As Time Is Running Out Will Israel Go It Alone Before 2012 Ends?
According to Foreign Policy Magazine, Romney foreign-policy adviser Dan Senor suggested on MSNBC's Morning Joe that Obama effectively had to be dragged against his will toward tougher sanctions on Iran -- the same tough sanctions for which the administration is now regularly taking credit because they have started to work (Foreign Policy).
The biggest problem with the present US administration is they present no red lines, no credible threat, and no timeline for which Iran must take heed. Frankly, this situation could go on indefinitely or until Iran builds a bomb.
Of course, Israel claims that they will strike before they allow Iran to cross their redline, but according to military experts, they would only be able to destroy some of Iran's nuclear facilities. Here is the most likely scenario:
According to a source close to the discussions, the action that participants currently see as most likely is a joint US-Israeli surgical strike targeting Iranian enrichment facilities. The strike might take only "a couple of hours" in the best case and only would involve a "day or two" overall, the source said, and would be conducted by air, using primarily bombers and drone support. Advocates for this approach argue that not only is it likely to be more politically palatable in the United States but, were it to be successful -- meaning knocking out enrichment facilities, setting the Iranian nuclear program back many years, and doing so without civilian casualties -- it would have regionwide benefits. One advocate asserts it would have a "transformative outcome: saving Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, reanimating the peace process, securing the golf, sending an unequivocal message to Russia and China, and assuring American ascendancy in the region for a decade to come.
While this approach would limit the negative costs associated with more proacted interventions, it could not be conducted by the Israelis acting alone. To get to buried Iranian facilities, such as the enrichment plant at Fordow, would require bunker-busting munitions on a scale that no Israeli plane is capable of delivering. The mission, therefore, must involve the United States, whether acting alone or in concert with the Israelis and others (Foreign Policy).
Whoever the US president turns out to be come November, he will have to make clear and concise red lines for which Iran must adhere to if there nuclear program is to be stopped. My guess is, if Obama is the winner it will be much of the same for Israel. However, at some point in time, the Bible is clear that demand will rise up and make peace with many (including Israel; Daniel 9:27). I believe it will place Israel in a time the Bible calls peace and safety (Ezekiel 38:8, 11, 14).
Iran denied on Saturday a U.S. media report that said it had offered a "nine-step plan" aimed at solving its stand-off with the West over its disputed nuclear program.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Iran had proposed a plan to European officials that required the West to lift harsh oil and economic sanctions in return for the eventual suspension of uranium enrichment by Tehran.
It reported Iranian officials tried to gather support for the proposal during a visit last month to the United Nations (haaretz.com).
I speculate this 9-step plan will ultimately get done and Iran will agree to halt its drive toward a nuclear weapons program. It may very well be a part of the prophesied plan with many found in Daniel 9:27.
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