American Jewish Groups Dropped Ball on the Iran Deal


131105175019-parsi-iran-talks-sitting-at-table-story-topWhen I visited Israel in the summer of 2012 and the American Presidential campaign was in full swing, my group met with an anonymous source who told us that the highest levels of the Netanyahu government, possibly including the Prime Minister himself, considered an Obama victory to be “a nightmarish scenario” for the Jewish State. Now, that nightmare has become a reality.

The P5 + 1 reached an interim agreement last week with the Iranian government, whose leader Khameini recently said, “Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them…the Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation.” This deal will not dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and will only slow down its race to the bomb by a couple months, according to most estimates, as the Mullah’s will maintain their capability to enrich uranium. In return, the Iranians are getting major sanctions relief in the form of at least $13 billion now available to them. The tough sanctions regime, which took decades of tough diplomacy to build up, will now be shattered.

The Mullah’s in Iran are rejoicing. Iranian President Rouhani has proclaimed: “The results of these talks is that the 5+1…have officially recognized Iran’s nuclear rights… the right to enrich [uranium] on Iranian soil is the right of the Iranian nation, and everyone can interpret it as they wish… The text states explicitly that Iran will continue to enrich [uranium], and for this reason I say to the Iranian nation that the uranium enrichment activity in Iran will continue as in the past… In this six-month agreement, our [uranium enrichment] facilities at Natanz, Fordo, the Arak [plutonium reactor], [the uranium conversion facility at] Isfahan, and Bandar Abbas [i.e. the Bushehr reactor] will continue their activity.” Supreme Leader Khameini added, “The absolute achievements of this initial agreement are official recognition of Iran’s nuclear rights, and preservation of the nuclear achievements of the sons of this nation.” It has just come to light that Iran is planning to construct a second nuclear reactor in the province of Bushehr.

Former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton calls this deal an “abject surrender” for the United States. Wall Street Journal writer Bret Stephens calls it, “Worse Than Munich.” Prime Minister Netanyahu calls it “an historic mistake…this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place.” Naftali Bennett, Chairman of the Jewish Home Party in Israel warns, “If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal signed this morning.” Even Israeli left-leaning Tzipi Livni said, “This is a terrible deal that will threaten not only us [Israel], but the entire world.” At ZOA, we believe this deal is our eras “Munich” and Obama and Kerry the new “Chamberlain.”

It is important to note that an Iranian nuclear weapon is not just a threat to Israel, but to the United States and the rest of the world. U.S. intelligence states Iran will have ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) that can reach our homeland by 2015. Furthermore, Iran already has operational missile sites in Venezuela, virtually in the United State’s backyard.

For those of us who are politically sober and realistic, we saw this day coming, the capitulation of America to Iran. The Obama administration has proven time and again that it is not serious about preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. As ZOA National President Mortot Klein stated: “President Obama has not laid down any red lines beyond which the U.S. will not permit Iran to advance in its quest for nuclear weapons. This open-ended policy suggests that there is in fact no point at which President Obama would act militarily to stop Iran developing a weapon. Such suspicions can only be compounded by President Obama’s recent failure to act militarily on a red line that he actually did lay down, that is, the use of chemical or biological weapons by Syria against its own people.”

There are many Jewish and pro-Israel groups who are expressing dismay at the Iranian nuclear deal, but frankly, they are a little late to the party. The ZOA has been warning about this administration’s weakness for years.

Where were the myriad Jewish and pro-Israel organizations when the President chose notorious Israel hater and proponent of containing Iran, Chuck Hagel, to be Secretary of Defense? After all, Hagel’s selection, and subsequent confirmation by the Senate, and the Jewish communities general apathy, laid the groundwork for America’s appeasement of the Mullahs in Iran last week. The overwhelming silence of the Jewish community at the Hagel pick gave tacit approval to his anti-Israel, pro-containment views on Iran, which gave the administration an opening to pursue the disastrous deal reached last week.

Secretary of State John Kerry still maintains that there is “no daylight” between the United States and Israel. Who is he kidding?

In light of last week’s news, American Jews should ask themselves if the Jewish and pro-Israel groups they belong to are truly serving their interests.

