An Emphatic “Enough Is Enough” — to Netanyahu from the United States and Muslim Countries

Hossein Askari
2 min readFeb 11, 2024

There are nearly 30,000 civilians, mainly women and children, already slaughtered in Gaza. The impending Israeli assault on Rafah could result in the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands more. There is no time to waste. The world must act now.

President Biden’s ‘tough messages’ to Netanyahu have been empty. They are duplicitous and have no backing. He demands targeted attacks but then gives Israel 100 more 2,000 pound bombs that are designed do the opposite!

If he was to say no more support — military hardware, financial aid and political backing — unless Netanyahu stops the carnage and agrees to a viable Palestinian state now, then he would get results.

Let’s face it. The people of Israel would also quickly become so scared as to demand an end to the carnage. Israel could not survive without American support and with numerous Muslim countries that have become better equipped (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Egypt and Iran) surrounding it.

If Biden does not deliver a credible tough public message, then majority-Muslim countries (49 countries and with Muslims representing nearly 25% of the global population) should deliver an immediate message to the United States. If you cannot see your way to ending this carnage that has now become a genocide, we will:

1. Recall our ambassadors from Washington and suspend diplomatic relations.

2. Expel all U.S. military personnel from your bases in our territories.

3. Institute primary and secondary economic sanctions on the United States and on Israel.

If Biden displayed backbone he would be more respected by a majority of Americans. Yes, the democrats would face a backlash from the powerful Jewish lobby (AIPAC) but the Jewish lobby would have no choice but to fall in line. The United States would be seen in a better light around the world.

And if Biden refused to deliver the tough message, then the proposed measures of Muslim countries would compel him to relent. Already there is a growing global backlash against Israel and the United States and a tough stand by Muslims would give them a moral victory over the West and relieve internal pressures that are building up in a number of Arab countries.

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Hossein Askari

MIT engineer-economist. Prof: Tufts, UT-Austin, GW. IMF Board. Mediator: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait. Writes on: Econ-Finance, Oil, Sanctions, Mid-East, Islam.