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Israeli Ministers Line Up to Lambast Iran Nuclear Deal; Choice Was Between ‘Plague and Cholera’ Says Lapid

November 24, 2013 2:26 am 45 comments

Yair Lapid on CNN. Photo: Screenshot.

As news broke in the wee hours of the morning of an interim deal reached between Iran and world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Israeli ministers and political figures from across the political spectrum took to the airwaves with sharp critique.

According to various reports, the deal calls for Iran to halt key parts of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief said to be valued at approximately $7 billion dollars.

In an interview on Israel Defense Forces radio, Israel’s Finance Minister, Yair Lapid, widely believed to be the second most influential politician in the country, sounded a bitter tone.

“We had a choice here between the plague and cholera. We were left alone explaining the truth, and all of our options were bad,” he said. “I don’t understand how the French Foreign Minister can call an agreement that doesn’t involve the dismantling of one centrifuge a ‘victory.’ I can’t understand the world’s failure to notice the nineteen thousand Iranian centrifuges.”

“Obviously a deal is better than a war, but not this deal,” he said. “Netanyahu did everything he could and we all stand behind him on this.”

Describing it as “the biggest diplomatic victory Iran has known in recent years,” Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that “the State of Israel will have to think things over.”

“This brings us to a new reality in the whole Middle East,” he told Israel Radio.

“We awoke this morning to a new reality. A reality in which a bad deal was signed with Iran. A very bad deal,” said Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett. He painted a bleak picture of what may come to pass as a result of the arrangement. “If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning,” he said.

“It is important that the world knows: Israel will not be committed to a deal that endangers its very existence,” Bennett added.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, the country’s Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau said that “Iran has zero credibility but has been treated as an equal partner.”

“When the West comes to the table with intent to get a deal at any cost, it is obvious that the deal will be bad,” he lamented. “Western leaders were influenced by their internal economic interests.”

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz also sharply criticized the deal, saying that it is reminiscent of  the “bad deal with North Korea.” Asked about the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran, Steinitz said, “We have never surrendered our right to self defense to anyone, including the United States.”

According to the Associated Press, Steinitz also referred to the deal as being based on “Iranian deception and self-delusion.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said that although Israel considers the agreement to be bad, it still could have been worse. “The final text of the agreement while still bad, is better than the first draft,” he said.

Elkin also said that while the relief from sanctions offered to Iran in the deal may appear to be relatively limited, its impact will in reality be far more significant.

“Those who claim that the agreement freezes the status quo are not telling the truth. The Western readiness to ease the sanctions will cause the global sanctions regime to start crumbling,” he predicted.

“Israel must maintain its military readiness and work to apply diplomatic pressure to influence the final deal with Iran,” Elkin added.

“This is an excellent deal for Iran, but unfortunately this agreement is extremely dangerous for the free world,” Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said in an email to The Algemeiner. “The centrifuges are staying in place while the sanctions regime is dismantled. This is exactly the opposite result that peace-loving people had been hoping for.  It goes without saying that all options remain on the table and that Israel has the capability – and the responsibility – to defend itself using any means necessary.”

Channel 2 reported that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to address the deal in a statement at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting in a couple of hours. Jerusalem believes that the deal, while marginally better than the first draft, is still bad, and could get worse if the controls stipulated in the agreement aren’t rigorously implemented, the channel said.

“The agreement provides for Iran both a significant easing of sanctions and the ability to maintain a significant portion of its nuclear program. The agreement allows Iran to continue enriching uranium, leaves it with all its centrifuges that enable it to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons, and also does not provide for the dismantling of the reactor in Arak,” officials in the Prime Minister’s office said.

A Knesset source who declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak on the matter, told The Algemeiner that Israel is disappointed and feels betrayed, and that chances of any great concessions in a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority are now slim.

Amos Yadlin the former head of Israeli military intelligence said that Israel “Will know in a few months if this was a new Munich (agreement wherein Nazi Germany was allowed to annex parts of Czechoslovakia) which will lead us to war, or a new Camp David which can lead to peace.”

Uzi Rabi, Director of the Dayan Center for Middle East studies at Tel Aviv University was even more direct. “Iran has prevailed,” he said, “Rouhani has achieved his internal goals.”

“This deal sacrifices the long term interests of the West in exchange for the short term gain of getting Iran to agree not to cross the nuclear threshold for a few months,” he said.