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  • antioli

    Every one should ask whether the leaders of their own groups are acting in their groups interest. This goes especially for the leaders of the Main Line Christians,
    Even more especially for the Moderate leaders of the Republicans.

  • ApolloSpeaks

    WILL OBAMA MEET WITH KHAMENEI IN TEHRAN FOR HIS SUPREME MUNICH MOMENT?
    For the answer click http://www.apollospeaks.com

    • EarlyBird

      Let’s hope so.

      • defcon 4

        Shouldn’t you be communing w/the 12th imam down in that well?

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    American Jewish groups actually dropped the ball when they elected Obama. The sad thing is despite everything he is and has done and is continuing to do, they still support the slug.

    • Marc

      You are exactly right. It was very clear even in 2008 to those who have a brain between our ears and aren’t sheep. All you had to do was read either of his biographies (he had 2 by the age of 45!) to know what was in store. This wasn’t brain surgery folks.

      • EarlyBird

        Golly, Marc! And what sinister deeds to destroy Israel is Obama up to, again? Oh right, he’s a Marxist-Al Queda, Kenyan born Manchurian candidate who wants to turn the world into a communist-Sharia prison.

        • Drakken

          Well since your dumbazz voted for him twice and you bow down to this bloody disaster, I am not surprised you take the Chamberlain approach. You just gave the mullahs the green light to go for the bomb and useful leftards like you cheer it. I’ll bet you that you think ole Soro’s is a great American too don’t you?

          • EarlyBird

            Whatever, weirdo. Go jump on a grenade.

          • defcon 4

            Why aren’t you martyring yourself for allah? Allah doesn’t like cowards who don’t want to die in the way of jihad.

        • ziggy zoggy

          Girly,

          Obama is helping Iran go nuclear with ICBMs. That was his goal all along.

  • Bobby Pataki

    The term “Jewish-American” is an Oxymoron.

    Jews are only loyal to Israel and all Jews who live in America are a Fifth Column.

    • One who knows

      A Fifth column? Are you scared that Israel will conquer America?
      Why don’t you take a trip over to Israel and let us know what you see? At least then you will sound educated and know what you’re talking about. Now, you just sound like an ignorant Jew Hater. Wise up, the danger to America is from radical Islam.

      • EarlyBird

        Short of a Nightmare Scenario of an Isamist nuke going off in Manhattan or something, in regard to radical Islam the biggest danger is being so frightened that we up-end our entire democracy, and of lumping all Muslims in with them and warring with them as a whole, thereby allowing the radicals to co-opt the entire religion and genuinely turn this thing into the grand clash of civilizations they so desperately want.

        • Drakken

          Your hero Obummer is doing all that and more to destroy our country, and here you go cheering for it. Psst shortbus, islam is the enemy of us in the west period. Or didn’t you get the memo?

        • A Z

          Why don’t you visit Venezuela with Sean Penn or some other “Red Diaper Doper Baby”.

        • A Z

          “Where we can leave them alone (Syria, for instance) the better to leave them alone, and the ones we need to kill, kill.”

          Easy for you to say. You did not have your _ss on the line because of Iranian supplied IEDs and other lethal aid to insurgents in Iraq.

          • EarlyBird

            Oh, so we need to go to war in Syria? Maybe you didn’t get your latest right wing talking points right, honey: Obama WANTED to go to war in Syria and everyone – even the right wing – was against that.

          • A Z

            “Oh, and listen you ridiculous little s**t:”

            “Maybe you didn’t get your latest right wing talking points right, honey”

            Obviously you don’t read my comments often enough honey. I was initially for going into Syria back in 2011 and early 2012.

            I have not been since because I figure that Christians and other minorities are safer under Assad.

            Also Obama only wants to see is Muslim Brotherhood buddies in charge.

            So know I have not been for intervention in Syria for 12 to 18 months.

            Please try to keep up.

          • EarlyBird

            You were stupid to have wanted to go into Syria at ANY time. To achieve WHAT?! To show we’re not “cowards”? Are we in high school?

            To take out his WMD, the ones that Bush told us were in Iraq, but now we’re told they were sent to Assad before the invasion? The WMD which, as I write this, are being transferred to a ship to be destroyed without a single shot being fired by the US?

            If you were in Iraq, you’d know better than anybody how absurdly counter-productive to American strength and security these pointless wars over there are.

