One of President Barack Obama’s top Jewish supporters and a prominent defender of the president’s Israel and Iran policies wrote on Oct. 29 that Obama’s defeat could doom the U.S.-Israel alliance, and potentially the Jewish State itself.
Atlantic magazine blogger Jeffrey Goldberg says he can “almost guarantee” that a Romney presidency would cause liberals to withdraw support for Israel and for stopping the Iranian nuclear program.
“If Romney wins, and if Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power in Israel, I can almost guarantee you that you will see a melting away of whatever Democratic support there is for tough action against Iran, and a melting away of whatever liberal support there still remains for a strong America-Israel relationship,” Goldberg wrote.
That withdrawal of support, which according to Goldberg only exists because of Obama, could eventually spell the end of Israel.
With a Republican in the White House, Goldberg added, “the anti-war movement will become extraordinarily energized” and could stand in the way of Romney taking tough action against Iran.
Moreover, writes Goldberg, “the opposition [to confronting Iran] that is sure to materialize [during a Romney administration] could have profoundly negative effects on Israel’s reputation in America.”
Support for Israel, Goldberg writes, would become a “partisan issue” and may be weakened to the point of destruction: “Israel cannot thrive—and maybe it can’t survive—in a Middle East dominated by a nuclear Iran. But it will also have difficulty surviving without American support.”
Goldberg’s argument marks a new and creative strategy in an election where Romney is viewed as a significantly more pro-Israel candidate than President Obama: Warn that a Romney administration would set in motion a chain of events that would doom the Jewish State.