Obama has Bibi just where he wants him: Isolated
I don’t think it’s overstatement to say that Obama successfully has isolated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by bringing the major world powers plus Germany into an Iran nuclear agreement publicly opposed by Netanyahu (and quietly by many Arab countries).
The perennial thorn in Obama’s Mideast side stands almost alone in publicly opposing the deal. The agreement helps keep the Mullahs in power through removal of sanctions while normalizing Iranian uranium enrichment. More than that, the statements accompanying the deal announcement treat Iran as the regional power to resolve a host of issues, including Syria.
In exchange, Iran agrees to slight compromises that push back the “breakout” period to produce a nuclear weapon by a few weeks or months at most.
Jeffrey Goldberg assesses Israel’s isolation, In Iran, Obama Achieves 50 Percent of His Goals:
U.S. President Barack Obama has had two overarching goals in the Iran crisis. The first was to stop the Iranian regime from gaining possession of a nuclear weapon. The second was to prevent Israel from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.
This weekend, the president achieved one of these goals. He boxed-in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu so comprehensively that it’s unimaginable Israel will strike Iran in the foreseeable future. Netanyahu had his best chance to attack in 2010 and 2011, and he missed it. He came close but was swayed by Obama’s demand that he keep his planes parked. It would be a foolhardy act — one that could turn Israel into a true pariah state, and bring about the collapse of sanctions and possible war in the Middle East — if Israel were to attack Iran now, in the middle of negotiations.
I think it’s much broader than forestalling an Israeli attack.
It’s an isolation against doing anything to interfere with the agreement, as the British Foreign Minister has warned Netanyahu:
Israel should avoid taking any action that would undermine the interim nuclear agreement reached between Iran and world powers at the weekend, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday.
Urging world leaders to give the interim deal a chance, Hague said it was important to try to understand those who opposed the agreement. But he urged Israel and others to confine their criticism to rhetoric.
“We would discourage anybody in the world, including Israel, from taking any steps that would undermine this agreement and we will make that very clear to all concerned,” Hague told parliament.
Hague added that he had not seen any sign that any country opposed to the agreement would try to disrupt it “in any practical way”. But he said Britain would be “on its guard”.
I wonder if that warning from Hague extends as well to the U.S. Congress, which if it imposed more forceful sanctions, would scuttle the deal.
So long as the Mullahs rule Iran and have uranium enrichment and ballistic missile programs, Israel faces the sword of Khamenei hanging over its head. And now the sword of the P5+1.
If that were all, it would be bad enough. But the isolation will extend to the other Israeli existential issue, territorial and other concessions to the Palestinian Authority.
John Kerry’s diplomatic frenzy has included not just neutralizing Israel over the Iran deal, but publicly slapping Israel over the Palestinian negotiations.
Kerry not too obtusely has referenced Israel’s potential international isolation if it doesn’t strike that deal. Don’t think for a second that the template used to achieve the Iran deal will not be used to try to force a Palestinian deal on Israel.
The Palestinians already are calling for just such an international solution to be imposed on Israel:
Palestinian negotiators on Sunday praised the nuclear deal as a precedent in which the international community came together to solve a difficult issue. They said the major powers should do the same to try to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has festered for decades.
The prospects of a Mullah-ruled nuclear Iran perpetually on the cusp weaponization and a Palestinian state squeezing Israel into indefensible borders present Israel with unprecedented challenges.
And once again, Netanyahu will be isolated in objecting.
Just like Obama wanted.
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In so much of multinational diplomacy, the sovereign nation of Israel appears as a tenant and the other countries like landlords.
Liberals HATE Israel. I don’t exactly know why. I really believe it is primarily Jewish self hate. On top of that throw in the Che Gueverra worship for anyone fighting the US.
It’s an administration of failed, control-freak kindergarten teachers!!!
Liberals loved Israel when they were constantly on the verge of being overrun and destroyed, plucky little Israel. For the last 40 years, however, there has been no doubt who is the military “top dog” in the region, and this the Liberals cannot abide. Israel has become the evil proxy “American colonialist oppressor.” That, and the fact that the Left’s heroes, the Soviets, were the Arab nationalists’ sponsors and military suppliers.
Why do I feel that we are living on the verge of something that will eclipse anything that has happened before it? This time, our Jewish brethren will not be the only victims; Christians are already being targeted in many countries. And our own country is not just standing aside and watching, but willfully lending a hand to our persecutors.
I don’t get into “signs” and “end of days predictions” but you’ve just got to feel that something is very wrong in our world.
That is because we are SOOOO much closer to nuclear war. And, I don’t believe that war will stay confined to the Middle East. I sure would not want to live in a city with a major shipping harbor. Because when the Iranians nuke Tel-Aviv it is a safe bet they will save at least one atomic weapon for a US city.
