The Republican candidates, except for Ron Paul, have already used this tense situation for political gain. With this new development, it might soon be argued that Obama puts re-election as a higher priority than peace in the Middle East, as if such a claim would not itself be a political ploy, adding fuel to the fire. There seems to be some disagreement regarding whether Obama actually initiated the arms offer in his recent meeting with Netanyahu or whether the latter requested such weapons and Obama complied based on the condition that Israel not attack Iran until 2013. Regardless, 58% of the Israeli people polled are opposed to an immediate attack on Iran, and it seems so is Shimon Peres. However, it is Netanyahu who is calling the shots, and he seems to be more in sync with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich that waiting too long is not in Israel’s best interest, or that of the US. Is there no way we can at least be more certain Iran is actually on the path toward developing nuclear weapons before the US engages in yet another war? I’ve stated on another thread that I staunchly support Israel and recognize the threat posed by Iran with respect to Israel’s survival and the security risks wielded by Hamas and Hezbollah. That threat extends to the US as well, even if not immanently. However, as Obama addressed in his news conference, we must also not rush into a war which may not be in our best national interest. We must understand what our mission is and how we can accomplish it. Even though Israel is our ally, Obama’s most pressing job is to ensure the safety of the US.