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Former Ambassador Indyk: White House Thinks Israel’s Iran Threats Are a Sham


Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk now is in charge of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority
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“In the U.S. They were convinced that Israel was going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the spring, and we’ve tried everything in our power to change their stance,” Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, told Tali Lipkin-Shachak in an interview on IDF Radio on Thursday.

Indyk, who served under two presidents as American ambassador to Israel, explained that the Americans figured out finally that Israel was not really going to attack. “I think that afterwards they felt that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Security Minister Barak created a big fraud,” he explained.

“The president is obligated to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons,” emphasized Indyk, “But this was the boy who cried wolf. First it looked like it really worked, when everyone did whatever they could to placate Israel. But after another round of Israeli threats, people in the Administration were saying, “Looks like they’re doing their threats again, but we can live with it.”

In reference to the idea that the world is accepting the possibility that Iran may become a nuclear power, Indyk commented: “The world can accept this, but Barak Obama absolutely cannot. We’re engaged in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, and the assessment is that once Iran develops nuclear weapons, our efforts to prevent their spread all over the entire world will collapse. This is the responsibility of the president. He will not allow Iran to become a nuclear power.”

When asked about the possibility of a meeting between Netanyahu and Obama, Indyk said, “It would help calm things down, but the American presidential campaign is not about foreign relations and therefore it’s hard to believe that Obama would visit here (in Israel). American experts on elections say that every day that the presidential campaign spends dealing with foreign affairs is a wasted day. A meeting taking place at the United Nations General Assembly could also help.”

Regarding the accusations that Israel is trying to influence the U.S. elections for its own ends, Indyk said: “I don’t think that Israel has been interfering too much in the U.S. elections. It (Israel’s interference) hasn’t had a big influence.”

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10 Responses to “Former Ambassador Indyk: White House Thinks Israel’s Iran Threats Are a Sham”

  1. Hadar Israel says:

    Don't believe a word from this lying Peace Now, Reform, extreme leftist.
    Don't forget his role in Oslo and in the arming of Palestinian Terrorists and the training of palestinian sharpshooters that then assassinated Jews.

  2. If you believe Indyk and if you really believe Obama intends to stop Iran from going nuclear then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

  3. Avi Grinblat says:

    Indyk and Obama are not to be trusted, they make cold calculation and interpretation of events based on PURE AMERICAN INTERESTS, cheap oil is more important at this juncture. Realection and t=retention of power is paramount.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    And the problem with American officials basing policy on American interest is????

  5. Ruth Hirt says:

    Are they kidding? Ahmad. preaches his fatal hatred against Israel to the bones, and the prospective victims making empty threats to attack? I guess those DC smarties were just born yesterday.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The documentary showing across America titled ' 2016: Obama's America ' provides a lot of insight into Obama's influences in his life, and it is a must see film for all American voters. Obama supporters will, also, enjoy this movie since it will answer a lot of questions about Obama's early influences in his life and what his agenda will probably be in a second term if re-elected. Just saw the movie yesterday in Columbus , Ohio to a packed audience and at the end of the movie, most people were applauding.

  7. No problem at all with American officials basing policy on American interests but don't b/s us about their concern for Israel and what friends of Israel they are. Likewise Israel should make decisions based on their interests and not Americas's.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It's pretty obvious that Obama will permit Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. If not, then Obama would have already given Iran a firm deadline to stop producing enriched uranium or the US will bomb those nuclear facilities. Obama has given a timeframe to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, but he refuses to do so with nuclear weapons with Iran.
    Simply put: Any Jew voting for, and supporting, Obama is aiding and abetting in the destruction of the Jewish People if Iran acquires nuclear weapons which are used against Israel. Their hands will drip with Jewish blood and no amount of rationalizing their support for Obama will wash off the blood.

  9. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    REALITY CHECK: Israel has come to accept that obama is an existential threat and making sure he and his politburo do not know what is REALLY going on with their plans is a definite requirement. To preserve his standing amongst islamist states and the Anti-Jew left wing of US politiks, the chairman has been releasing secrets to the enemy, including information about Israeli plans. Indyk has become just another useful idiot kapo like Rosen and Wasserman Schultz who are more than happy to see Jews murdered as long as their uber-fuhrer pats their heads at the end of the day. Keep saying whatever chairman barack tells you to say Indyk, you will not know what Tzahal is planning until it is done!

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