Apologies for the lack of posting but I’ve gone down with a summer flu, which seems entirely appropriate given the appalling news that has dominated the media today.
The Iran deal which appears to have been “cinched” – i.e. America’s total surrender to the Mullahs – is worse than anyone ever imagined. Here is some reading material to give you nightmares (click the links for more):
First, here is the full text of the deal, embedded within this Times of Israel article.
As expected, PM Netanyahu slammed the deal. You can read the full text of Netanyahu’s response here. Here’s a snippet:
The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday.
The leading international powers have bet our collective future on a deal with the foremost sponsor of international terrorism. They’ve gambled that in ten years’ time, Iran’s terrorist regime will change while removing any incentive for it to do so. In fact, the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change.
In the coming decade, the deal will reward Iran, the terrorist regime in Tehran, with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel Iran’s terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel, which are ongoing.
Amazingly, this bad deal does not require Iran to cease its aggressive behavior in any way. And just last Friday, that aggression was on display for all to see.
Netanyahu also spoke personally with Obama this evening on the phone about the deal, expressing his extreme concern:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening spoke on the phone with US President Barack Obama, expressing Israel’s concerns over the Iranian nuclear deal and maintaining that the Islamic Republic will obtain nuclear weapons with or without the agreement.
“The prime minister emphasized that the deal raises two main dangers: It will allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons — if it keeps to the deal, at the end of the 10-15 years, if it breaks it, before then,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said.
“It addition, it will pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the Iranian terror and war machine which threatens Israel and the entire world,” the statement quoted Netanyahu as telling Obama.
“Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran because Iran continues to seek our destruction. We will always defend ourselves,” Netanyahu told foreign media reporters in Jerusalem.
The prime minister lashed out at world powers for easing sanctions against the Islamic Republic without requiring it to cease support for militant movements in the region, and for not requiring Tehran to dismantle its facilities as part of the agreement.
“By not dismantling Iran’s nuclear program, in a decade this deal will give an unreformed, unrepentant and far richer terrorism regime the capacity to produce many nuclear bombs; in fact an entire nuclear arsenal, with the means to deliver it,” he said. “What a stunning historic mistake.”
In an revolting show of insensitivity, John Kerry said that Netanyahu’s reaction was completely over the top. It is quite breath-taking how people who expect Israel to give up key strategic highlands in order to bring “peace” also expect Israel to sit back and watch a nuclear Iran turn into the regional hegemon – at America’s doing!
Responding to earlier remarks by Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu who dubbed the Iran deal “a stunning historic mistake,” US Secretary of State John Kerry says that the Israeli premier’s comments are “way over the top.”
“[Netanyahu] said the same thing about the interim agreement and he was wrong. The fact is, is that he’s frankly been making comments that are way over the top,” Kerry tells MSNBC.
“He doesn’t even know what the concessions are that we have not engaged in, because we haven’t made concessions,” Kerry says.
I don’t know what planet John Kerry is living on, but to say that the 5 powers have not made concessions is beyond laughable.
David Horovitz lists 16 reasons why the nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe:
The agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, allows it to retain core nuclear facilities, permits it to continue research in areas that will dramatically speed its breakout to the bomb should it choose to flout the deal, but also enables it to wait out those restrictions and proceed to become a nuclear threshold state with full international legitimacy. Here’s how.
Read it all to give yourself sleepless nights for the rest of the week (or year).
Sky News’ Tim Marshall points out what’s wrong with the deal:
He also takes a cool look at the deal on his excellent blog, listing a summary of the main clauses. He concludes thus:
If the deal is done the US Congress will want a say on it. Because the parties missed a July 9th deadline, Congress will now have up to 60 days to see if it want to approve the text. During this period President Obama cannot lift American sanctions. Congress is also expected to insist that every 90 days the President must confirm that Iran is fulfilling its side of the bargain.
But never fear! Obama has said that he will use his veto power to override Congress, even if they reject the deal! (In which case, what’s the point of bringing it to a congressional vote at all?)
Here is some relevant social media comments:
Indeed, what comes to mind are two very apposite quotes from Winston Churchill: