Netanyahu Gave Obama ‘Book of Esther’: Prelude to Iran Attack?


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seems to wish to attack Iran:

CBS News 6 March 2012…
When the two spoke to reporters Monday, Netanyahu never mentioned diplomacy…Mr. Obama predicted there would be difficult months ahead.

The Israelis aren’t saying whether Netanyahu agreed to hold off on military action…Netanyahu gave Mr. Obama a copy of the biblical book of Esther, which tells of a Persian ruler in what is now Iran who ordered the execution of all the Jews in his kingdom — but the Jews prevailed in battle.

As he gave the gift, the prime minister is reported to have told the president, “Even back then, they wanted to wipe us out.” – ‎5 March 2012 p.m.
Netanyahu left no doubt about the seriousness of Monday’s talks. Looking directly at Obama, he reiterated Israel’s right to take unilateral military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities, which the Jewish state – estimated to have several hundred nuclear warheads of its own that it refuses to acknowledge officially – views as an existential threat.
Algemeiner Journal, Brooklin – March 5, 2012

Channel 2 in Israel, sourcing a “senior American official”, says that the decision has already been made by the Israeli government to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

All U.S. intelligence officials are confident the Israeli leadership has already decided to attack Iran, unless a significant change happens in the coming weeks or months with the Iranian nuclear program,” Channel 2 reports.

Fears Obama meeting will not prevent Israeli strike on Iran
Sydney Morning Herald – 7 March 2012 (In Australia, March 6, 2012 in USA)…

Mr Netanyahu ended the day with a speech to American Jewish leaders in which he said he wouldn’t let Israel live in the ”shadow of annihilation”.

The US fears a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would set off a regional war in the volatile Middle East.

Whether an attack is eminent or not remains to be seen.

Despite meeting with President Obama yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu and many in Israel simply do not trust the Obama Administration to act quickly enough and have Israel’s best interests at heart.

By giving US President Obama a copy of the Book of Esther, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is basically telling him that the Jews have attacked and destroyed their enemies just before they were to attack and annihilate the Jewish people:

1  Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them. 2 The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could withstand them, because fear of them fell upon all people. 3 And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king’s work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. 4 For Mordecai was great in the king’s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent. 5 Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them. (Esther 9:1-5)

People in Israel will start celebrating their destruction of their Persian/Iranian-related enemies in the Book of Esther tomorrow evening in a holiday called Purim (Esther 9:26-32, see also Purim: Israel vs. Iran).   This story is well known by the people in the land of Israel–and is something that many in Israel are wondering if it is about to have a modern fulfillment.

Israel simply does not feel that it can trust Iran, which makes sense as Iran’s leadership has repeatedly stated it wants to eliminate Israel.  Many in Israel also simply do not trust the Obama Administration to always be looking out for Israel’s best interests.

Notice a news item from today’s Jerusalem Post:

Aside from these rather uncooperative comments, under Obama the US has adopted policies and taken actions that have endangered Israel militarily on all fronts and in fundamental ways. With Obama at the helm the US not only stood back and allowed Hezbollah and Iran to take over Lebanon. The US has continued to supply the Hezbollah-controlled Lebanese military with sophisticated US arms.

Under Obama, the US intervened in Egypt’s internal politics to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and overthrow Hosni Mubarak. The transformation of Israel’s border with Egypt from a peaceful border to a hostile one is the direct consequence of the US-supported overthrow of Mubarak and the US-supported rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists. These are indisputable facts. Their military repercussions are enormous and entirely negative.

Then there is Syria. For more than six months, Obama effectively sided with Bashar Assad against his own people who rose up against him…

There have been reports that the US has warned Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia about the possibility that Assad’s ballistic missiles and chemical and biological arsenals may be transferred to terrorists. Such a prospect constitutes a clear and present danger to US national security – as well as Israel’s national security. Indeed, the threat of proliferation of WMD is so dangerous that the administration could be expected to take preemptive steps to destroy or commandeer those arsenals. Certainly it could be expected to support an Israeli operation to do so. But according to reports, Obama has sufficed with empty warnings to the Arabs – not Israel – that this could perhaps be a problem.

By failing to act against Assad, the Obama administration is effectively acting as the guardian of Iran’s most important regional ally. That is, far from enhancing Israel’s military posture, Obama’s behavior towards Syria is enhancing Iran’s military posture. He is acting in a manner one would expect Iran’s ally to behave, not in the manner that one would expect Israel’s ally to behave.

There are many reports of concerns in Israel.  The above information has likely not been lost on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.  However, there have been reports that the Obama Administration has tried to warn Israel that the cost to Israel for an attack will be larger than it seems to feel–and on this, I do agree with the Obama Administration.  But, since Prime Minister Netanyahu believes that Iran may actually try to wipe Israel off the map, he may have decided that almost no cost is too high to eliminate the Iranian threat.

Somehow, Iran (who is not the leader of the biblical King of the South in Daniel 11:40–but someone associated with the Muslim Brotherhood might be) will need to become less of a factor in the Islamic world and it may happen because Iranian leaders may miscalculate the strength of its adversaries, including economic sanctions and a possible major attack by Israel.

This does not mean that I believe that Israel (or the USA and its allies for that matter) will end up without potentially severe losses, only that Iran and allies like Syria may start to feel so desperate that they will conclude that military conflict with Israel is their best option–if so, this would be a mistake on those nations’ part.

It could be that if Syria and/or Iran transfer chemical or biological weapons to terrorist groups (or even “dirty bombs”) that actually use them against Israel, that Israel will use that as another justification to launch an attack.  If so, it may be that Iran and Syria will try to tell the world that Israel started the war, violated their sovereignty, and made up a false pretense to attack them.

The situation is tense in the Middle East and unless there are changes in Iran and Syria a war that greatly reduces the influence of the Shi’ite Iranians may well happen this year.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Purim: Israel vs. Iran The Book of Esther tells of a holiday called Purim that the Jews use as a celebration over parts of an ancient Persian empire. Some believe that it has modern parallels.
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood?  How might Barack Obama and Julia Gillard be involved in 2012?  Have predictions written by Bob Thiel related to Barack Obama and Julia Gillard began to come to pass?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2012 or 2013? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What is the “beginning of sorrows”? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people?
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Eight reasons why Barack Obama is apocalyptic and eight reasons why Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. This article includes many biblical and non-biblical prophecies, from around the world, that seem to discuss Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist? Might Barack Obama set the stage for the kings of the North and South as at least one Shiite prophecy suggests? This is the longest and most complete article on this page on Barack Obama prophecies. Read it and decide for yourself if President Obama seems to be fulfilling various prophecies.
Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States
Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied “son of Kenya”, based up an early 20th century writing.
Canada in Prophecy:
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Who is the King of the West? Why is there no End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy? Is the United States the King of the West? If so, what does that really mean for the USA and its Anglo allies.
Is Tony Blair Apocalyptic? The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom converted to Catholicism shortly after leaving his office and has been active in European affairs. What role might he play?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?

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