The Iranian government- currently in friendly negotiations with President Obama to reduce sanctions against the terrorist state and speed development of their nuclear program- has called for the murder of the children of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”
This is all in response to last week's Israeli air strikes that took out several high ranking members of the terrorist group Hezbollah, as well as an Iranian hard-line military commander. Iran is clearly attempting to intimidate Israel from backing down in its anti-terror and self-defense efforts.
Traditionally, targeting heads of state and their families has been forbidden even in times of war. That a terrorist nation such as Iran crosses one of the few remaining lines of decency is beyond troubling. That President Obama continues to curry favor with the Iranian hardliners, even to the point of weakening relations with Israel, is downright frightening.
Behnam Ben Taleblu, an Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), said that while extreme, this type of tactic is common for Iran
"Mashregh News has chosen to explicitly demonstrate that deterrent power in a sickening retaliatory fashion, weighing the perceived benefits of some of the assassinations from the perspective of the 'resistance,'" Taleblu said.
"In a not-so-subtle manner, the article attempts to force a linkage between the reported 'mandatory military service' of the children and becoming a target," he said. "The question now becomes, will Hezbollah or Iran choose to escalate from this appalling form of psychological warfare?"
The whole world will be watching to see how Israel and the United States respond. Netanyahu's history suggests he will respond with force and resolve. Meanwhile, Obama continues to resist punishing Iran.