Why is Chuck Schumer dangerous
In the weeks following the announcement of the nuclear deal with the Iranian regime, the debate about it has experienced an unusual dynamic - on the other side of the Atlantic and in Israel itself, which is directly affected by the effects of the deal in its neighborhood. And the more that is known about the treaty, the greater - and for good reason - the distrust of the agreement.
To put it more dramatically: US President Obama is about to lose the majority in his own country. Amazingly, American society is largely unanimous in opposing the deal. Amazingly, because the US no longer wants to see adventures in foreign policy. Precisely for that reason the rejection, since the agreement carries too many risks and only prolongs the conflict instead of actually resolving it.
fears While the Arab countries in the Middle East formulate their existential fears mainly behind the scenes, Israel and the Jewish community in the USA have spoken out loud and audible about them. Here, too, the deal with the Iranian regime is understandably rejected, above all by AIPAC, the largest pro-Israeli organization in the USA, which was skeptical of talks with Iran from the start.
One exception was the Jewish lobby group "J Street" in Washington, which has spoken out in favor of the agreement with Iran. It is questionable whether one can still speak of a pro-Israeli organization here, since "J Street" also takes a number of problematic positions with regard to the Middle East conflict. The reaction of the American Jewish Committee, which took almost three weeks to speak out critically, was at least astonishing. Valuable time wasted advertising in the US Congress.
The opinion-forming of the American mainstream and the Jewish community shows a large overlap, the political dimension of which should not be underestimated: Both the USA and Israel share the same national interest in the Iran conflict. 58 senators are currently rejecting the nuclear deal, 67 is needed to override a presidential veto. Obama knows best himself: this deal is far from certain. Why else is he giving a big speech at American University? Why else did his administration - perhaps even he personally - make the negative decision of Chuck Schumer, Democratic Senator of New York State, public?
Doom Obama's superficial approach - either this agreement or war - is now increasingly becoming his doom. The dynamics described show the horrendous flaws in the agreement. You have to consider with whom a deal was actually negotiated here. With a regime that perpetrates terror both internally and externally. A dictatorship whose state doctrine propagates anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism - and doesn't just leave it at words. The Islamist republic has repeatedly followed up with the worst deeds.
It was and is Israel that has always made it clear that this conflict is by no means an Israeli problem alone, but a global threat. But how did the Obama administration and Europe react? With a booming silence. Their policy of appeasement, bordering on delusion, is now leading to an economic stimulus program of gigantic proportions for the Iranian Islamists. The contract is not worth the paper on which it is written.
It may be that the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, Ali Khamenei, spoke out in favor of the deal. In fact, only to take advantage of the deal for its ongoing fraud. Since the beginning of the nuclear conflict, the Islamic Republic has only lied. The biggest mistake of the Vienna Agreement is therefore the political upgrading of Iran - because the inhuman mullah regime is treated with the same respect as Germany and Japan, which pursue purely civilian nuclear programs.
sanctions It is naive and cynical to hope that the Iranian regime will suddenly turn into a pigeon with the money frenzy gained from the suspension of the sanctions. If this deal is not sunk in the American Congress - and there are signs that the unthinkable just a few weeks ago is becoming conceivable - existing conflicts in the Middle East will be massively promoted. This means enormous security risks for the Jewish state.
The Iranian regime has never made a secret of its support for Islamic terrorism in the world. Israel is affected at every one of its borders. The country knows how to defend itself in a troubled region, also through alliances with Egypt and the Arab Gulf states - but the unpredictable threat from the asymmetrical warfare of the terrorist militias Hezbollah, Hamas and IS as well as the danger of proliferation in the Middle East remains. A global community that allowed itself to be ripped off by Islamist charmers in Vienna is responsible for the enormous risks for Israel and for itself.
The Iran-born author is a journalist in Berlin and heads the “Foreign Policy Circle” think tank.
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