Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, issued a grim warning to the world this week when he highlighted how little time is left to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program. He wrote: "Nearly two decades ago, Israel started alerting the world about Iran's nuclear program. But the world ignored our warnings, wasting 10 years until the secret nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz was exposed in 2002. Then eight more invaluable years were lost before much of the international community imposed serious sanctions on Iran."
Oren went on to sound the alarm yet again. Time is running out because Iran has greatly increased its nuclear work. Israel fears that Iran will soon enter a "zone of immunity" where conventional military action would be unable to halt its evil work. The impact of a war between Israel and Iran would be terrible for the Jewish people...but the alternative is even worse.
As Oren wrote, the Iranians have sponsored deadly terrorist attacks for years--and with a nuclear capacity, they would do ever worse. They must be stopped. I have dedicated myself to sounding the alarm because the world is doing its best to ignore this urgent truth. Too many of my family members perished in the Holocaust for me to ignore those who threaten to bring about a new one.
Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, ozier Yisrael bigvurah.
Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the universe, who girds Israel with might.