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What might Netanyahu do when his American mob tells him Romney won't win?

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Even before his latest reported gaffe the polls were indicating that Romney will fail in his Zionist-backed bid to deny President Obama a second term in the White House.

After the Republican presidential candidate tried and failed to make political capital out of the killing of the American ambassador and three of his colleagues in Libya, Obama said (on CBS's 60 Minutes) "Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later." Staying with the shooting metaphor, it seems to me that with his latest gaffe Romney has shot himself in both feet and possibly elsewhere in his anatomy.

Here is what he said to a behind-closed-doors meeting with Republican funders who each paid a minimum of $50,000 to hear him:

"There are 47% of the country who will vote for the president no matter what." And this 47% were people, he added,  "...who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. It is not my job to worry about these people." (We know that's what Romney did say because he was secretly filmed saying it).

This was the same Romney whose campaign propaganda had previously proclaimed that he wanted "to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy."

In a New York Times opinion piece David Brooks argues the case for saying that Romney is running "a desperately inept presidential campaign... There's no way the country will trust the Republican Party to reform the welfare state if that party doesn't have a basic commitment to provide a safety net for those who suffer for no fault of their own...As a description of America today, Romney's (47%) comment is a country-club fantasy. It's what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney."

So to my headline question: What might Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu do when his American sponsors tell him, possibly in the coming few days, that Romney isn't going to win?

In my view the question is worth asking because Netanyahu already knows there is no way the America of a second-term Obama is going to become engaged in a war with Iran. Netanyahu may also know that though they are now on hold until after the American election, secret talks between the Obama administration through a third party and Iran have made significant progress. According to my source with access to these talks, the clear implication is that early in his second term Obama will bring the nuclear crisis with Iran to an end by politics and diplomacy.

A few weeks ago I would have answered my headline question by saying there was more than a 50-50 chance that if and when he was told that Romney was not going to win the race for the White House, Netanyahu would give the "Go" signal for an attack on Iran, in the belief that in order to best protect his election prospects Obama would be forced to commit American weapons and forces.

But in a few weeks things have changed a lot. Not only is Obama now well placed to secure a second term, if only by default on Romney's part, there is also a growing realization in America that, on Netanyahu's behalf, the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress have overplayed their hand in trying to influence the American election and push the US into war. (In my last post I quoted TIME' s much respected Joe Klein describing this influence as "outrageous and disgusting... as cynical as it is brazen." I have no doubt that Klein was speaking for many Americans, and probably more than a few Republicans as well as most Democrats).

Most significant of all are poll findings that most Americans do not want their country to go to war with Iran even if Israel starts it. Perhaps most remarkable of all was a poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. More than half of the respondents said that if Israel starts a war with Iran, the US should not leap to Israel's defense.

So if and when he is told that Romney won't be the next president, Netanyahu will have a problem. He could no longer be certain that he can cause Obama to go to war in what remains of his first term.

While I was thinking about what Netanyahu might actually do, I recalled a conversation I had with Ezer Weizman in early 1980 when he was the defense minister in Begin's coalition government. What follows is a part of that conversation as set down in my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Volume Three sub-titled Conflict Without End?, Chapter 12 The Blood Oath. Ezer was half an hour late for an appointment I had with him and I had been shown into his outer office to wait for him.

I heard the sound of heavy, weary footsteps coming up the stone stairs. When Ezer filled the frame of the doorway to the outer office of his inner sanctum it was obvious that he was not his usual energetic, breezy self. He had the look of a haunted man. He managed a smile and said "Shalom." Then, without another word, he put an arm around my shoulder and walked me into his office. He closed the door, nodded me to a seat on the other side of his ministerial desk and flopped into his own chair. He pushed it back and plonked his feet on the desk. He was looking straight at me but through me, to something only visible in his imagination.

I let the silence run and then, eventually, I said: "Ezer, you've obviously got a major problem on your mind. Shall I make an appointment for another day?"

Eventually he spoke. On reflection I am sure he told me what he did only because I was there. He needed to tell somebody and it happened by chance to be me.

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Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who has covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. He is a researcher and author and a participant at leadership (more...)
 
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