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As usual, the mainstream media has been doing its best to divert attention away from the dire and distressing aspects of the Iran nuclear deal. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes that the main issue is, and should be, the fact that the nuclear agreement will only strengthen Iran’s support of terrorism:
Though the polls show increasing opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama seems to be winning in the court of public opinion on the issue this week. The reason is that a series of inflammatory comments about the agreement from Republican presidential candidates have made it appear as if its critics are nothing but a pack of cynical partisans…The terror angle to the Iran agreement has been largely swept under the rug by the administration…
This is not a small point or a semantic argument. By choosing to strike a deal with Iran that deliberately ignored its role as a state sponsor of terror, its quest for regional autonomy, its tyrannical abuses at home or its oft-stated goal of destroying Israel, the president essentially gave all these elements of the regime Western sanction. The administration may say that it disapproves of all of it and will seek to curb Iranian excesses in the future. But the goal here is not merely a shaky nuclear deal that in the best-case scenario will only put off an Iranian bomb for a decade. The president’s objective has been something far more ambitious: a détente with Iran that will allow it “to get right with the world.” We may well scoff at such naïveté but, in order to buy into the Iran deal, you have to actually think that Iran will stop aiding terror or fomenting conflict throughout the Middle East. Once you discard this absurd hope, you have to accept the fact that the funds the U.S. is agreeing to release to Iran will soon be paying for a Hezbollah or Hamas rocket aimed at Israel or a murder squad roving Europe…Read More » Comments (3) »
Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 8:51 AM | Stand for Israel
While leaders in the U.S. continue to push for the nuclear agreement with Iran, sentiment among the American people says otherwise. The Times of Israel’s Josefin Dolsten reports that a new poll shows that over half of all Americans want Congress to reject the Iran deal:
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A little over half of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Fifty-two percent of respondents said that Congress should reject the agreement, while 44% said Congress should approve it…
Congress has 60 days from July 14 to review the nuclear deal reached earlier this month between Iran and six world powers. American lawmakers then have the option of voting to approve or disapprove of the deal, or take no action. Obama has vowed to veto any vote that disapproves of the deal.
The July poll found that the public was split along party lines, with 66% of Republicans saying Congress should reject the deal, and 61% of Democrats saying Congress should approve the deal.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 7:30 AM | Stand For Israel
While those who stand for Israel are lamenting the nuclear agreement with Iran, not so Israel’s enemies. Addressing the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah’s Nasrallah are celebrating the nuclear deal:
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“In recent days, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah have been celebrating the billions of dollars that they know Iran will give to their terror machine thanks to the Vienna agreement,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, referring to the nuclear deal reached earlier this month between world powers and Iran. “The agreement legitimizes both Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons and the continuation of its aggression.”
Addressing a special Knesset session marking the 120th anniversary of the late Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s birth, Netanyahu said, “It would be better for there to be no deal at all instead of a bad deal.”
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
The philosopher George Santayana is the one who said that those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Sadly, it seems that such historical forgetfulness has come into play with the Iran deal. Writing at The Atlantic, Leon Wieseltier says the administration who has made this agreement not only has a shallow regard for history, but “a deep scorn for the past”:
But it is important to recognize that the rut—or the persistence of the adversarial relationship between Iran and the United States—was not a blind fate, or an accident of historical inertia, or a failure of diplomatic imagination. It was a choice. On the Iranian side, the choice was based upon a worldview that was founded in large measure on a fiery, theological anti-Americanism, an officially sanctioned and officially disseminated view of Americanism as satanism. On the American side, the choice was based upon an opposition to the tyranny and the terror that the Islamic Republic represented and proliferated. It is true that in the years prior to the Khomeini revolution the United States tolerated vicious abuses of human rights in Iran; but then our enmity toward the ayatollahs’ autocracy may be regarded as a moral correction. (A correction is an admirable kind of hypocrisy.) The adversarial relationship between America and the regime in Tehran has been based on the fact that we are proper adversaries. We should be adversaries. What democrat, what pluralist, what liberal, what conservative, what believer, what non-believer, would want this Iran for a friend…
This accord will strengthen a contemptible regime. And so I propose—futilely, I know—that now, in the aftermath of the accord, America proceed to weaken it. The conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action should be accompanied by a resumption of our hostility to the Iranian regime and its various forces. Diplomats like to say that you talk with your enemies. They are right. And we have talked with them. But they are still our enemies. This is…Read More » Comments (12) »
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 7:34 AM | Stand For Israel
Ever since the U.S. and other world powers agreed to the recent nuclear deal with Iran, Israel and those who stand with her have been voicing their disapproval to the agreement. Israel Hayom’s Boaz Bismuth writes of this ridiculous appeasement and of the similarities between the current Iranian regime and that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s:
The Israeli government should not be ashamed of its efforts to scuttle the deal. The government has a national duty to continue these efforts. Ahead of the elections in March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not hide his stance on Iran. In fact, this stance was one of the reasons he was re-elected.
