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US Vice President Joseph Biden and President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama warned American Jewish leaders Tuesday if the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran is shot down, Israel eventually will pay the price in rocket fire on Tel Aviv.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met in the White House Cabinet Room with 20 Jewish leaders several hours after an Internet address to North American Jewish leaders by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader followed his speech with a question-and-answer session drawn from some 2,000 pre-submitted questions from the 10,000 who had registered to participate in the webcast, sponsored by the Jewish Federations and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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During the two-hour meeting with Jewish leaders from across the religious and political spectrum that followed Netanyahu’s plea for American Jews to fight the deal, Obama tried to debunk the prime minister’s arguments.

Sources at the meeting said Obama said a discussion focused on “personal attacks” – rather than the “merits of the deal” – could threaten the unity of the American Jewish community and also the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

But Netanyahu specifically said in his own address – emphasized, in fact – that he was not making a personal attack. “A huge majority of Israelis oppose the deal,” he said. “So this is not a partisan issue in Israel. It shouldn’t be a partisan issue in the United States either.

“Nor is it a personal issue. This isn’t about me. And it’s not about President Obama. It’s about the deal. I’m asking you to rise above partisan politics as we in Israel have risen above it. Judge the deal on its substance and on its substance alone. The more people know about the deal, the more they oppose it,” Netanyahu said pointedly.

Obama also said that he truly believes that if the deal will be rejected by Congress, the ultimate result will be a military strike. “But the results of such a strike won’t be war with Iran,” the president allegedly said.

Iran isn’t going to aim its weapons at the United States, pit its annual budget of $15 billion against the U.S. military and the American budget of $600 billion, he said. Obama went on to describe instead a terror scenario similar to that which awaits Israel and the U.S. as described by Netanyahu, given the billions of dollars to be infused into the Iranian economy as a result of the soon-to-be lifted sanctions from the deal.

American and Israeli targets will be attacked by armed terrorist groups on Israel’s borders, and Iranian proxies who will ram aircraft carriers, the president allegedly said. “They will fight this asymmetrically. That means more support for terrorism, more Hezbollah rockets falling on Tel Aviv.

“I can assure that Israel will bear the brunt of the asymmetrical response that Iran will have to a military strike on its nuclear facilities.”

In his speech, Netanyahu was clear and to the point on this: “There’s one claim that is the most outrageous – that those who oppose this deal want war. That’s utterly false. We in Israel don’t want war. We want peace. Because it’s we who are on the front lines.

“We face Iran’s terror on three borders. We face tens of thousands of Iranian rockets aimed at all our cities. We face Iran, whose regime repeatedly calls for the destruction of the Jewish State.

“We face Iran whose terrorist proxies try to kill Jews every day.

“Israelis are going to be the ones who pay the highest price if there’s war and if Iran gets the bomb.

“I oppose this deal because I want to prevent war, and this deal will bring war. It will spark a nuclear arms race in the region and it would feed Iran’s terrorism and aggression. That would make war, perhaps the most horrific war of all, far more likely.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

74 COMMENTS

  1. "U.S. nuclear deal with Iran is shot down, Israel eventually will pay the price in rocket fire on Tel Aviv" DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A PREDICTION, IT SOUNDS LIKE AN INSTRUCTION TO HAMASISIS. This is incredible. This is shocking. Its as if he is signaling HAMASISIS as to how it should respond.

  2. Hey Obama ,, u just a street kids running around selling drugs in the ghetto, u cant even reach out to Natanyahu class act.Thats all these mess u created ” Too much hate from the street kid VS True leader from Israel.

  3. Let me see if I understand this statement: so if Congress derails the Iran deal, it will be Israel who suffers the consequences of the resulting setback to Iran’s plans to build a nuclear arsenal. OK…

    Obama’s increasingly loony-tunes thought process would be almost amusing, if the stakes weren’t so high.

