge both to Washington and to Jerusalem, where a new Islamic coalition could forge its presence as the major power broker in the region.
The implications of the change of political balance in the Middle East could be significant. It is now conceivable that Israel will find itself surrounded as it did in 1948 by a ring of nation-states committed to its destruction. Much like General George Armstrong Custer did at the Little Big Horn surrounded by all the Indians in the world. History can repeat itself .