In what appears to be an attempt to soften the terribly frightening developing enmity between the state of Israel and the United States over the latter’s insistence on going forward with the badly flawed “Iran deal,” a recent Associated Press article seriously downplays the danger posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Jewish state and the rest of the world.
Datelined Jerusalem, the story first says that while it might look like the entire country “are solidly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu'’… all-out diplomatic war against the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran,” a closer look proves otherwise.
I must say here that the fact that it even appears that nearly everyone in Israel – from all parts of the political spectrum – strongly opposes this deal, is telling. It is the first time to my knowledge that nearly all Israelis – from Netanyahu to Tsipi Livni – have agreed on anything since the state’s founding. And second, the threat posed by getting this thing with Iran wrong has the potential to create the kind of international upheaval World War II did, explaining why nearly everybody in Israel is paying attention to it.
That some people in Israel are concerned over the relationship between the once-indivisible allies is understandable. But the article suggests that these people believe that somehow Netanyahu is responsible for the rift, when, clearly, the foolhardy total capitulation of the U.S. in the face of immensely superior Iranian negotiating prowess is the cause. Or, more precisely, it’s the latest and most drastic of the Obama Administration’s long list of indignities directed against Israel and its leadership since assuming office.
Until now, most of the slights suffered by Israel, mostly in the person of its Prime Minister, at the hands of its most important ally, have been more personal, nasty and annoying, with the notable exception early on of Obama’s backpedaling his insistence that Jerusalem remain the undivided capitol of Israel forever (June, 2008) and his proclamation that Israel should retreat to its indefensible pre-1967 borders (May, 2011).
These betrayals are what started the spiral that has brought us to where we are now.
The story notes, basically in passing, that “most Israelis seem to agree that a better bargain could have been squeezed out of the Islamic Republic,” which it describes as “their country’s top nemesis,” as though it were Boris Badenov or Goldfinger, or something, and not the most prolific state sponsor worldwide terrorism with a obsessive desire rivaling Hitler’s to murder all the world’s Jews.
“They don’t like Iran’s ability to delay inspections in some locations; the speed with which sanctions will come off; or the prospect that Iran will soon have tens of billions of dollars in unfrozen funds, greatly enhancing its ability to foment regional mischief and unrest,” the story says.
Regional mischief and unrest?
Iran is widely believed to be behind too many deadly attacks in too many countries over the years to innumerate, often using proxies like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.
Its women are prisoners, with virtually no rights, homosexuals are routinely tortured and killed, and the streets of Tehran are littered with the ashen remnants of U.S. and Israeli flags and leaders burned in effigy. The populace and the leaders there never seem to tire of threatening to kill Jews and Americans where ever they can be found, and it seems to me one must be patently stupid not to take such threats from a nation with Iran’s track record, seriously.
A fraternity panty raid is mischief. A demonstration or protest is unrest. What Iran is fomenting is not on the same planet with mischief and unrest.
The A.P. article says there are some in Israel ready to “give up the fight and adjust to the new reality,” now that the Iran deal is “all but wrapped up,” and try to repair the “tattered relationship with the White House.”
It seems to me that if this “deal” is as bad as it seems to be, the nature of Israel’s relationship with the While House will pale to insignificance in the face of a nuclear strike against her by Iran. How can anyone be expected to adjust to such a new reality?
“Some voices even believe the deal is acceptable, or at least that it is worth testing the theory that the agreement will help moderate Iran,” the story says.
Really? What happens if the theory is tested and proven wrong?
And, in my opinion, the whole “deal” idea is mute anyway, because it assumes Iran won’t cheat, and I have noticed nothing in that country’s history that would logically lead anyone to believe that.
The story says that “in the unlikely event” that Netanyahu’s “furious” fighting to save his country and the lives of its people from a nuclear-armed homicidal rogue state with its sites set on Israel and world Jewry, prevails “other nations would still remove the sanctions, leaving the U.S. and Israel alone. Iran, freed of the shackles of the deal, would be free to proceed to a nuclear weapon.”
This is likely true, but only because we have foisted on the world this terrible deal, and wouldn’t be the case otherwise.
“If Netanyahu loses, he will have gained nothing and potentially lost much by damaging the already strained relationship with the U.S., endangering a vital security alliance and American diplomatic cover at the United Nations,” the story says.
It is worth noting, I think, that the relationship is “already strained,” as noted earlier, because the U.S. President wants it so.
The story goes on to say, “Israel’s status would then be dangerously diminished in the eyes of the world and of enemies in the region.””
No, it wouldn’t.
The nations/peoples who love Israel/Jews have and will and those that don’t haven’t and won’t. The only switch-over seems to be that of the U.S.
This is why, it seems to me, the suggestion, the story says some Israeli commentators are making “that it’s time to move on and begin work on a new security pact with the U.S.,” is an unrealistic fantasy. It assumes the U.S. is Israel’s ally, and I don’t think we can make that assumption, any more.
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