William F. B. O'Reilly is a Republican consultant.
The Drudge Report headline rippled across BlackBerrys in the Howard Beach ballroom shortly before midnight on Sept. 14, 2010.
It read, bolded and underlined, "Revenge of the Jews," setting off an impossible-to-forget scene of spontaneous jubilation. An orthodox rabbi leaped into my arms upon reading the words, like a running back into an end zone crowd, sending us both to the ground in a heap of giggles.
Queens businessman Bob Turner had done the impossible. He had won a congressional seat last occupied by a Republican in 1922, as a referendum, in part, on President Barack Obama's dismissiveness toward Israel. Revenge of the Jews, indeed.
Turner was prescient in his victory remarks. Between two flags, one American and one Israeli, the former television executive proclaimed, "This message will resound for a full year." And it did. That night marked a distinct thawing in the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Victories are fleeting, though, and history marches on. Three years later and, safely re-elected, that same president has forsaken the Jews by placing Israel in an international box.
It took years to assemble a coalition willing to impose sanctions with teeth on Iran. Yet with the stroke of a pen, Obama and other world leaders partly released the pressure on that belligerent nation hellbent on achieving nuclear armaments. Few believe Iran will actually pause its nuclear programs for six months, as mandated under the agreement, especially the Israelis and Saudis, who have been discussing a joint military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
Iran's nuclear ambitions have always been a race against the clock. While the world fidgeted, it spun denials and centrifuges. The mullahs know that once they get a nuclear weapon, the balance of power in the Middle East will shift in their favor.
If Israel and Saudi Arabia strike now, they will be international outlaws. If they wait the six months, it may be too late. Sept. 14, 2010 seems a lifetime ago.
William F. B. O'Reilly is a columnist and a Republican political consultant.