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Watching John Kerry on Israeli Channel 10 trying to assure the Israeli public about the U.S. administration’s policies towards Iran’s nuclear program, I had to think of that old Jackson Brown anti-nuke song “Before the Deluge.”
Some of them were dreamers
And some of them were fools
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent
They were gathering the tools
They would need to make their journey back to nature
While the sand slipped through the opening
And their hands reached for the golden ring
With their hearts they turned to each other’s hearts for refuge
In the troubled years that came before the deluge.
Here was Kerry trying to convince the Israeli public – with the energy of the innocent – that they had nothing to worry about. The world would finally be a safer place, and the nuclear deal with the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism would protect Israel, the U.S. Secretary of State claimed.
Did he really think he could fool the Israelis? Apparently, Kerry, with his self-proclaimed 100% voting record on Israel in the U.S. Senate, does not understand a thing about the people of Israel; otherwise, he would not have insulted them by suggesting that Israel’s criticism of the Framework Agreement between Iran and the six world powers was hysterical.
The Israeli people knew long before the Lausanne agreement that Obama would sign a bad deal with Iran because they know that Kerry and Obama do not understand the Middle East.
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For the Israelis, it is absolutely clear that closing a nuclear deal with Iran is equivalent to making a pact with the devil similar to Chamberlain’s “Peace in our time” agreement with Hitler. After all, they have learned to take genocidal threats seriously; and they have heard Iranian leaders say that the annihilation of the Jewish state is “non-negotiable.”
So if you want to understand the mood in Israel after Lausanne, it’s like the second part of Jackson Brown’s song “Before the Deluge”
Some of them were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
In the naked dawn only a few survived
And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge.
Yes, there is anger and frustration in Israel about the deal with Iran; but that doesn’t make Israel’s criticism of the Iran deal hysterical.
Firstly, if the Israeli opposition to the Framework Agreement is ‘hysterical’ as Kerry claims, how can it be that many rational nuclear experts and experienced politicians outside of Israel share their concerns in every aspect?
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Could it be that it is Kerry who is becoming increasingly hysterical in the way he reacts to critics, apparently because he doesn’t have answers to the questions about the many loopholes in the agreement?
After all, Kerry has repeatedly shown that he is not able to act rationally when he is about to lose a political battle.
Only last year, he warned Israel that it would become an apartheid state–and that the Palestinians would start a new Intifada if the U.S.-sponsored negotiations with the Palestinians should fail.
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A year after PA president Mahmoud Abbas ended the negotiation track with Israel by closing a unity deal with Hamas, Israel is still a democratic state with equal rights for all citizens; and no Palestinian Intifada is on the horizon.
In March 2014, Kerry hysterically labeled global warming “a global threat, touching every region of the world and every sector of the economy,” after the U.S. had experienced the coldest winter in a century
Secondly, when assuring Israel that “there will be inspections every day forever,” Kerry conveniently ignores Iran’s track record of deceit and of stonewalling the IAEA inspections.
The most recent example of Iranian deceit was revealed last week by Great Britain to a UN panel of experts who monitor sanctions on Iran.
As Western Journalism reported:
The UK government informed the Panel on 20 April 2015 that it ‘is aware of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network that has been associated with Iran’s Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA) and Kalay Electric Company (KEC)’,” the Panel of Experts said in its annual report. The panel monitors Iran’s compliance with the U.N. sanctions regime.
KEC is under U.N. Security Council sanctions while TESA is under U.S. and European Union sanctions due to their suspected links to banned Iranian nuclear activities.
“The UK government informed the Panel on 20 April 2015 that it ‘is aware of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network that has been associated with Iran’s Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA) and Kalay Electric Company (KEC)’,” the Panel of Experts said in its annual report. The panel monitors Iran’s compliance with the U.N. sanctions regime.
KEC is under U.N. Security Council sanctions while TESA is under U.S. and European Union sanctions due to their suspected links to banned Iranian nuclear activities”.
Recently, Iranian leaders have said that they will not allow inspections of military sites such as Parchin, where Iran tested detonators for a nuclear warhead.
Only last month, the IAEA reported that no progress was made in talks about inspections of such sites.
Kerry also ‘forgot’ about the Fordow underground uranium enrichment complex that was built during the IAEA inspection regime and was finally exposed in 2009.
Does Kerry not know about current Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s deceit? Rouhani revealed on Iranian television how he deceived the West over the regime’s illicit nuclear program–and claimed credit for vastly expanding it. “We wanted to complete all of these (nuclear programs). We needed time,” he said.
Rouhani was Iran’s nuclear negotiator starting in October 2003 in talks with France, Britain, and Germany.
“The day that we invited the three European ministers, only 10 centrifuges were spinning,” Rouhani said. He said the three European ministers promised to block the U.S. desire to transfer the Iran nuclear dossier to the United Nations, using veto power if necessary. He called Iran’s claim that it stopped its nuclear program in 2003 a statement for the uneducated and admitted that the program not only was not stopped, but was significantly expanded under his tenure.
These are only the most recent examples of Iranian deceit and stonewalling.
All this is known to the Israeli public; so when, during the interview, Kerry said the U.S. administration will not disappoint Israel, he was adding insult to injury. The Obama administration let Israel down the moment that it abandoned the original goal of the negotiations with Iran, namely, the dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program.
So if Kerry and Obama really think that Israel will inform the U.S. government about a military attack on Iran’s nuclear installations–as Kerry expects–they are dead wrong. They will no doubt be informed after the attack, just as in 1981 when Israel took out the Iraqi nuclear program in Osirak. The current U.S. government isn’t trusted, not just by the Israeli government but also by the overwhelming majority of the Israeli people.
“Ultimately we will stand alone,” former Israeli Prime Minister Barak said about Israel’s position vis-à-vis Iran. Today, his prediction has become true; and Israelis know it, Mr. Kerry.
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