The announcement earlier this week that the UN had proffered a plan that allows Iran to inspect its own site at Parchin was akin to placing the fox in charge of the henhouse. It further agitated already disconcerted U.S. and Israeli critics of the initial agreement inked in July by the UN Security Council’s five permanent members—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, a group also known as the “P5+1”. The deal is based on placing unprecedented and unearned trust in the Iranians.
This latest news may mean that Israel’s preemption policy will rise to the forefront sooner rather than later. This strategy depends not on who is prime minister of the nation, but on her longstanding determination to never again be victimized as the Jewish people have been in centuries past. Levi Eshkol saw the necessity for a preemptive strike in 1967 when threatened by attack from Israel’s enemies. Prime Minister Menachem Begin saw the need for a preemptive raid when he ordered the bombing of Iraq’s Osirik nuclear facility in 1981. Ehud Olmert followed in the footsteps of former Israeli leaders when he ordered an airstrike on a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.
On the wall of every air base in Israel is a photograph of the remains of the Auschwitz death camp. In the skies overhead are Israeli jets, and at the bottom of each picture is inscribed: “We, the Israeli Air Force pilots in the skies over the camp of atrocities, have risen from the ashes of the millions of victims and we carry their silent cry. We salute their courage and pledge to serve as the defenders of the Jewish people and their state.”
Israel’s vow of “never again” is not a slogan; it is an existential promise to its enemies. There are terms Israelis use often to describe themselves: the Auschwitz Syndrome and the Masada Complex. There is no question that Israel has built the most powerful air force in the entire Middle East.
After White House efforts to conclude the Iran deal, the largest terror network worldwide will be awarded what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called “a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world.” It will also end a European oil embargo that would flood an already oil-glutted economy with even more oil, and will end some financial restrictions on banks in Iran.
In the inking of the agreement with Iran, thousands of victims of 911 have been dishonored. The families of those men and women killed in 2001 were assured that the United States would NOT fund terrorism. Tens of thousands of America’s finest fought in Iraq and died or were injured by Iranian-produced IEDs or at the hands of the Iranian-backed Mahdi Army. How can the Commander-in-Chief now look them in the face?
The deal can still be blocked by the U.S. Congress, new sanctions can be levied against Iran, or those currently in place can be retained. House and Senate members are not the only ones who oppose this deal: Israel and Sunni Arab nations are highly skeptical of any plan that leaves Iran with the ability to produce materials necessary for the production of nuclear weapons. According to Mr. Netanyahu, this would be a “bad mistake of historic proportions.” In a decade, the deal would expire, leaving Iran with the substructure necessary to produce an atomic bomb. Even now, Congress is well into the sixty-day period it was given to review the deal, an evaluation that could go against President Obama. He would, however, still have veto power.
The president’s plan is a quid pro quo—a get-out-of-jail-free card for an appeasement plan that will allow Iran’s leaders to creep out from under the harsh sanctions that brought them to the table in the first place.
Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His book, See You in New York, is available at www.Timeworthybooks.com.