The claims against Israel bring us back to the September 1938 Munich Agreement, under the terms of which Czechoslovakia was forced to hand over the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany. The breaking apart of Czechoslovakia led to the outbreak of World War II…
The similarities between the deals signed in Munich in 1938 and Vienna in 2015 are uncanny. Just as then there were those who refused to recognize the evils of Nazism, now there are those who refuse to recognize the evils of Khomeinism. Then, as now, appeasement and hopes for the best were the options chosen by world powers. Then, France and Britain promised to guarantee the new borders in Europe, exactly as world powers are now promising security guarantees on the Iranian nuclear program.
Given all this, how is anyone surprised by the Israeli government’s steadfast opposition to the Iran nuclear deal?
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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:28 AM | Stand For Israel
This weekend, Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted a picture of President Obama holding a gun to his own head. Besides the hubris that this incident shows, Gatestone Institute’s Bassam Tawil also says it illustrates the effects that will result from the Iranian nuclear agreement:
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America will be now marginalized, as will its allies. What is in store for America is obvious to anyone listening to the hate speech of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He keeps promising that he will continue fighting against America and Israel, and that Iran will neither stop its nuclear development nor surrender.
Instead of lifting the sanctions, the United States should be increasing them…
Global terrorism will mushroom. Iran will secretly complete its nuclear project ahead of schedule.
Since the agreement forbids agencies affiliated with America, and now apparently “foreigners,” from visiting Iran’s nuclear installations, the arms industry of Islamic Republic will flourish, and Iran will have been rewarded for having violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and will be given a red carpeted fast track to build a nuclear bomb.
Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:19 AM | Stand For Israel
So many who stand for Israel are questioning the recent nuclear deal with Iran. In this video, Rabbi Eckstein answers a question from a friend of the Jewish state who asks if Israel is angry with America for the finalization of the Iran nuclear deal.Comments (19) »
Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Even as the United States has agreed to an (ill-advised and dangerous) Iranian nuclear deal, Iran is still declaring its ultimate intention of destroying both Israel and the U.S. Arutz Sheva reports that Iranian textbooks are continuing this anti-Western hatred, teaching the Islamic Republic’s children to make war on America:
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Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs who served in the past as liaison between Israel and the U.S. Congress, notes this sample: In a 12th grade textbook entitled The Qur’an and Life, p. 125, Iranian high school seniors learn of the Ayatollahs’ sublime goal: the battle against the USA and other “arrogant oppressors of the world,” led by “idolatrous devils” – a battle that is already raging throughout the world, awaiting the students’ sacrifice…
Iranian children are prodded to martyrdom, even in defiance of their parents: “The defense of Islam and Muslims is a duty, and does not require parents’ approval” (Religious Rulings, Grade 11, p.14). Prof. Pardo notes that there is a new emphasis on girl martyrs…
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 10:10 AM | Stand For Israel
In today’s Daily Dispatch – just as we have done for the past week – we ask that you let your elected representatives know to protest last week’s Iran nuclear agreement. There already is much opposition in Congress, as Israel Hayom reports that the U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to stop the deal – a deal with which the majority of the American public does not agree:
Top Republicans vowed Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap the nuclear deal reached last week between world powers and Iran. Also on Wednesday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee prepared for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the deal…
As Congress opened a 60-day review of the deal, Republican U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters: “Because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we’re going to do everything possible to stop it…”
A poll released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday found that a plurality of Americans have a negative view of the nuclear agreement with Iran. According to the poll, 79% of Americans have heard about the agreement, and out of those, 48% disapprove of it, while just 38% approve. Some 14% had no opinion.
Of the respondents who had heard of the agreement, 73% expressed little or no confidence that Iran’s leaders would uphold their end of the deal.
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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 7:29 AM | Stand For Israel
The Iran deal – for Israel, for the United States, and for the entire world – is a bad one. It does little to impede the Islamic Republic’s nuclear aspirations, while at the same time allowing Iran to give greater funding to its terrorist proxies. It is a very bad deal. But what would a good deal have looked like? Writing at Politico, Dr. Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and current Knesset member, explains what a good deal would look like, and that one “is still possible for those with the courage to forge it”:
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Could a better deal have been achieved? The answer — emphatically — is yes.
The biting sanctions enacted by Congress, and approved by President Barack Obama, halted the Iranian nuclear program. They also forced the Iranians to the negotiating table where they would have remained and made far-reaching concessions were the sanctions intensified or at least sustained.
These sanctions presented Tehran’s international customers with a choice: Either do business with Iran or with the United States. Russia, China and others might have protested continuing sanctions on Iran but, in the end, it is highly unlikely that they would have forfeited access to America’s $17 trillion economy to cut oil deals with Iran.
The Iranian military, with its mostly 1970s-vintage weaponry, posed no serious threat to the world’s largest and most sophisticated armed forces. A combination of robust sanctions and a credible military threat by the United States would have compelled the Iranians to make more far-reaching and substantive concessions than the few largely symbolic gestures contained in this deal.
These were the terms that Israel sought and communicated to American decision makers. We have the greatest interest in reaching a good diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear threat, and the most to lose from either a bad deal or a resort to force…
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 9:09 AM | Stand For Israel