By Sig Demling
It's Spring in Israel but Benjamin Netanyahu is being buried under a blizzard.
No, not the wet-and-white kind; this is a Washington-based snow job that, if not shoveled out of danger, could become a political avalanche that claims Israel as a victim.
The evidence of Barack Obama's neglect of Israel's security is everywhere, starting in Syria where proof already has been presented of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons.
And what's Washington's response? To call it tepid would be an overstatement.
On the Palestinian front, we hear nothing but futile attempts by the president's latest lackey, Secretary of State John Kerry, to re-start "two-state solution" negotiations with the Arabs.
The hitch here is that the Obama-Kerry "solution" would erase Israel as we know it because the Middle East's only legitimate democracy would be forced to accept hideously vulnerable borders that -- under any sane circumstances -- would have to be rejected out of hand.
In a relative sense, the Syrian and Palestinian issues are -- at least for the moment -- small potatoes compared to the Iranian threat.
While the mullahs in Teheran feverishly push their nuclear program, the response at the White House is an abject lesson in stalling and more stalling until, at some point, the Iranians will have the bomb just as the North Koreans do today.
To those who attended Obama's most recent "I've got Israel's back" speech, -- upon further review -- it sounds as if the commander-in-deceit had a good laugh up his presidential sleeve once he ducked behind the theater curtain.
Face it, Jews of the world, the man is slowly, relentlessly, selling out Israel.
His endless pleas for patience so that the sanctions against Iran can work sound like the drone of a bagpipe and, practically speaking, are just as off-key.
Only a Pollyanna would dream that sanctions will deter the Iranians and, by this time, even Pollyanna, herself, would concede that they mean nothing to a warlike nation that laughs off sanctions as smoke rings blown by appeasers.
Bibi must know this by now because clear-thinkers in his cabinet such as Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon have spelled out the threat loud and clear.
"The diplomatic channel is not bringing the Iranian nuclear program to a halt," Ya'alon asserts. "And the economic sanctions have yet to stop the centrifuges. A viable military option is required even if it is the last resort."
Why are diplomatic channels useless? For the answer to that question, all you have to do is chalk up all the ambassadorial, United Nations and European Union proclamations to halt the endless massacre in Syria. Notice how well it has worked as the death lists grow into the hundreds of thousands.
Economic sanctions? The mullahs no doubt consider them the laugh-riot of the half-century. For sure, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor is not chuckling about Iran's continued progress toward developing a nuclear program.
"It (the nuclear program) continues to advance at the speed of an express train," says Prosor. "The international community's efforts to stop them are moving at the pace of a local train, pausing at every stop for some nations to get off and on."
Bibi is too smart not to be aware of the White House stalling. He's too insightful not to see through Obama's endless smoke screens. He's too prescient not to pay heed to candid commentators such as the Jerusalem Post's Caroline Glick.
"The time has come to take matters into our own hands on Syria and Iran," Glick concludes. "As for Iran, either Israel must launch an attack without delay or if we can't then Netanyahu has to publicly state that diplomacy is over. Either Iran is attacked or it gets the bomb."
Glick gets it. Bibi should get it.
Obama? Forget about him.
He's already forgotten about Israel's security.