            Read history for God’s sake. Great nations die by a million tiny cuts, often self imposed, by over-extending themselves. We don’t need to – and can’t – fight every battle. Not every rotten despot is an insult to American greatness which needs to be vanquished. Genuine conservatism is based on prudence and trying to avoid big expenditures of treasure and blood.

          • A Z

            To take out his WMD, the ones that Bush told us were in Iraq, but now we’re told they were sent to Assad before the invasion?

            Both Assad and Sadam’s regime were Baathist regimes. They were both minority Arab Muslim sects in their countries. they had reason to work together.

            There were 2 reasons to go into Syria. We owed them from the 1980s and the Iraq War. And the Iraqi WMDs were there.

          • EarlyBird

            Oh, and listen you ridiculous little s**t: Don’t you pull the “I am a veteran and so I know better than you.” Know. You. Don’t. The fight in Iraq was the most counter-productive event for American foreign policy in modern history, a massive self-inflicted wound. Bush’s idea to “nation build” in Afghanistan is almost as bad. Our soldiers wouldn’t have been in harm’s way in Iraq if he hadn’ blundered into it there.

    • jeffreyafriedberg

      Wrong Bobby Pataki, they are NOT loyal to Israel at all; they are ONLY loyal to their new religion of Liberalism. Israel was out the door a long time ago for “these people.”

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      magyar disznó.

      • Bobby Pataki

        I know “Jew” are but what am I?

        Stupid Kikes are the real pests and pigs.

        • iluvisrael

          another Jew envying troll – keep stewing in your jealousy!

  • John

    In light of last week’s nes, I would like to ask were was ZOA? where were all the other Jewish organizaions? and pro-Zionist Christian organizations?

    Where were they? and what are they doing now? Asking Obama to please, please be nice to Israel? Duh.

    • EarlyBird

      John, I think American Jews, like most Americans, including most conservatives, are starting to ask what is in it for America to be constantly antagonizing other nations who do not threaten us. They’re starting to ask why Israel is so desperate to get us into another war, and if we could afford it even if we “won.”
      We’re in a whole new ballgame, John, a post-post WWII attempt by Americans to get back to the truly conservative foreign policy which our Founding Fathers wanted for our nation.
      It’s been a long time coming and took Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I and II, Afghanistan, foreign economic competition and the catastrophe which was neconservatism to get us here. We no longer need to be the world’s policeman, we don’t want to be the world’s policeman, and couldn’t afford it even if we did. It’s not the ’50s anymore, John. Sorry about that.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Girly,

        Iran and your mullahs threaten America and every other country. Your neoconservative jibe is five years out of date, not that it was ever accurate in any way.

        • EarlyBird

          No, they don’t “threat America and every other country,” even if the neocons have convinced you of that.

      • A Z

        You are cowardly.

        • defcon 4

          It would appear that way, but he’s really pushing an agenda, an islam0fascist agenda.

          • A Z

            He has been away for 3 or 4 months or more. I wonder why he came back. He was obnoxious back then also.

            Once upon a time Lazarus Long was unjustly imprisoned and sold into slavery when he made planet fall as a merchant trader. He spaced the person that enslaved him at a later date after “accepting” the local customs. I took that story to heart.

        • EarlyBird

          You’re frightened, stupid, ignorant, xenophobic little man.

  • jeffreyafriedberg

    Speaking as a a 70 year old, no-longer-practicng Jew (the day after my bar mitzfah), what I have seen happen is this: liberal and “regular” Jews abandoned their religion long ago and substituted socialist statism, as they always do, once again clearing the way for their own regularly scheduled extermination.

  • EarlyBird

    This is a lie:

    “This deal will not dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and will only slow down its race to the bomb by a couple months, according to most estimates, as the Mullah’s will maintain their capability to enrich uranium.”
    The deal requires them to limit any uranium enrichment to non-weapons grade level of 5%, dilutes to 5% or destroys any existing 20% enriched uranium, dismantles any “next generation” centrifuges which are optimal for the 20%+ enrichment, ends any ability make any future next gen centrifuges, and allows inspections and verification of all sites.

    But of course the Sammy Levines of the world aren’t interested in truth, but further whipping up the already radicalized Zionists and Israel Firsters who would consider Obama’s administration a “nightmarish scenario” for Israel.