Obama is a sociopath. He would get his jollies out of nuclear war.
What I do not or can not understand are people such as, IN Israel.
Obama thinks he has Bibi just where he wants him. Obama plays dweebie games, but for Bibi, it’s life or death.
I think this is going to get very interesting. I’ll bet Israel mounts a huge PR campaign in the US, calling for supporters to stand up and choose between Hussein-Iran and Israel. This could backfire on the drowning community agitator.
Barack Obama does not work for Israel.
Barack Obama does not work for Iran.
Barack Obama does not work for the United States.
Barack Obama works for Barack Obama.
It’s all about his narcissism. His #1 priority is to leave a legacy, and since October 1st, that legacy has been twirling around and down the toilet like a stinky turd. His baby, obamacare, has proven an abject failure.
Now he has to become bold and desperate. He wants to accomplish something, so he is willing to side with enemies and betray allies if that’s what it takes.
Old alliances have no value anymore, nor does common sense.
You forgot to add…
He’s the smartest man to walk into any airplane toilet!!!!!
Perhaps, regarding Bibi!
Yet, Obama, much more importantly for him, has the USA close to where he wants the USA to be; impotent and isolated from its historic allies! What country will now trust the USA to stand by as an ally?
He must feel the USA is close to becoming a 3rd rate power; no longer able to wage its mean and terrible will on poor and long suffering countries of the world, like Iran, North Korea, and Cuba.
If the USA also suffers major physical scars, that’s a plus to Obama. Norway had its Quisling, we have Obama, Dingy Harry Reid, and Pelosi, more to our enduring shame of having put them into power!
Forget nuking Iran. If I were Bibi, I’d nuke Washington.
Now why would you want the east coast littered with the remnants of Washington, DC trash?
I hear the Saudi Arabians feel that way also.
Netanyahu should never have listened to Obama and should have stealthily done what is best for his country. Israel has the brain power to destroy Iran’s nukes via virus. Do it!
Watch for three things: More unusual ‘explosions’ at Iranian nuke facilities; more unexplained deaths of Iranian nuke scientists, and leaking of any background info (birth cert, for example) that Israel has on Obama. Mossad is not to be trifled with.
That’s the strategy we at Rantburg labeled “Operation Lemony Snickett”: a whole series of unfortunate events…
It would be interesting to see his college transcripts.
What college transcripts?
And a return of Stuxnet!
Smart Diplomacy: “Hey guys, lets box nuclear Israel into a corner and see what happens?”
Even liberal Democrats like Schumer and Menendez are openly skeptical of this travesty.
But I think you give Obama and Kerry far too much credit. They aren’t smart enough to deal with Iran with the intent of hurting Israel. It’s just about temporary political relief for Obama at home.
That reaction is mixed is acceptable. The main thing for Obama is to get Obama-Care’s failure off the front pages and the holiday dining tables, to get people talking and arguing about something else. This was just the easiest thing to get done quick: the Iranians have been ready to take this deal for years – it asks nothing of them and gives them back billions of impounded dollars and access to spare parts for all sorts of machinery, including auto parts.
Temporary political relief is all Obama knows. He can’t see beyond tomorrow’s headlines. If he can win them, he knows that sooner or later his allies in the press will begin to cover his back again.
I think he’s underestimated the staying power of the failures of PPACA, as tens of millions more will lose their coverage next year, but that’s the way he thinks.
One big problem right at the forefront of the “diplomacy” disaster in the Middle East is that we have Mullahs in Washington.
Obama is a bungling, obstinate potentate who desperately wants to leave behind a legacy that isn’t “bad Apple” Obamacare, Cash for Clunkers, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, a limp-along-no-new-jobs economy, etc. etc, etc. And, yes, he wants smoke and mirrors to distract from the train wreckage of his presidency.
Obama has done nothing for the black man. There are no credible jobs because he surrounds himself with “Yes” men (including Oprah) who don’t know what the heck they are doing. These Keynesian morons pursue economic growth through re-distributionary/reactionary eyes. And, Obama is anti-coal, anti-oil and anti-life itself (abortion). Obama is a “Christian” who hates Christians. A Mullah above all Mullahs.
While the Iranians are given more free reign to enrich plutonium into nuclear grade arms there is an AMERICAN pastor STILL in prison in Iran who was put there because he is a Christian who was seeking to help Iranian orphans. That is the craziness of this whole matter especially in light of the fact that the sanctions against Iran were really working. Iran’s economic growth was hurting.
