Will Obama Give Iran the Deal of the Century?

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


562885Israeli officials were described as “furious at the Obama administration” over what seemed to be an emerging nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries (the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany) and Iran.

One official was quoted saying that “the Americans capitulated to Iranian maneuvering…. Kerry wants a deal at all costs and the Iranians are leading the Americans by the nose.”

As for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, he was described as being “in shock.” That was evident enough in a statement Netanyahu released Friday morning after seeing off Secretary of State Kerry at the airport, in which Netanyahu dispensed with diplomatic bromides and said:

I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal—a very, very bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.

Kerry’s visit to Israel had already been a rough one, in which he first stigmatized Israeli communities as “illegitimate” and then, on Israeli TV Thursday night, as The Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren aptly put it, “appeared to come perilously close to empathizing with potential Palestinian aggression against Israel.” (Reactions by other Israeli commentators were titled “Kerry, give it a rest” and “Kerry: Stay home”.)

But the real stunner came on Friday when Jerusalem apparently got word of the deal that seemed to be taking shape in Geneva. It led to the canceling of a joint media appearance between Netanyahu and Kerry, and prompted, instead, a bitter exchange between them before Kerry headed off to the Swiss city.

The possible deal gravely worries Israel—and others with a realistic view of the situation—because it allows Iran to continue uranium enrichment (albeit at a lower level—now meaningless given Iran’s advanced centrifuges), continue the construction of its heavy-water reactor in Arak (aimed at producing plutonium bombs), while not requiring the dismantling of a single centrifuge.

At the same time, in “reward” essentially for nothing, the deal gives Iran sanctions relief far beyond what Israeli officials had been led to expect, reportedly including “the unfreezing of $3 billion of fuel funds, an easing of sanctions on the petrochemical and gold sectors, an easing of sanctions on replacement parts for planes and a loosening of restrictions on the Iranian car industry.”

With Chinese, Italian, German, and other companies champing at the bit to resume doing lucrative business with Iran, it’s believed such an opening will lead to the sanctions regime’s total collapse.

So Israel was relieved when it turned out the deal—for the time being—had fallen through on Saturday. But with the talks set to resume in nine days, trepidation remains high.

Israel’s ally in objecting to the putative deal has turned out to be France. That appeared to validate earlier reports that, among the Western powers, France was the most clear-eyed about the ayatollahs’ regime and the closest to Israel in its perceptions. France has long had tight ties with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and appears to have absorbed some of their realism—and fear—about a nuclear Iran.

Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, Netanyahu’s office issued a press release in which he stated:

Over the weekend I spoke with President Obama, with President Putin, with President Hollande, with Chancellor Merkel and with British Prime Minister Cameron. I told them that according to all the information reaching Israel, the impending deal is bad and dangerous.

It is not only dangerous to us; it is dangerous for them, too. It is dangerous for the peace of the world because in one fell swoop it lowers the pressure of the sanctions which took years to build, and conversely, Iran essentially preserves its nuclear uranium enrichment capabilities as well as the ability to advance on the plutonium enrichment path.

…I asked all the leaders what the rush is. And I suggested that they wait…. It is good that this was ultimately the choice that was made but I am not fooling myself—there is a strong desire to strike a deal….

Iran’s allegedly “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani, for his part, did not sound conciliatory on Sunday when he said Iran’s “red lines” included uranium enrichment and that “We will not answer to any threat, sanction, humiliation or discrimination.” But with Iran’s interlocutors—possibly with the exception of France—already apparently ready to fold on the enrichment issue, Rouhani’s words seemed aimed mainly at Israel.

For Israel, after so many avowals of President Obama’s determination to prevent Iran from going nuclear, the latest turn of events is alarming and disillusioning. Many believe that, as long as diplomatic activity between the P5+1 and Iran is going on, Israel is effectively screened out of taking military action. Netanyahu had that in mind when he also said on Friday: “Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and the security of its people.”

If the situation looks desperate and Israel takes that course, it will not be without (tacit) allies in the region.

