Air Date: August 23, 2012
Host: Vic Eliason
Guest: David Rubin
David Rubin is the author of the book, The Islamic Tsunami (Israel and America in the Age of Obama). He is the former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel and the Founder and President of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, established after he and his three-year-old son were both shot and wounded in a vicious terrorist attack. As an American-Israeli who has been living in Israel for over twenty years, he sees the current events and their ramifications from a unique perspective.
David explained that if someone builds a home in Israel today, one room is required to be a bomb shelter. This shows how serious they are about eventual war with an outside enemy. However, this kind of move that in the past may have seemed off in the distance now seems to be closer to reality because of Iran’s nuclear program as well as their recent war rhetoric.
So with Iranian threats, Israeli preparations and public debate continuing at a feverish pace, the question is out there for all to see: Is Israel planning to attack Iran in October? David predicted that Israel will go it alone – and soon. In fact, he communicated that he expects Israel to attack Iran before the November elections in the U.S.
David noted that in order to know whether Israel will attack Iran, one needs to look at the overall situation including the political and military factors as well as what he called, “the popular factor”. On this last point he indicated that the dispute among many in Israel doesn’t center on whether or not Iran should be stopped militarily. Instead he believes the discussion is about whether it should be done alone or with the help of the U.S.
What does David feel will be the response from both the Obama and Romney campaigns in the event of an attack on Iran? Why hasn’t Iran been dealt with by Israel long before this? If Israel attacks Iran, will Iran retaliate by closing off the Strait of Hormuz, a move that would choke off critical oil supplies? These and other questions regarding the Iran/Israeli relationship are dealt with on this critical edition of Crosstalk.
A copy of David Rubin’s book, Islamic Tsunami, can be obtained by calling 1-800-431-1579