The attention of Jews throughout the world is once again focused on Gaza, which has served as a battleground between the Jewish people and residents of that area going back to the days of Tanach.
After several years of relative quiet, the Gaza terrorists were emboldened by recent uprisings in the region to launch a rain of terror in the form of ever deadlier and longer range rockets. Over the past two weeks, they have been falling by the hundreds on the cities of southern Israel, and now have reached as far as Tel Aviv and the outskirts of Yerushalayim.
This presidential election, more than most, has been the political equivalent of a war. Aside from the day to day charges and counter-charges which dominate the headlines, both sides, from the outset, have followed carefully thought out strategies based upon the fundamental realities and challenges which they faced. President Obama has sought to shift the fundamental nature of most presidential re-election bids, the fact that they are generally a voter referendum on the incumbent’s first term record.
Now that the Republican nomination battle has been settled, there is a new focus in the media on the latest polls comparing Mitt Romney head-to-head against President Obama. Most of the reporting has emphasized the fact that in those matchups, Obama has moved into a very narrow lead, even while his job approval ratings have risen to touch the 50% mark for the first time in several months.
Democrat analysts take these polls as positive signs for Obama and the Democrats in the November general election, but conservative analysts suggest that these numbers are now likely to start turning around, especially if the Romney campaign can pivot and deliver a much more positive message about their candidate and his vision for the future of this country.
As Iran remains defiant about pursuing its rogue nuclear weapons program, it is becoming increasingly likely that Israel will soon decide that it has no choice but to try to destroy this arch-enemy by launching a pre-emptive strike. It is no longer a question of if, but rather one of exactly how and when that attack will take place.
Iran’s leadership is in denial. It is determined to press on with the program at any cost. But an unspoken consensus may be forming in the rest of the world that it will not be takenin again by Iran’s bluster and bluff.