  4. Obama is not stupid but dangerous and a racist. Can someone give his flunkeys a job that can cause less harm. Hitler was an idiot compared to Obama. O covers his true beliefs with utmost talent, whereas Hitler rented and brought his own demise.
    American Jews are naively stupid. Obama hates you but you do not see it. Obama will cause so much damage before he gets out that Americans will not know what hit them. This man’s twisted hatred is blooming and all Americans do is nod like toys wined up with bull.

  5. Israel will bear the brundt if Deal is appoved. Either way, Obama will continue his plan to bring down Israel and see to it Iran, Arabs and Palestenians get to take over Middle East as he also makes sure Muslims take over the uSA.

  6. Obama says: "Iran isn’t going to aim its weapons at the United States". That's what YOU think. Likewise, Japan in 1941 will not attack the US; that would be stupid! And yet…
    The USSR will not put missiles in Cuba at the US door…and yet…
    Crazy Arabs living in Afghanistan would not attack the US, and yet …(perhaps you heard about Sept. 11?)
    You assume that Iran leaders are rational people. They are not.

  7. "Israel eventually will pay the price in rocket fire on Tel Aviv"
    Big deal! That has already happened in the last war with Gaza. More than 5000 rockets were send and 1 person died.
    It's not the Argameddon you claim.
    And Israel can and will retaliate. During the war in lebanon in 2006 Israel shoiwed how much destruction they can bring. The Lebanese PM cried at the UN "You are destroying my country!" Yes!
    As for Gaza, Israel can easily punish them by not allowing ANYTHING in, no water, no food, no medication, nothing.
    See how long they can last.

  8. Is this the same Hussein Obama, who drew a red line with Syria and Assad laughed and continued the slaughter of his own people? The threats he makes against Israel are his personally and not Europes. Just another Jew hater.

  9. Please slam these US Senators for supporting Iran, making us the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism and assuring we get nuked out of existence, God forbid!
    Here is what I wrote on the top comments of Barbara Boxer, Bill Nelson, & Tim Kaine's Facebook pages. Boxer has two Facebook pages.
    It is unthinkable & unforgivable that you've joined Obama, Kerry, & their partner, the world's biggest terrorist sponsor, Iran to get over one hundred billion dollars that will doom untold numbers to death & injury & that will literally destroy our country.
    Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame, shame, shame on you and damn you!
    Here are the fundamental, suicidal flaws with this agreement that you're ignoring for deeply partisan, stupid, evil reasons.
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/16-reasons-nuke-deal-is-an-iranian-victory-and-a-western-catastrophe

    This was an agreement Kerry made on behalf of Iran that guarantees Iran gets an arsenal of nuclear weapons & ICBMs with which to easily reach America. It would make us a state sponsor of terrorism & responsible for our own destruction. At best, Iran would succeed in murdering millions, which, at this point in our history, would destroy this country.

    I highly recommend the short speech & answering of questions by Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel yesterday:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo7R4EKjYFc&feature=youtu.be

  10. I didn't realize that U.S. support for Israel had become a protection racket…well, actually I did, but this type of threat proves it. It is like: "we'd hate it if anything were to happen to your mom and pop store…"

  11. Actually, Obama and Kerry will be laughingstock traitor wannabees, rather than the full-blown traitors to all life on this planet that they have long aspired to be.

    A vote for the Iranian deal is a vote towards the utter annihilation of all living things on this planet. Remember? "And in the End Time, I will destroy the earth by fire."

    Who said that?

    It's your choice, of course. There are no guarantees, with free will. Just choose rightly, so you may yet live.

  12. God Loves Israrel. Any country or group of people that has ever gone against Israrel will fall. Its just a shame that American Leaders can not look in a history book or better yet, a Bible !! Prayers for Israrel and Prayers for America !!!

  13. Charles, haven't you got the message yet, you are the only one supportive of the treacherous Obama, so perhaps the vast majority have understood correctly just what Obama is and what he has done. That you are so willingly lacking in an intelligent view of blatant treason, could mean that you are entirely without any ability to assess the threats to USA and Israel. I know you can at least read, so I can only assume that you have made the decision to be blinding stupid! I sincerely pity you.

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