And, we know, VP Valerie Jarrett pulls the strings behind the scenes because a female Mullah wouldn’t work in Muslim world.
The Mullahs here and there are in charge and they don’t want to lose their power. But don’t think for a minute that God doesn’t see and know the wickedness of Obama’s actions. God has allowed this for a short time but God will help his people and, more importantly, make the rulers of the earth bend the knee to Him.
If there are orphans in Iran it is for the Iranians to look after them.
Enough is enough . Americans have no business there & have been unwelcome for 34 years.
It is fine to hate Iran & label them an axis of evil but you want their children?
I don’t get it.
I see that you have learned nothing from the hostile Iranians to deter your own hatred. You sound no different than the Iranians.
Saeed Abedini IS an IRANIAN-American pastor, a U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran for his religious beliefs since 2012 (“religious beliefs” meaning his humanitarian efforts to help Iranian orphans. Orphans, BTW, who do not know or understand the evil that the adults are doing.)
Yes, I would take in any orphan, even one who has been taught to hate others.
I know Obama’s minions meant this for a distraction, but it is already BACK-FIRING on them.
If people talk about this, guaranteed, they will also discuss Obamacare!
Where I live people keep their political opinions close to their chest. But yesterday while waiting in a customer service line a total stranger brought up the “disgusting” Iranian deal. The line moved on after a few comments but at the Thanksgiving dinner table things will linger longer.
This American – X thing is very tiring . It is valid only if there is dual citizenship & if he still has Iranian papers then he is under Iranian law .
Every Iranian child is educated in Islam. Are you planning a Vietnam style evacuation . Good luck with that.
Oprah as a man…..
Sorry Sally, couldn’t resist!
If anything this agreement has made Israel more desperate? It’s not a good idea to corner a tiger without an avenue of escape…
Remember when Bibi spoke to Congress a few years ago?
He spoke intelligently and caringly, expressing a love for America and its people. He was everything we expect and deserve in a President – and everything Obama is not.
Netanyahu showed how unintellligent and uncaring Obama is. He angered the president for loving the country and people that Obama hates. The contrast between the two was striking to anyone but the most strident Obama supporter.
Obama is now getting his revenge.
As long as the US is headed by Obama/Kerry, isolation from the US is the best thing for Israel. Who would want the US as a military ally while Obama holds the reins? There are other western countries who will support Israel. Nor does Israel need to destroy the actual nuke facilities to destroy Iranian nuke capability. Just flatten Tehran. Saudi Arabia will allow flyovers.
Spend forty years crying out “Death To Israel! Death To America!” and eventually you will have to do one of two things: destroy Israel and America or be destroyed yourself. Since Iran is incapable of destroying either…..
In WWII we used nuclear weapons on a defeated enemy to push them into unconditional surrender, so we would not have to lose some 1-2 million casualties during the planned invasion of Japan. This was not an existential matter for us.
Hopefully, Israel can take care of the Iranian threat with conventional weapons and minimal casualties. If not, they will have go nuclear. The fallout will not be simply radioactive. Proliferation is next.
All to pander to anti-semites in Obama’s Democrat party base because he’s too incompetent to manage the launch of a website.
I wonder if the Jewish liberal voting bloc is happy with this? Or do they continue to think supporting Israel is too backward for them – let the evangelicals do it.
When I first glanced at the picture, I thought the signatories had just signed a surrender agreement of some kind. THEN I read the headline and knew my first instinct was right.
Israel has always been isolated. NOw Israel has a new ally, Saudi Arabia.
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Nothing new to this! Shimon Prese is probably the only Israeli who gets welcomed in UN circles.
The UN also has no power to show for itself.
And, what Kerry wants is a Nobel.
Obama picked Kerry out of the senate, and handed him State, because it is every intention of these stinkers to give Kerry a push towards a White House run in 2016.
Will Iran get nukes? India, too, has been losing nuclear scientists. But here? Pakistan and China get blamed.
As to the headlines on this topic, it all looks rather stale.
ARGO exposed (for me), the intense hatred felt by Iranians towards the USA. When the American Embassy was overrun … the mullahs provided only 2000 troops. What happened next, however, is that at least a million Iranian citizens in Tehran ran in. Which is why there was no defense where these hooligans would be shot in the street.
ARGO is the story told by a CIA operative whose specialty was disguises. Just six people made it over to the Canadian Embassy. While Tehran held HUNDREDS of American employees. Jimmy Carter was president. His term ended in failure.
And, Kerry’s not out of the woods, yet.
Bibi however knows what “If you like your plan you can keep your plan,” sounds like. Obama really, really, doesn’t like Bibi.
Time will tell how that works out for Obama.
It never really worked out all that well for Jimmy Carter.