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President Obama shaking hands with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman. The latter said this morning that "when you see the smiles on the faces of the Iranians, it's clear that victory is theirs.

Israel’s freshly reinstated foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday morning told Army Radio he was unhappy with the signing of the deal between Iran and the West. “There’s no dismantling of the centrifuges and no shipping out of the country of the fissile material from the uranium,” Lieberman said.

Instead, he complained, “there is recognition of Iran’s legitimate right to enrich uranium, despite its blatant disregard for every possible agreement. As soon as they enter a nuclear arms race, all the countries of the region will follow.”

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Lieberman suggested the Iranians “possess enough material to produce several bombs, not just one.”

Asked if Israel will attack Iran in light of the new reality, Lieberman said, “You must understand that this brings us to a new reality, us and the Saudis as well. Anyone who follows their reactions would realize that this isn’t just our concern, but the concern of all the states in the region. It looks like we’ll have to make decisions – with all the options on the table.”

Lieberman also pointed out that “when you see the smiles on the faces of the Iranians, it’s clear that victory is theirs. The one making decisions there is still Khamenei.”

Sources in the prime minister’s office told Ma’ariv that this is a bad agreement, which “awards Iran everything it desired – both a significant reduction of the sanctions and preserving the most significant components of its nuclear program. The deal enables Iran to continue enriching uranium, and lets it keep all its centrifuges making fissile material for a nuclear weapon.”

The same sources added that the deal does not require the dismantling of the heavy water plant in Arak, repeating Israel’s point that keeping Iran under continued economic pressure would have yielded a much better deal that included degrading Iran’s n uclear capabilities.

Minister of Intelligence Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that “Israel cannot partake in the international celebration which is founded on Iran’s con job and on self deception.”

According to Steinitz, “the last minute changes are far from satisfying us, and the deal was and remains a bad deal, making it harder to reach a suitable solution in the future. Like the failed deal with North Korea, the current deal will most likely bring Iran closer to getting the bomb.”

Nevertheless, the minister said that “despite our disappointment, we’ll continue to insist on our positions and to work with our friends in the U.S. and the world to seek an inclusive solution that will feature a real and complete dismantling of the Iran’s military nuclear infrastructure.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid told Army Radio that “it’s a bad deal. I’m concerned on two levels: one, about the deal and its ramifications, and two, because we’ve lost the ear of the world. Our role is to be the ones who issue the warnings. We have 6 months, at the end of which we must be back at a situation where the Americans are listening to us the way they used to.”

Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett said that “if in five years a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid, it will be because of this deal. We woke up this morning to a reality in which a bad, very bad deal had been signed in Geneva.”

Bennett warned that Israel is not obligated to keep a deal which threatens its very existence.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon also warned that “all the options are still on the table and Israel has the duty and the ability to defend itself.”

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin said the deal was “an Iranian Munich agreement. like Czechoslovakia back then, which was not allowed to participate in the discussion, and its fate was determined by the Western powers, Israel today is also looking on from the sidelines and seeing its national interest being sacrificed by the Western powers.”

Likud MK Reuven Livni suggested that “the American attempt to calm us down worries me the most.” He noted that “undoubtedly, this deal reflects differences between us and the west and the U.S. which are not merely tactical but strategic. This is a dangerous agreement which prevents war only for the time being but does nothing to remove this option off the table.”

Metetz Chairperson Zehava Gal-on and Communist MK Dov Haanin both praised the deal, saying it would now free Netanyahu up to reaching a deal with the Palestinians.

See? Every cloud has a silver lining, and every serious political article must offer some comic relief.

Speaking of comic relief, here are John Cleese and Peter Cook in their immortal sketch “Peace in our Time.”


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19 COMMENTS

  1. The idiocy of this administration is that it may create an irreversible spin into full conflict if Israel feels its existence is at stake. At least Israel will now know how much they can trust Obama, Kerry and their ilk. Of course, we Americans already knew it. The shame is on those who support this garbage.

  2. I was disappointed in this article, expecting a discussion of the existential issues, not between the U. S. and Israel, necessarily, but between the Obama administration and Israel, but found neither. Nice headline, though. It is worth looking at only because of the John Cleese video at the end, "Peace in our Time."

  3. Iran wins over the USA again and Irish Kerry as the heir apparent to Chamberlain.

    The U.S. State Departments has always been filled with irish anti-Semites and together with arab Obama, did you expect them ever to support its true ally Israel and the Jews.

    It is time for the Jews to vote Republican to sustain its own interest otherwise, the democrats in power during WWII is doing today just like they during WWII aiding and betting the British and the nazi's to murder over six million Jews!

  4. Iran wins over the USA again and Irish Kerry as the heir apparent to Chamberlain.

    The U.S. State Departments has always been filled with irish anti-Semites and together with arab Obama, did you expect them ever to support its true ally Israel and the Jews.

    It is time for the Jews to vote Republican to sustain its own interest otherwise, the democrats in power during WWII is doing today just like they during WWII aiding and betting the British and the nazi's to murder over six million Jews!

  5. Iran wins over the USA again and Irish Kerry as the heir apparent to Chamberlain.

    The U.S. State Departments has always been filled with irish anti-Semites and together with arab Obama, did you expect them ever to support its true ally Israel and the Jews.

    It is time for the Jews to vote Republican to sustain its own interest otherwise, the democrats in power during WWII is doing today just like they during WWII aiding and betting the British and the nazi's to murder over six million Jews!

  6. Unfortunately, Barack Obama and John Kerry don't understand that as Obama seeks out his legacy, so are the mullahs in Tehran. Obama's legacy will be clear as soon as Iran explodes their first nuclear device; the mullahs legacy will be the first to give the world a bomb from the most unstable part of the world. Obama is willing to bet the safety of Israel on his ability to talk the Iranians out of making a bomb – this is the same guy who can't talk Democrat governors into keeping health insurance plans from being canceled.

  7. Everyone is talking about "Iran". But, "Iran" is NOT the name of the country! The official name of that country is "The Islamic Republic of Iran", and there is a world of difference between "Iran" as a nation state, and "The Islamic Republic of Iran." "The Islamic Republic of Iran" is not a nation state in the normal sense of that term. The difference is clear from the Preamble of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one part of which reads as follows: "An Ideological Army In the formation and equipping of the country’s defense forces, due attention must be paid to faith and ideology as the basic criteria. Accordingly, the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are to be organized in conformity with this goal, and they will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in God’s way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world (this is in accordance with the Koranic verse “Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and strings of horses, striking fear into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them.” [8.60])"

    To ask the Ayatollahs to give up their ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons is to ask them to violate their Constitution and their Koran which requires them to acquire "whatever force you are able to muster", — and that includes nuclear weapons! — in order to extend Sharia law throughout the world. They will not violate their constitution and their religion. It won't happen. Negotiations are worse than fruitless because they give the ayatollahs time to acquire their nuclear weapons. And then it is too late.

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