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  • ShalomFreedman

    The Obama Administration is clearly being deceived by Iran, perhaps even willingly. The agreement with Iran will mean that Iran does not produce a bomb in the next six months or perhaps for the entire length of the Obama Administration. But Iran will retain the capability they already have , and when the time is right for them show the world that they do in fact have a bomb.
    What Israel demands is the depriving Iran of all capability to enrich Uranium. The U.S. says Iran has the right to enrich for civilian purposes despite Iran’s clearly not having the need for this. The Obama Administration is lying to itself and others, taking the easy way out.

    • Well Done

      0bama is NOT being deceived by Iran, he is purposely going along with what Iran wants for the greater good of Islam. Open your eyes, man. NONE of his admin are that dumb to be deceived by something almost anyone can see!

  • BigB

    If you thought Obama was over the public humiliation Bibi dealt him in 2011 in the Oval Office, think again. Obama is working with the Iranian on the one hand and the Israli opposition on the other to unseat Netayahu, whom he sees as the quintessential Jew to be subdued as per the Muslim tradition

  • pickwick

    Iran should learn from Israel, that already has the deal of the century. -

    No participation of any form in international nuclear agreements. Rejection of the IAEA and all non proliferation treatys. No international inspection or supervision of nuclear sites. Declareation of nuclear ambiguity.

    Going by Israels experience, such a policy is accepted by the international community, awarded with international silence and no hint of embargo or negative consequence.

    Truly – The deal of the century.

    • v

      The only difference, Israel does not have a declared intent to anihilate another country, which is constantly throw at Israel by Iran, and further Israel does not sponsor terrorists or terrorists organization, the opposite is true. Israel is the only country, and that includes the U.S. which takes on terrorists and wipes them out. History has taught Israel not to depend on anyone but itself, and that includes the U.S. As most western nations today are cowards and appeasers. Israel’s survival is at stake, Iran’s is not.

      • trickster trap

        Nuclear Israel threatens non nuclear Iran daily and has been doing so for decades.

        And yes, the USA does fight terrorists. But Israel fights only those who resist having their homes and land stolen or destroyed by Israel. A nobel cause known as armed resistance and fully covered by international law.

        • Drakken

          I don’t see you over in Gaza as part of the so called resistance, why is that? If you support and defend jihad, your an enemy of us westerners, there is no middle ground where this is concerned. Frankly I hope Israel quits effing around with those bloody savages and takes the whole damn thing, eff the arabs.

        • Well Done

          Lots of pro-Islam Israel bashers hereabouts. It’s obvious that the 0bama admin has directed people like trickster & pickwick to post stuff they don’t even know how stupid it makes them look.

        • benabo1machal

          Hey dummy,

          Them their Ayrabs originiated in Egypt & Arabia

          You have the
          misconception that Israel

          “Grabbed””
          the land of others.

          The fact is that the
          Palestinian’s are a ‘RECENT INVENTION, as attested to by Fahti Hammad of Hamas,
          who has many Video’s on the subject.

          Hamas Minister of the
          Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad Slams Egypt
          over Fuel Shortage in Gaza
          Strip, and Says:

          “ PALESTINIAN’S ARE “INVENTED
          PEOPLE”

          PALESTINE NEVER EXISTED

          Hamas Minister of the
          Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad Slams Egypt
          over Fuel Shortage in Gaza
          Strip, and Says:

          “Half of the
          Palestinians Are Egyptians and the Other Half Are Saudis”

          Al-Hekma
          TV (Egypt)
          - March 23, 2012 – 03:09

          HIS VIDEO IS ON YOUTUBE

          “FATHI HAMMAD”

          Hamas official reveals where Palestinians came from

          “Half of the Palestinians
          Are Egyptians and the Other Half Are Saudis”

          Al-Hekma
          TV (Egypt)
          - March 23, 2012 – 03:09

          —————————-

          Another of his Video’s brags about Hamas using their own people for
          Human Shields

          If you should want to dispute what Fathi Hammad has said, please take
          it up with him, since he said it

          Hamas trains future terrorists
          in Kindergarten, several Videos are also on Youtube, showing their Gradation Classes as
          Terrorist’s of the future

          .

