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Is it just me or does it seem like we are living in an Orwellian universe? Reading the news headlines lately makes me feel that we are living in suspended animation or on a distant planet.
When news broke of the deal brokered between Iran and the P5 +1 countries that include the US, Britain, France, China and Germany, I immediately experienced a sense of deja moo. A feeling like we had heard this bull before. I think most Israelis had the vision of Chamberlain returning from talks with Hitler exclaiming that he had achieved “peace in our time”. Hitler laughed and carried on with his plans for the 1000 year Reich and you can be sure that the Ayatollah’s in Qom are pointing and laughing at the gullible westerners who fell hook, line and sinker for Rouhani’s charm offensive.
It has been said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So we have to ask has the world learnt nothing? Obviously not. This deal which has been described by Finance Minister, Yair Lapid as a choice between “plague and cholera” still allows for the Iranians to continue to enrich uranium, albeit to a maximum of 5%.. Iran’s President Rouhani says that the deal is proof that “Iran’s rights to enrich uranium have been recognised.” And while the deal prohibits refuelling the Arak reactor or replacing and installing new centrifuges, it doesn’t call for the current to be dismantled . It just shows how much regard Iran has for the Geneva deal. It also does not prohibit this uranium being enriched to weapons grade levels. US Secretary of State, John Kerry actually said that this deal will only make Israel and other US allies safer. ‘Scuse me? Something is being enriched and clearly it smells.
This is not a case of paranoia. We Jews have learnt that we can never dismiss genocidal rhetoric as the rantings of mad men. More so when they parade their arsenals of missiles in the streets of their capitals and shout their intentions at every opportunity. Just last week Ayatollah Khameini called the Jewish State “rabid dogs”. The US did not rush to condemn this comment but France did, claiming Khameini’s words were “unacceptable and would only complicate talks.” Vive le France.
Is France becoming the most influential power in the region? It would appear so. The Obama administration’s recent track record in the Middle East is proof that the power of the US in the region is waning. Obama has shown he incapable of being a decisive Commander in Chief by deferring to Congress during the Syrian crisis and has created a deeper partisan chasm with the Iranian deal.
For Israel the way forward seems nebulous. We have said before that we may have to go it alone and are prepared. But for the powers who have sworn over the last 70 years that a Holocaust would never happen again, selling out to Iran shows a lack of decisive and strong leadership. Hypocritical oafs.