Head to Head: Should Israel oppose Iran deal?
Ben-Dror Yemini and Igal Sarna/Ynetnews
Published: 03.01.15/Israel Opinion
Two veteran journalists present different position on the agreement with Iran being drafted by world powers, led by the United States.
Neville Chamberlain was neither anti-European nor anti-Semitic. He signed the Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler firmly believing that it was the best thing for Europe. Barack Obama isn’t Chamberlain. He also isn’t anti-Israeli and he certainly isn’t anti-Semitic.
But from the outset, he has chosen a path of appeasement in the face of radical Islam, Sunni and Shia alike. His fawning address in Cairo, early on in his presidency, didn’t help. At the height of the recent crisis in Gaza, when we witnessed the emergence of two axes – the Turkey-Qatar pro-Hamas axis, and the slightly more moderate Egypt-Saudi Arabia axis – the US administration chose the pro-Hamas one. John Kerry was almost kicked out of Cairo at the time.
The situation is no different when it comes to the regime of the ayatollahs in Iran. Iran is in control, to some degree or other, of four Arab states – Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and, more recently, Yemen. The flag of the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen includes the words “Death to America” – and “Death to Israel” too of course. And anti-US demonstrations with chants of “Death to America” have continued in Iran this part year. Yet Obama refuses to get the message.
The US has suffered repeated failures in the Middle East in recent years. Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are either furious with or despise Washington, and not for the same reasons. Only Qatar, which has become a base for radical Jihadism over the past few years, gets along well with the American administration. And when this same administration prohibits its officials from voicing the words, “Islamic terror,” then I guess there’s no such thing as Shia radicalism either.
There’s no need to push the US into a war or conflict. On the contrary. Because the sanctions have helped. The sanctions have caused Iran to make concessions. But as soon as it emerged that Obama is opposed to the continuation of the sanctions, Tehran dug its feet in more firmly. The result is an agreement that is an absolute disgrace and nothing more than capitulation.
The problem isn’t the bomb that will be dropped on Israel. The problem is that Iran will become a regional power. Following the Munich Agreement, Winston Churchill said that England “has chosen shame, and will get war.” The US has chosen shame. One can only hope and pray that it won’t lead to war.
Iran is not Iraq
A year or so ago, one of the most honest individuals ever to have served in the Likud said to me: “This squabbling with America is insane. We don’t have and never will have an ally like the United States. The government is handling things atrociously.”