      • glennd1

        Israel is talking about attacking Iran – Iran has never threatened to do so. Keep talking though…

        • Well Done

          wow, glenn, joining trickster & pickwick in the parade to look like an aszwhole? too fun.

        • Drakken

          Fell off the shortbus again didn’t you glen? Iran has numerous times said they were going to wipe Israel off the map, so who are we going to believe? You? Or our lying infidel eyes?

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  • http://alakhtal.wordpress.com/ Obaid Karki

    When Kerry talks everyone pokes. “Washington would defend its allies and would not undermine ties with Arab allies”. He’s bluffing as his boss. It’s a pity that Abdulla Bin Zayed ran outta options but to believe him. Though Rouhani ain’t my favorite lead-dancer but he’s more powerful than Kerry in this perspective. If Abdulla Bin Zayed bet on any wrong horse better off than John Kerry. It ain’t precedent but it’s a big screw-up. Why don’t Kerry pimp some mercenaries to kick out Iranian occupiers of Emirates Trio Isles.

    • defcon 4

      “Arab allies”, now that’s funny.

    • Hass

      Please, STFU old codger.

  • v

    Ironically the anti nuclear left is not heard from or seen anywhere. They and their commandant beloved leader wanted to disarm the U.S. of its nuclear arsenal yet allow a terrorist supporting government to advance with their nuclear anihilation ambitions. Where has the sanity in this country gone ?

    • Laurie Pettengill

      crickets!

      • BS77

        Iran repeatedly encourages mobs of lunatics to chant Death to America….Their nuclear weapons facilities should have been turned to smoking rubble years ago….but liberals refuse to see what is right in front of them….a horrendous threat……terrorists being given access to nuclear weapons by the mullahs in Iran. I feel sorry for the Iranian people who live under this hideous dictatorship… and sorry for the low information American sheeple who know nothing and don’t care.

        • defcon 4

          There was a travel documentary that went to Iran and had the balls and honesty to video tape a poster in a mosque that stated “Death to Israel.” I was amazed they showed this because I assumed the host of the show was a lieberal asshat.

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    We should give Iran the NUKE of the century!

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    We should have known this was coming. It was obvious from Obama’s second book. See http://clarespark.com/2009/09/11/oil-politics-and-obamas-view-of-israeli-history/. “Oil politics and Obama’s view of Israeli history.”

  • Shein Ariely

    President Obama should require congress approval before any deal with Islamsit Iran.

    Agreement with Islamist Iran has global geopolitical aspects>

    Remember the treat of a limited attack of some Syrian Chemicals arsenal that had only president red line prestige impact.

    Unlike Islamist Iran that is by ideology USA enemy Syria is only a Islamist Iran pappy.

    President Obama required house approval ahead of the strike.

  • Keith1941

    Americans need to understand that Obama has no interest in “protecting” Israel. His “friends” are in opposition to Israel. I’m amazed at how many Americans, including Jews, do not recognize Obama for what he is.

  • TopAssistant

    The first question we need to be asking our politicians, starting with our mayor,
    city/town council, county supervisors/commissioners, state/national House and
    Senate members representing us: “Is the Muslim Brotherhood in America (MB)
    (Ikhwan) our friend or foe? Please provide me with links to the source material
    that provides you with your view(s).”

    Next “Is Pres. Obama using the Muslim Brotherhood in America to
    form a global caliphate or are they using him to do so?” Third, “Does Obama
    want to become the next UN SecGen in order to form a global caliphate, a Ummah? If not, why did he sign UN Resolution 16/18 that places Shariah/Islamic law above our First Amendment and our right to criticize Shariah?

    To understand more about UN Resolution 16/18 and how it places Shariah/Islamic law above our First Amendment watch an excellent briefing on YouTube by former DOD/JCS Shariah/Islamic law expert Stephen Coughlin: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its Role in Enforcing Islamic Law.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    The worst thing GWB never did was to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities in November/December, 2008. He had to know that Obama would align himself with Israel’s enemies. It was the last opportunity to destroy them. An Israeli strike today would set back the program for several years, but at great cost to Israel.

    • http://www.FireKarlRove.com/ C. Edmund Wright

      Close..the worst thing GWB did was have his “new tone” communications strategy than refused to fight liberalism on ANY issue, including Iran, the Middle East over all, and this led to a path of gold paved for Obama’s election.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        I can agree with you, on this.

  • glennd1

    Hmm, all these thought the “settlements” are illegitimate too:
    Both Bush administrations
    Reagan Administration
    Clinton administration
    World Court
    United Nations Security council

    Gosh, is it a conspiracy? Or it is ipso facto obvious that the Israelis possess no license to build anything on Palestinian territory? It’s so obtuse to pretend the settlements are not an aggressive, immoral act on their own that when you folks do this, you identify yourself as ridiculous and morally questionable.

    Wake up, Zionists. You so bravely ‘changed the facts on the ground’ to your advantage, now you should accept the shame for doing so. Be proud to be thugs and thieves. That’s the moral implication of the settlements. Whether you like it or not.

    • defcon 4

      What about the Temple Mount Ahmed? What about Medina?

    • Well Done

      Douche.

    • Drakken

      Israel, quit screwing around with a sub human people that want you dead, wipem all out and let allah sortem out.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    “…..after so many avowals of President Obama’s determination to prevent Iran from going nuclear…..”

    Netanyahu must be keenly aware of what’s going on in the US and the many false promises Obama has made that he has no shame or regrets about breaking whatsoever. Promises for Obama are not moral obligations; they are political maneuvers justifiably discarded after his transformational goals are achieved.

    Obama and his cronies believe they are the smartest people on the planet, a clique above the law and intend to inflict their hubris on the rest of the world. Obama’s huge tilt towards the Muslim Brotherhood and now Iran is his misguided attempt to appease the Muslim world so as to calm their rage at what he believes is their only motivation for the Jihad he must recognize has been going on for decades. As long as he remains the POTUS, America is sitting on the knife edge of a global disaster that will go down in the history books as his legacy. Hopefully he won’t succeed in making it America’s demise as well.

    Israel, with a population of about 8 million people, will be left to defend themselves against the Muslim hordes of the Middle East while Obama and company, like much of the EU, will standby and be critical of their “irresponsible aggressive” nature, convinced that he and he alone, by the power of his personality, intellect and infinite wisdom will have finally solved the Palestinian debacle. Some not insignificant amount of time after the fact the opposite will be proven true.

    • Texas Patriot

      Eight million Israelis fully committed to survival is a formidable force, even against 20 to 1 odds, provided they are able to (a) fully develop their core competencies in high technology weapons systems and (b) fully develop their natural gas reserves and convert what is necessary to diesel fuel and jet fuel. With diesel fuel to run her tanks and jet fuel to fly her jets, coupled with a full complement of advanced surveillance and interdiction technologies to protect her people, Israel can not only survive, but she can expand her territories through the doctrine of defensive conquest. Unfortunately, at this point in time, that may be the only realistic path of survival open to her.

      • NAHALKIDES

        But Israel would be hard-pressed to win a conventional war against Iran. And should Iran succeed in dropping the bomb on Israel, it would pretty much all be over. You can see how tough a spot Israel is in, especially since Barry refuses to see Iran as the U.S. enemy it is.

        • defcon 4

          Maybe Israel should make a policy that a nuclear weapon detonated by any islamic state will be considered a nuclear weapon detonated by all islamic states and mete out justice accordingly.

          • Texas Patriot

            What if Israel does not have nuclear weapons? What if it’s all been a smokescreen to deter her enemies. Where would that leave Israel if Iran really does develop nuclear weapons? Is there any tangible evidence at all that Israel has nuclear weapons? If not, Israel now lives at the 11th hour of her existence. If she is betrayed by America, Israel will stand alone among hundreds of millions of Muslims who want her eliminated from the face of the earth.

