“The nuclear deal with Iran is a tragedy,” declared Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. A tragedy is not a national disaster, and certainly isn’t a Holocaust, perhaps just a potential Holocaust, since the 10 years in which Iran will have to restrain itself until it carries out this nuclear holocaust is the blink of an eye in the history of the Jewish people.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that as long as the nuclear agreement is not forever, it’s merely a piece of paper. Iran, which already this year will stuff more than $100 billion into its coffers, which in five years will be able to import advanced weapons, which will continue to support terror, has now won international recognition. The ayatollahs’ regime can continue to hang its citizens, and in 10 years will also be able to produce a nuclear bomb aimed directly and solely at Israel.
These are the grounds for the deep mourning that has descended on Israel, from the far left, through the hollow center, to the extreme right. No, Netanyahu has told the United States: Don’t give us grants and sophisticated weapons to soothe your consciences.
“You can’t compensate us for this agreement,” he says. If we are to suffer, then all the way; if we’ve been defeated, we will lick our wounds. With the last of our strength we will respond with a battle in Congress, we will write up a damning indictment against the (Sunni) Muslim U.S. president who signed the verdict together with the Shi’ite state. The U.S. now has only one way to guarantee Israel’s security – to cancel the agreement and apologize for its historic mistake.
Because now Netanyahu doesn’t even really care what the agreement says – whether there will be heavy water in the Arak reactor or not, how many centrifuges will continue to spin, what kind of research the Iranians will be allowed to do and what not. We are anyway not a signatory to the agreement, and our government has unanimously rejected it without even being asked its opinion. This time the devil isn’t in the details, but in the whole thing.
What better proof can there be that the whole world is against us, and that Israel is surrounded by enemies – not just those that speak Arabic and Farsi, but those that speak English, French, German, Russian and Chinese? Nor is there any need to establish an investigative committee to examine why we were defeated. Because we weren’t defeated; we fought to the death, with courage and determination, the few against the many and the strong. We enlisted the Holocaust and Chamberlain and the Munich agreement and treacherous North Korea; we marched with our sister Saudi Arabia and planted a threatening roadside bomb in the U.S. Congress.
But Amalek and Goliath joined forces to annihilate us, and God, as in the Holocaust, abandoned us this time as well. We were betrayed, not defeated. This is our Nakba.
As with the destruction of the Temple, the nuclear agreement with Iran will divide Jewish history into two – before the agreement and afterward, or as the warrior Ya’alon would say, “Before the tragedy and afterward.” Because the agreement has morphed from a legal document into a national symbol.
The ultimate test of an Israeli patriot will be his opposition to the deal. History books will be rewritten, poets will be enlisted to write poems about the treacherous Albion and the hypocritical America, and on Purim children will dress up as U.S. President Barack Obama, oppressor of the Jews. Haman will be left to wilt in the closet, because Iran is not the enemy – against Iran we have American weapons and operational and intelligence capabilities. We could have defeated Iran with our own hands, if only the handcuffs had been removed.
The paradox is that the agreement actually brings Iran and Israel closer. “The struggle against the U.S. will also continue after the agreement,” said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Netanyahu couldn’t have phrased it better. The two of them perceive the West as scheming against their countries. Now it will be much more difficult to figure out which of the two despise Obama more, the head of the only democracy in the Middle East, or the ayatollah from Tehran.