President Obama is the victim in the rift between Israelis and his office.
“The deep affinities I feel for the Jewish people, the Israeli people…it’s hard for me,” Obama told Tom Friedman in an interview this weekend. If it’s hard on him, it’s really hard on Israel – they’re not feeling the love.
The president said he is deeply disturbed by the Iranian rhetoric but they want to be part of the international community. That’s not obvious to most who are paying attention. Friday morning prayers began with “Death to America” and on Saturday, there were “Down with America – Israel – Saudi Arabia” chants.
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Iranians contradicted the fact sheet put out by the State Department, most notably the sanctions portion.
Iran will not make a deal unless all sanctions are removed forever and from day one – that’s according to president Rouhani.
The president is not that concerned. He is so sure that he’s right.
“The activities that they engage in, the rhetoric, both anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, is deeply disturbing. There are deep trends in the country that are contrary to not only our own national security interests and views but those of our allies and friends in the region, and those divisions are real.”
“I think the election of [President Hassan] Rouhani indicated that there was an appetite among the Iranian people for a rejoining with the international community, an emphasis on the economics and the desire to link up with a global economy.”
This next photo was shot two weeks ago when the Ayatollah preached, of course Death to America.
This next photo was taken Saturday when there were protests in every major U.S. city demanding “Down with America” and Israel too of course.
The administration is still trying to sell President Rouhani as a moderate when he’s every bit as radical and dangerous as the Mullahs. He’s also bragged about tricking us in the past over their nuclear program. You can read about that on this link.
“Well, what I’d say to them is this,” the president told the NY Times’ Tom Friedman. “You have every right to be concerned about Iran. This is a regime that at the highest levels has expressed the desire to destroy Israel, that has denied the Holocaust, that has expressed venomous anti-Semitic ideas and is a big country with a big population and has a sophisticated military.
So Israel is right to be concerned about Iran, and they should be absolutely concerned that Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.” But, he insisted, this framework initiative, if it can be implemented, can satisfy that Israeli strategic concern with more effectiveness and at less cost to Israel than any other approach. “We know that a military strike or a series of military strikes can set back Iran’s nuclear program for a period of time — but almost certainly will prompt Iran to rush towards a bomb, will provide an excuse for hard-liners inside of Iran to say, ‘This is what happens when you don’t have a nuclear weapon: America attacks.’
The deal is not a deal because Iran disagrees with key components or hasn’t agreed to them at all, but he is pretending there is one so he can continue the negotiations without having to be bothered about going over the deadline.
Now Iran is a “big country,” he says.
But remember when he said Iran doesn’t pose a threat because it’s a tiny country.
It doesn’t pose the threat Russia does.
But…But…Russia doesn’t pose a threat.
Also during the interview, he said Cuba is a tiny, little country that doesn’t pose a threat like the big, dangerous country of Iran.
“We are powerful enough to be able to test these propositions without putting ourselves at risk. And that’s the thing … people don’t seem to understand,” the president said. “You take a country like Cuba. For us to test the possibility that engagement leads to a better outcome for the Cuban people, there aren’t that many risks for us. It’s a tiny little country. It’s not one that threatens our core security interests, and so [there’s no reason not] to test the proposition. And if it turns out that it doesn’t lead to better outcomes, we can adjust our policies. The same is true with respect to Iran, a larger country, a dangerous country, one that has engaged in activities that resulted in the death of U.S. citizens, but the truth of the matter is: Iran’s defense budget is $30 billion. Our defense budget is closer to $600 billion. Iran understands that they cannot fight us. … You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.”