            Even if you don’t buy in to the Zionist agenda, even if you think that it’s not a matter of religion, the sheer grit and courage of any people facing certain annihilation at the hands of bloodthirsty religious zealots who believe that killing Jews pleases God, is a great human story. Why is there any doubt about supporting Israel?

            It is probably time to start thinking about using nuclear weapons. But if Israel doesn’t have them, they need to be MADE IN USA.

          • benabo1machal

            As you may or may not recall, the first Nukes were developed by Jews

          • Texas Patriot

            B1M: “As you may or may not recall, the first Nukes were developed by Jews”

            That was a long time ago. Jews may indeed have worked out the theory of nuclear weaponry, but the actual challenges of contsructing a nuclear weapon were handled by The Manhattan Project, a huge industrial operation.

            There are probably many Jews today who know how to build a nuclear weapon. How to do it is no secret, and anyone can look it up in the published literature on the subject. Constructing one is something else, and that would require a rather elaborate and rather obvious industrial complex that is fairly difficult to conceal.

            Is there any evidence that Israel has undertaken such construction at any point in time? What actual evidence is there that Israel has nuclear weapons today? Sure there are rumors and suppositions, but what actual evidence is there, if any?

          • benabo1machal

            You and I can only guess, what Israel is doing for nukes neither us will ever know until we see the Mushroom Cloud
            One thing I do know for certain, in Israel we have Soud Zvai (Military Secrets) or let’s just call it “Loose Lips Sink Ships)

          • Texas Patriot

            I hope the Big Secret isn’t that you don’t have any nuclear weapons. If that’s what it is, I would agree that it’s probably best not to talk about it.

        • WhiteHunter

          That’s why Israel should drop a dozen or so of them on the ayatollahs first–and tell the America-hating afroislamic narcissist in the W.H., and his supercilious, sneering SecState, where to shove it. I love the look of a mushroom cloud over Tehran in the morning. It looks like victory.

        • benabo1machal

          The next war won’t be conventional
          The first to Nuke their enemy WINS BY DEFAULT

  • ricpic

    I find it unbelievable that Netanyahu or any high ranking Israeli government official harbors any illusions about Obama at this late date. It takes no genius, in fact it takes little in the way of imagination, to see that Obama’s entire foreign policy raison d’etre has been the attempt to surround Israel with Arab nations in the hands of the Muslim brotherhood/Al Qaeda. He almost succeeded in Egypt. He did succeed in Lybia. He walked the world to the edge of WW III to secure that outcome in Syria. Once again, I assume high ranking Israelis understand Obama is enemy #1. I simply can’t believe they don’t know this. They MUST plan accordingly.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    The only surprise to this reader is Netanyahu being surprised. He shouldn’t have been. It was sad to hear Kerry lie on TV. He said, “We are not stupid.” But then, perhaps, that was not an intentional lie. He might believe that. Israel needs to ignore the whole circus and simply do what has to be done on its own when the time is appropriate.

  • Well Done

    0bama is only the face man (a fugly one at that) for a back room organization that has been trying to destroy America for generations, probably dating well before WW2. His mom’s parents were hard core Marxist academics, his mother was an academic lefty idiot. Her preference for non-American, non-Christian men gives us some insight into her true beliefs about America. She finally converted to Islam and raised little Barry as a Moslem. What a bitch. Her ugly face belongs on any poster of Americans who have done the most damage to America.

  • benabo1machal

    Barak (CHAMBERLAIN) Obama will give Iran anything it wants to have
    “PEACE IN OUR TIME”

  • American1969

    What ever the Obama Administration tells them, Israel should expect them to do the opposite. That’s what this Administration does. They shouldn’t believe anything this Administration says.

  • Drakken

    So you openly side with the muslims? Good to know! God Bless the Crusades.

  • iluvisrael

    You’re at least half right – you sure are SICK.

