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The Obama administration’s handling of the Iranian nuclear threat has cost President Barack Obama the support of Israelis, who usually give Washington the benefit of the doubt.

A Smith survey released Thursday revealed that 55 percent of the respondents said they do not count on the United States to “take care of its [Israel’s’ security in negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue.”

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Only one third of the respondents said they “count on” the Obama administration.

The distrust of Washington was further highlighted by answers to the question, “Do you think the U.S. government gave or did not give Netanyahu  a reliable and accurate picture of the negotiations with Iran?”

Only 24 percent replied in the positive and that an accurate picture was given, while 42 percent responded in the negative. The others had no opinion.

Regarding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s criticism of the U.S. government, 40 percent said it was justified and only 9 percent said it was not justified and was excessive. Another 22 percent said it was justified but excessive.

Thursday morning, Israel’s Home Front Minister Gilad Erdan, a senior and ideological Likud member, railed against  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for complaining to senators on Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is arguing against a deal with Iran before it is concluded. Erdan, said here, “I have not heard such a claim for many years.”

Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party that is part of the Netanyahu coalition government, is in Washington to lobby against easing sanctions on Iran.

Kerry, who told senators on Wednesday to “stop listening to the Israelis,” may also have been referring to Bennett, whose presence in Washington is far from applauded by President Barack Obama.

Bennett posted on his Facebook page a letter he sent to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Jewish Federations of North America, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization and the Russian Jewish Congress.

“When Iran launches a nuclear missile at Rome or Tel Aviv, it will have happened only because a Bad Deal was made during these defining moments,” Bennett wrote. “The free world stands before a fork in the road with a clear choice: Either stand strong and insist Iran dismantles its nuclear-weapons program, or surrender, cave in and allow Iran to retain its 18,500 centrifuges.”

Even the liberal ADL has turned its back on the Obama administration, after having agreed  not to lobby for or against sanctions. AIPAC immediately refused a National Security Council request to suspend lobbying against sanctions.

ADL Director David Harris wrote in Haaretz this week that while he understands President Obama’s concern that new sanctions could disrupt talks with Iran, “It is the ever-toughening sanctions that got Iran to negotiate in the first place; there needs to be a reminder that things will get still worse for Tehran if nothing changes soon on the ground.

“Elaborate efforts on Iran’s part to buy time — with Tehran’s mastery of modulated feints, nods, winks, and hints of openness — just won’t wash.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I don't think Obama is a bad president for the US on the domestic agenda, However, when it comes to international relations, he has managed in his second presidency, to put the US in a position even worse that George Bush Jr. had.
    Israelis are without delusion: they know full well that President Obama is getting ready to pull the same stunt French President De Gaulle pulled in1967: throw Israel under the bus. Let's put it this way: our only faithful allies are Haiti and the Philippines and all they can do is to pray for us.

  2. The problem is time and honesty. If Iran makes a deal, who is to say that they intend to abide by it? Will they instead open new facilities unknown to other nations and resume enrichment? Lastly, do we even have time to implement a deal before Iran breaks out? It sounds doubtful. A bad deal with Iran will virtually guarantee a future war of mass destruction. Sill I don't have a spy agency at my finger tips to give me their best estimates, but based on the estimates of others; time may already be up. Is a weapon being built as we talk? Who really knows? We could all be happy with a deal and then see a mushroom cloud 4 months latter. The Bible however states that Iran is around in the middle of the 7 year tribulation, so it's not likely that they will start a nuclear war at this time. I wrote a small 6 or 7 page book that talks about what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  3. POTUS Obama is a fraud and proven liar, unfit to hold the high office of President of the United States, unfit to hold any public office anywhere…trust him and the cowardly Kerry at your own peril. Prayers for Israel from any source can only be a good thing right now, these are perilous times indeed…and POTUS Obama needs a distraction from his problems and failings at home.

  4. Having his feet on the president's desk is a sign of disrespect to the office of the president and the USA. Only the terrorists and Arabs and Turks and moslem Obama disrespects the Americans.He and Kerr should go back to their homelands and be lost in a land that time forgot!

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