So when Obama goes to Israel, my hope is that he will read these facts of history and recognize that the best path to peace is to reassure the Israeli people, who live with an existential threat of destruction by their immediate neighbors in a nation roughly the size of New Jersey, that America stands with them and their right to exist as a Jewish state.
Most importantly, he must declare without ambiguity that America will support Israel’s position that we cannot allow Iran — a country publicly committed to Israel’s destruction — to develop a nuclear bomb.
History teaches us that when Israel knows that America stands with them and its president has a personal bond and relationship with Israel’s prime minister, the chances of peace in the Middle East are enhanced. And just as important, the rejectionists, the fundamentalist Islamic extremists and terrorists and the Iranians — all dedicated to the destruction of Israel — will know that their way is a pathway to their own destruction, with the world of civilized humanity arrayed against them, led by the United States.
Lanny Davis, a Washington attorney and principal in the firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, specializing in legal crisis management and dispute resolution, served as President Clinton’s special counsel from 1996-98 and as a member of President Bush’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from 2006-07. He currently serves as special counsel to Dilworth Paxson and is the author of the forthcoming book, Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping With Crises in Business, Politics, and Life, to be published by Simon & Schuster in March.