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The P5+1 has struck a deal with Iran in which Tehran will partially curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

 November 24, 2013 for Israel is a day that will live in infamy.  This is the unanimous reaction of Israeli leaders from Prime Minister Netanyahu on down.  Israelis awakened to a new day that has brought the spectre of a nuclear-armed Iran much closer.  Only a few days ago, in the midst of the Geneva negotiations, Iran’s all-powerful leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israelis rabid dogs who are destined for destruction; but this failed to register in Washington. It was a Hitlerian diatribe in every sense of the word, and like Munich, 1938, today it is U.S. president Barack Obama, the Free World’s leader, who is praising The Peace in Our Time Agreement.  In his view, it is a victory for diplomacy over war.  Although the Iranian economy was gasping on the ropes of sanctions, for some reason Obama did not see sanctions as the solution, ‘Better to appease Tehran and hope for the best’.  As for the Iranians, it is a monumental victory: all their nuclear weapons capability remains in place, they preserve their right to uranium enrichment, and not one of their 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled.  Secondly, the new Iran heavy water reactor will eventually produce plutonium for A-bombs once it goes on stream.

Netanyahu and Lieberman have made it clear that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons...

 In effect, the Iranian regime has simply suspended its nuclear weapons program in order to resuscitate its economy.  The Iranians have out bluffed the Obama administration; they sensed that after Obama’s climb-down in Syria, the U.S. president has no stomach for employing the military option.  Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that Obama simply has more pressing issues, such Obama-care and his desire to cut his losses overseas.  In any case, both Netanyahu and Lieberman have made it clear that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, and then serve as a guinea pig for testing whether the Muslim fanatics in Tehran will use them against Israel.  Israel will not agree to be a new Czechoslovakia.

Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Arab states are asking hard questions. Can they count on Obama in the future?

 It is indeed a new reality that requires Israel to reassess its position.  But not only Israel has been stunned, Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Arab states are asking hard questions.  Can they count on Obama in the future?  They are also deeply concerned that Iran, bent on regional hegemony, has won a monumental victory and poses and even greater threat.  But over all, Israeli feels it stands alone, as it did in 1981 when prime minister Menachem Begin and his cabinet decided to bomb Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor before it was too late. As for president Obama, he will bear responsibility if and when the Iranian regime acquires nuclear weapons, and possibly arms some Islamic terrorists with a suitcase dirty bomb that blows up in New York, Washington, London, or Paris. 


 David Essing 

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