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Ronald Lauder Says ‘Only France Stands Between Us and a Nuclear Iran,’ Mocks Wendy Sherman

November 20, 2013 12:33 am 7 comments

Ronald Lauder, left, receiving the French Legion of Honor from President François Hollande. Photo: Présidence de la République.

One of the world’s most renowned Jewish leaders, Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), said that the only thing preventing Iran from going nuclear is France. His remarks were made at a gala dinner in New York Tuesday night.

“Tomorrow the meetings with Iran resume in Geneva and frankly only France stands between us and a nuclear Iran,” said Lauder, referring to the talks between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program. “But the rest of the world is silent,” he added.

Lauder also mocked the U.S. point person in the negotiations, Wendy Sherman.

“The chief U.S. negotiator in Geneva is a person named Wendy Sherman, she was the point person who negotiated with Kim Jong-il to keep North Korea nuclear power free, and we all know how well that turned out,” he said.

Lauder painted a bleak picture for world Jewry at the black tie event that honored Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and his wife Marion.

“The world’s attitude towards Israel and Jews in general has not improved over the years, it has grown more hostile,” he said. “Almost seventy years and three generations after the Second World War it is acceptable once again to utter anti-Semitic statements out loud.”

“Yes anti-Zionism has been a fashionable way for anti-Semites to express their hatred,” he clarified.

“Iran is racing to complete a nuclear bomb, even as they promise to erase Israel from the face of time, and the world is silent,” he said. “Just as the West gave up Czechoslovakia to Hitler in Munich in 1938, we see what is happening again and the world is silent.”

Touting the global work of the WJC, Lauder pledged “I will never trust a flimsy piece of paper signed by a tyrant.”

Other attendees at the event included Hillary Clinton, Ralph Lauren, Israeli Minister Silvan Shalom, Huma Abedin, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and Ira Rennert.


  • Clinton there?

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Geneva 2013 = Munich 1938.

  • Lauder may pick on Wendy Sherman, but she is only the Under Secretary of State. Her bosses are Kerry and Obama, who set the goals for her in the negotiations. She and they must have the same outlook and values, but she is only the point person, not the decision maker. Similarly in the North Korea negotiations, she served in State department as the North Korea Policy Coordinator, under Bill Clinton who set her goals then. Lauder may fear naming Kerry, Obama, and Clinton as responsible, but allowing rogue nations to have nuclear weapons is a presidential decision, not as Lauder implies the responsibility of an employee of the State Department.

    It should not go unnoticed, being that Hillary and Huma attended the gala, that it was under Hillary Clinton’s leadership as Secretary of State under Obama that Wendy Sherman was given the job as negotiator regarding Iran and its pursuit of the nuclear bomb. Of course we can be thankful that Hillary Clinton did not assign Huma Abedin (what with all her links to the Muslim Brotherhood) that job of negotiator. With her, Obama may have just given a few nuclear bombs to Iran instead of letting them try to build them as his policy now stands.

    Remember it was in 2010 that Obama directed the head of NASA specifically to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations in the field of space exploration, so now it is obvious that he wants to have the same outreach in the field of nuclear weapons. It is written in Zechariah that all nations will be gathered together against Jerusalem; who a short time ago, would have believed that the U.S. would be part of that gathering and that the Democratic Party would be the party in power. Unbelievable, but it is happening.

    • Truer words have never been spoken!!
      Totally agree!! We are at the crossroads and everything prophesized is starting to happen.

    • Margarete Healy

      Right on! However understandable in Lauder’s position.

      I hope there will materialize a wise, balanced and knowledgable person who could run for president in 2016 before we lose all respect and good will in the world? I don’t see anyone so far mentioned as would-be runners who, in my opinion, would qualify for that job. Definitely not Hillary.

    • Actually, except for the Palestinian franchise of the Muslim Brotherhood aka HAMAS, the MB and Khomeinist Iran are enemies. One of the reasons Muhammed Morsi was dispatched so promptly by the Egyption military was that he was endorsing sending Egyptian jihaddi to fight in Syria against the Alawites and their Shia supporters, Iranian-backed Hezbollah, and the IRG presence.

      No, if anything, the MB would just love it if Israel did the Sunni world the major favour of destroying Iran’s nuke program, so they can return to business as usual, attacking Israel.

  • Oh dear, Huma and Hillary attended too..and we know their proclivities toward Israel, never mind that Israel does have the ability to stop Iran, France’s efforts beside the point! –

    Pray tell, whenever Jewish donors are en mass, look for Hill and company nearby.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

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