  • iluvisrael

    You’re such a weak little sissy if we Jews have you so wrapped around our fingers. Enjoy the ride $hi+face!

  • NAHALKIDES

    There is no such thing as a peaceful Islam – Islam is militant, supremacist, and imperialistic. Our choices – and Israel’s – are either (1) submit, or (2) fight. The problem with you pacifists is that you’d rather submit than fight, which makes you absolutely useless in the real world, where there’s always somebody ready to take what you have.

  • Notalibfool

    If you are indeed a pacifist and a Christian why are you so hateful?

  • defcon 4

    So did you receive your doctorate in Physics yet? Hahahahahahahahahaha.

  • Drakken

    Then you are an open enemy of western civilization, soon to regret that decision.

  • benabo1machal

    Are you trying to tell us that the Arabs support peace?
    You must be out of your cotton picking mind!

  • defcon 4

    You’ve never said a cross word about muslimes slaughtering, kidnapping and raping Christians (or anyone of any other faith for that matter). It doesn’t take a super genius to figure out why either Abdullah.

  • American1969

    Well then, if you’re truly Christian, then you know that you are obligated to pray for and support Israel? That Israel is the land given to them by God?

  • DeShawn

    Laugh all you want, fool, the joke’s on you. I got another two years or so. You can call me Dr. DeShawn as you serve me fries at the local McDonalds.

  • glennd1

    Don’t give them the satisfaction. If you are truly interested in truth and aren’t a bigot, then you realize the only point commenting here is for the few rightwingers who were once like me, supporting Israel blindly. 9/11 changed all that for me and the more I learned, the more I was horrified by what the Zionists have done in Palestine.

    Anti-Islamist and anti-Zionist – the only moral position. I say let the people who live in the mideast work out their borders and govt without our interference. It certainly is no business of any American or the U.S. federal govt. If Israel disappeared tomorrow, most Americans would never even notice if they weren’t told.

  • iluvisrael

    I’m a non religious female you twisted pygmy.

  • Notalibfool

    After posting that you still claim to be a pacifist?

  • benabo1machal

    Stop talking, start doing There is a on going war in Syria,
    Volunteer to join any terror group of your choice .
    I will be glad to donate the body bag for your crappy remains

  • Well Done

    LOL DeShawn you’re not long for this forum, fool. Keep the hate and stupidity coming, though. You, glenn, trickster & pickwick are on parade. Too fun.

  • Drakken

    Well come on kaffir, go join those poor oppressed palis, I dare you.

  • Notalibfool

    I got nothing, huh? Still more than what you have, ignorant bigot.

    Just out of curiosity, if your Hitlerian fantasy were to come true and there were no Jews left anywhere in the world, who would you blame then?

  • benabo1machal

    Don ‘t be such a dummy, try reading al Jazeera, In English

  • Drakken

    Your lucky that I am not in charge of the pali problem, for there wouldn’t be a pali problem after I am done. Happy effin nakba haji lover.

  • Drakken

    Obviously our schools have lowered the standards where affirmative action is concerned. This kaffir is so pacifistic that he would give the rope to the haji’s to hang him with, oh well, Darwin does love a winner.

  • iluvisrael

    that’s where lowlife welfare scum like you go for fine dining – do they take your obama foodstamps?

  • defcon 4

    Good ole’ Islamabad U, where the men are men, and the goats are nervous.

  • Drakken

    Well your going to have to pardon us if we see you off to your fate with a salute, a smile and a hearty good riddance.

  • iluvisrael

    and you got a dose of syphilis from yo momma

  • benabo1machal

    Are you really that dimwitted that you fail to hear the Arab demand for the destruction of Israel that’s heard on a virtual daily bases

  • defcon 4

    Oh SoA, go work for your Saudi masters in Riyadh, see if they don’t treat you as an abd.

  • defcon 4

    Have you considered consulting a mental health professional? They do have successful treatment for delusional thoughts, although maybe not for islamic delusional thoughts.