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The coming betrayal of Israel

Cal Thomas's picture

In Geneva, Switzerland, The United States and other major powers appeared close to a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions against the terrorist-sponsoring state.

Negotiations, however, fell apart at the last minute when France and Iran balked at the final wording on the interim draft. Talks are expected to resume within a few weeks, but it is worth pausing to consider what was nearly agreed to and what the outcome could likely be.

President Obama has pledged to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America has Israel’s “back.” Who knew he had a knife? An agreement that trusts Iran’s promises and allows it to surreptitiously complete development of nuclear missiles would stab Israel in the back.

North Korea promised former President Jimmy Carter during his 1994 visit to Pyongyang it would close a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon in exchange for food and humanitarian aid. The reactor was subsequently re-opened. Memo to the Obama administration: tyrants lie.

Unlike North Korea, an officially atheist state, Iranian mullahs have repeatedly said they have a religious duty to annihilate Israel, not to mention America. How do secular diplomats negotiate with people who, in their minds, would be violating “Allah’s will” by making deals with the “great Satan”?

While the negotiations between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran were taking place in Geneva, writes, “... the Iranian government sent a different message with a broadcast on state television of a simulated missile attack on Israel.” How much more evidence of Iran’s intentions and ultimate objective are needed?

Last month, Kerry and Netanyahu met for seven hours in Rome. Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post, citing the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, writes, “The secretary of state told the prime minister that he heard from his European friends ... that if the negotiations (with the Palestinians) fail, Israel can forget about participating in the European research and development program ‘Horizon 2020’.” Kerry is then quoted as saying, “And that will only be the beginning.”

Doesn’t Kerry have this backward? Sanctions might be lifted against Iran for a promise that won’t be kept, but possibly imposed on Israel if it won’t agree to what amounts to assisted suicide?

It would also appear that this “deal” had been in the works for at least several months before the Geneva meetings. The Daily Beast reports: “The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, well before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.”

The administration pledges to watch Iran closely and if it violates any provisions in a final agreement, sanctions would be re-imposed. If sanctions and other means, such as the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s computers, failed to deter Iran’s nuclear program, why would anyone think additional threats and more sanctions would produce the desired results? Iran is playing for time and it appears the United States is willing to give it to them.

History is a great teacher, but not everyone pays attention. In “The Guns at Last Light,” Rick Atkinson’s chronicle of World War II, the author recalls President Franklin Roosevelt’s view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin following their meeting at Yalta in February 1945: “’Stalin doesn’t want anything other than security for his country,’ the president said. ‘He won’t try to annex anything and will work for a world of democracy and peace.’”

Winston Churchill similarly misjudged Stalin, writes Atkinson, telling his war cabinet, “’Stalin I’m sure means well to the world and Poland. ... He will not embark on bad adventures.’ He added, ‘I don’t think I’m wrong about Stalin,’ whom he had called ‘that great and good man.’”

Times and dictators change, but human nature remains the same. Roosevelt and Churchill were wrong about Stalin and the Obama administration is wrong about Iran.

[Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, appearing in more than 600 national newspapers. He is the author of more than 10 books and is a FOX News political contributor since 1997. Email Cal Thomas at] © 2013 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


While Uruguay may have legal marijuana soon, North Korea is the only country with legal marijuana. Other countries have decriminalized it but it remains illegal.

When you speak of Satan, consider the alcoholics in Congress that are chemically unbalanced and inclined to start wars. Read the book "The Art of War" and see how alcohol is used to get people to fight.

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JeffC's picture

Sun Tzu makes no mention of alcohol in "The Art of War".

mudcat's picture

You seem well read and all that, but I just want to put a face with the name. The purple dog doesn't do that, although fairly cute for a dog.

And since we are talking, do you have an opinion on the mayor? Fleisch? Logsdon?

And why don't you run for something?

Are you the skinny big toothed one or the round faced one? You have such a way with words. And you accused someone else of being unkind in their descriptions of people. Shame, shame on you---guess you should blog before the cocktail hour when you are more mellow or is this your mellow??

SPQR's picture

I vote for after the cocktail hour

Read it again.

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MajorMike's picture

As much as it pains me to agree with JeffC, he is correct. I recently finished my first rereading of "The Art of War" and could not recall any instance of alcohol being used as weaponry so I got my copy out and looked. If you could point out chapter or page (I have the bound set w/ Clausewitz’s "On War") to substantiate your claim I would appreciate it.

Your first point was that North Korea is the only country with legal marijuana. This is relevant to the discussion ......... how? As far as our own politicians being a drug using besotted lot, I agree. But, I fail to comprehend how being high makes one bloodthirsty or war mongering.

BTW “To win 100 battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is.”) (Chapter III, verse 3)

JeffC's picture

Cal said: "North Korea promised former President Jimmy Carter during his 1994 visit to Pyongyang it would close a nuclear reactor at in exchange for food and humanitarian aid. The reactor was subsequently re-opened. Memo to the Obama administration: tyrants lie."

Bush, under the influence of John Bolton, announced that the administration was formally withdrawing from the 1994 Agreed Framework on Oct. 20,2002. The Yongbyon reactor, which had been closed for 8 years as agreed under the Framework, was restarted in 2003.

Just sayin'.

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