    Why are Sammy Levine and Bibi Baby so hysterical? Because this deal, if by a long shot it really works out, could be the first step in very long road towards normalizing the world’s relationship with Iran and ending the 30+ year cold war the US has had with it. Israel needs the Constant Existential Threat to manipulate the US Congress and aforementioned Israel Firsters, so that it can remain the undisputable regional hegemon which it is.

    • Drakken

      How many times does it need to be said that you are completely wrong? If you think that this is going to “work out” ? Your going to be horrifically disappointed. This agreement only ends one way, war period.

    • A Z

      “and allows inspections and verification of all sites.”

      Which will not happen. Kerry has a track record with letting the Russians cheating on missile treaties and wanting to keep it quiet.

      And here you are backing Kerry. So what are we suppose to think of you?

  • http://historyscoper.com/ T.L. Winslow

    The talk is just hot air while Iran’s Jew-killer centrifuges keep whirring. It’s up to Israel to use fire to fight fire by nuking Iran’s nuclear facilities after announcing a Zero Tolerance for Centrifuges Policy. That’s totally sane, and nobody needs to teach them how. GO ISRAEL.
    tinyurl.com/islamwatchblog

    • EarlyBird

      To be clear, you’re hoping Israel actually NUKES, not just attacks, Iran’s nuclear sites?

      • defcon 4

        I’d rather see islam0fascist iranians die than more Jews DB.

        • EarlyBird

          And your terrified little world that’s the only two choices: nuclear annihilation of millions of Iranians, or nuclear annihilation of millions of Israelis (“Jews” as you refer to them).

    • A Z

      John Kerry is telling the absolute truth when he said “But I believe that from this day – for the next six months – Israel is in fact safer than it was yesterday”

      Israel will be safer for the next 6 months. But is will be infinitely less safe thereafter.

      ” because we now have a mechanism by which we are going to expand the amount of time in which they can break out.” – JFK

      Given Kerry’s and the Iranians past track record on past agreements we all know the Iranians are going to cheat and Kerry will make excuses for the cheating.

  • Yacob

    We knew the Jewish Democrats had dropped the ball, but what is worse is that groups like Unity Coalition, Americans for a Safe Israel, and all the so-called rebellious rabbis (the real pro-Zionist conservatives) they dropped the ball and Front Page dropped the ball. Obama’s foreign policy was not even on the radar by any of you, except when it came to Israel and not a word was heard about bombing Iran as a top priority, as an imminent threat to our Constitution. You only talk of it now after the deal as made.We need a totally new leadership, one that believes in America’s justice cause and her real purpose in the world.

  • aloysiusmiller

    The standard Jewish problem. The thrill of proximity to power blinds them to the risks around them. Rinse and repeat.

    • defcon 4

      What’s your solution? Or should I say what’s your Final Solution?

      • aloysiusmiller

        I don’t have a solution. They need to end their dangerous love affair with parties who hate them. They always think they will come out ahead and so they may but the cost will be horrific.

        • Notalibfool

          More paranoid antisemitic nonsense. Seriously, what are you compensating for?

          • aloysiusmiller

            Not at all. I like Israel more than most Jews. I think that Jews are a chosen people. But since the beginning Jews have desired both identity and power. You can’t think I am wrong. What other ethnicity has a written history and an influence that is so long and enduring? You can’t have both power and identity without huge risk especially given the size of the Jewish population. Jews are only safe as Jews if they behave like Mennonites–innocuous. Their other option is abandoning their identity. Or perhaps they could grow their population to be as big as India or China.

          • Sailsman

            You don’t think Jews are afflicted with Stockholm syndrome? And then you call an obviously factual and even philosemitic remark anti-Semitism? You are deluded.

          • aloysiusmiller

            Who are you talking to? I didn’t call anything anti-Semitic.

          • Sailsman

            Was responding to notalibfool.

          • aloysiusmiller

            I get it. You’re not replying to me.

  • iluvisrael

    All you Jew hating losers are the same – selective hatred for Jews and Israel – you hate the Jews until your dumb a$$ gets in trouble, or you’re sick – then you wail for a Jewish lawyer or doctor to get your sorry a$$ out of trouble!