Israel has never lived in a friendly neighborhoodâ€”the Welcome Wagon somehow never arrived, but life is tenser now for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Iran-backed Hezbollah has 50,000 rockets ready to fire at Israel, and skirmishes are starting. But Netanyahu says Israel is prepared â€œto act powerfully on all fronts.â€
All-out war could happen at any time. And other malefactors could jump in. ISIS, which is drawing closer to Israel, thanks in part to the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade’s holding territory near to the â€œarea of separationâ€ between Syria and Israel supposedly administered by the United Nations.Â Hamas, which got more than a bloody nose in its lastÂ confrontation with Israel, is another potential belligerent. And then thereâ€™s Iran and the Palestinians.
Of course, America has Israelâ€™s back. Sure! President Barack Obama has sent his private army of political operatives to unseat Netanyahu in the elections.
The tussle with Hezbollah began with when Israel, fearful of an attack, killed six Hezbollah fighters and a top Iranian general on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights. Iran threatened consequences, and Hezbollah quickly responded with anti-tank missiles that hit an Israel Defense ForceÂ convoy near the Lebanese border, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others. That was followed by Hezbollah mortar attacks and Israeli artillery fire.
It could just be business as usual in that area where hostilities occur with some regularity, or it could be what begins an Israeli-Hezbollah war, as it did eight years ago.
Netanyahu promises if Hezbollah starts something big, it will regret it. â€œTo all those trying to challenge us on the northern border, I suggest looking at what happened here, not far from the city of Sderot, in the Gaza strip,â€ Netanyahu asserted.Â â€œHamas absorbed the hardest blow since it was founded last summer, and the IDF is ready to act with force on any front.â€
With so many Islamic allies out in front and Obama attacking Netanyahu from the rear, Hezbollah might get cocky and ignite a regional war to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.
With friends like Obama, Netanyahu doesnâ€™t need enemies. Obama isnâ€™t sending just Jeremy Bird, who was the national field director for Barack Obamaâ€™sÂ 2012 presidentialÂ campaign, but a whole cadre of former staffers listed by World Net Daily:
- Mitch Steward, a 270 Strategies founding partner who helped the Obama campaign build what the U.K. Guardian called â€œa historic ground operation that will provide the model for political campaigns in America and around the world for years to come.â€
- Mark Beatty, a founding partner who served as deputy battleground states director for the Obama campaign. He had primary responsibility for Obamaâ€™s election plans for the battleground states.
- Marlon Marshall, a founding partner at 270 Strategies who joins the teamÂ afterÂ holding several key positions in national Democratic politics, most recently as deputy national field director for the 2012 Obama campaign.
- Betsy Hoover, a founding partner who served as director of digital organizing on the Obama campaign.
- Meg Ansara, who served as national regional director for Obama for America where she was responsible for overseeing the 2012 programs in the Midwest and southern states.
- Bridget Halligan, who served as the engagement program manager on the digital team of the 2012 Obama campaign.
- Kate Catherall, who served as Florida deputy field director for Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign.
- Alex Lofton, who most recently served as the GOTV director of Cleveland, Ohio, for the 2012 Obama campaign.
- Martha Patzer, the firmâ€™sÂ viceÂ president who served as deputy email director at Obama for America.
- Jesse Boateng, who served as the Florida voter registration director for Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign.
- Ashley Bryant, who served most recently as the Ohio digital director for the 2012 Obama campaign.
- Max Clermont, who formerly served as a regional field director in Florida for Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign.
- Max Wood, who served as a deputy data director in Florida for the 2012 Obama campaign.