Pretty bleak. But Bayou Renaissance Man posts the intriguing idea that this could be the lead-in to the Biblical Armageddon.
Israel now finds itself in the extraordinarily dangerous position of having avowed enemies, both political and (fundamentalist) religious, far to the East (Iran); to its north-east (Syria); north (Lebanon); south-west (Gaza); and possibly to the south (Egypt) if the Muslim Brotherhood or its allies take control there. Furthermore, to the east is an unstable, unpredictable and politically (if not militarily) hostile Palestinian government in the West Bank.Israel is a nuclear power. Iran probably isn't at this point, but it's not completely absurd to think that Iran could have bought a couple of nukes from the North Koreans, just for "special occasions". Imagine Israel, isolated and alone, surrounded on all sides by nations that want it destroyed. Burning bright in Israeli memory is the holocaust, and that this must never happen again. That to die fighting is better than being carted to the chambers again. That the determined small group in the Warsaw ghetto held off the Nazis longer than the nation of Poland did.
The Israeli papers are not mincing words:
One comment by Aviad Pohoryles in the daily Maariv was entitled “A Bullet in the Back from Uncle Sam.” It accused Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of pursuing a naive, smug, and insular diplomacy heedless of the risks.and further down the article,
“Throughout Asia, Africa and South America, leaders are now looking at what is going on between Washington and Cairo. Everyone grasps the message: “America’s word is worthless … America has lost it.” (emphasis added)Now imagine Israel alone, fighting on every front including internal bombings from Gaza and the West Bank, outnumbered by at least 10:1. No help from the toothless US. The Chinese are happy to see the parasites over their (bought and paid for) oil possessions eliminated and the Russians happy to see the Iranian instigators behind the Chechen rebels being killed off. Neither feels too inclined to help. Is it hard to imagine Israel would defend itself with everything it has?
Time is running out.