  • Obama is psychologically incapable of admitting he has ever made an error, especially a profound one like this, and especially when someone he hates, like PM Netanyahu, turns out to have been right. The real question is thus what Obama will do when the Iranians violate this agreement, especially if the intelligence reporting this fact comes form Israel. Will he decide that calls for more negotiations? Will he simply dismiss the evidence because it comes from Israel? Or will he get so angry that the Iranians have exposed him as the fool he is that he strikes out? And option three has more than one possible target, Iran, yes, but also Israel.

    The one redeeming feature of this agreement is that it makes Israel the de facto leader of the Free World.

  • Actually there is a great win for justice in this deal. If it were not for the deal, Israel would have compromised big on the West Bank, they would not have had a choice, because the US gave them their back. But now, Israel can go on its way and maybe even annex the West Bank, there is nothing to be afraid of, as the big five are against us anyway.

  • Israel has finally discovered that Obama views Israel as an annoyance…It’s about time that it finds new friends..

  • manes weingarten

    Let all these weasel polletitions keep their mouths shut and let’s see some action. This should have never gotten this far, waiting for the nations of the world to solve our problems was never and will never be a good solution. If the Iranian problem is as big as these politicians make it out to be, they should take the proper action without attracting to much attention. Talking about it dissent solve anything.

  • And now, the situation between Israel and the Middle East nazis will rapidly deteriorate even further and faster because of the betrayal and abandonment of the Jewish state by the U.S. administration as a result of its insane and self-destructive deal with Iran.

    I was hoping and wishing that I would be wrong about Obama’s tossing Israel
    — and now the United States — into what can only be a future filled with terrorism and war. Our perfidious president has elected to turn all of his Middle East allies against our national interests and those of Israel. This signed compact, which has Valerie Jarrett written all over it, with the Iranian religious psychopaths will go down as the one of the saddest days in world history.

    It is now cast in stone that Israel can no longer depend on the U.S. as an ally, and do not at all be surprised if this administration threatens armed conflict with the Jewish state.

  • Just watched Kerry, Haig and a woman in a shiny brown suit on the BBC 6 o’clock news all hugging each other. Quickly someone, pass the brown paper bags.

  • ‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.’ Knesset. Get on your knees. Israel. Get on your knees. Church. Get on your knees. Rest of the believing world. Get on your knees. God is for us and not against us. He doesn’t want a nuclear war. He loves us dearly. Prayer changes things. Don’t put your trust in man. Abandon yourselves to God NOW.

    • We are on our knees to Abba, the only way it is possible to live here in Jerusalem, is on ones knees. we trust in HIM ALONE. Though it’s the 1930’s again with Chamberlains reassurances. We are in a better position than then. As God is bringing us back from the 4 corners of the world to our homeland and for His purposes. We are no longer in exile from the land or from His heart. He has bought us back to the fathers house. There is nothing to fear, we will stand, no sit, still and see the salvation of God, for all of Israel.our God is faithful to his own.

    • Topcat, We are all praying, But our Lord will not abandon israel, He is faithful and true, His word is as faithful as the morning, for the sun [son] shall rise, come quickly Lord Jesus.

    • TOPCAT: In 1913 an American cartoonist named George Herriman began a cartoon strip called, Krazy Kat. It ran for thirty years and is now considered a classic of cartoonist art and commentary. Krazy kat symbolized world Jewry. You should obtain a copy of one of his collected cartoon books. Mr Herriman was very sypathetic with the plight of world Jewry and far, far ahead of his times, while you are as far behind your times as is the poetry of Isaiah that you echo.

  • Joseph Edwardsh

    Welcome to Obama Nation. Chamberlain would have loved this deal. Remember Bengazi . The ends justify the means according to Hillary.

  • I wonder if there is a prohibition of Iran’s support of Hamas and Hezbalah.

  • The opportunity for a peaceful end to the Iranian crisis is at hand, and the effort must be made. If it fails, then the situation is back to zero. Nothing gained, nothing lost has to be the assumption. This will make Israel safer if it works.

  • obama and kerry are close to crossing their own ”RED LINE “”

  • Opening up Iran through talks and greater access by inspectors should awaken the world to the menace that they truly are… ultimately,that could be a good thing.

  • Obama accomplished what he wanted – nobody is laughing at him now … they are now too afraid too laugh.

  • A lot of Zionists on this site

  • Treaties are often useless and meaningless, I hope that the U.S. Senate will reject this piece of dreck! Honestly, who can really trust Iran? The Iranians can secretly build more nukes underground.

    • I can’t agree with you more. This has all been posturing from the beginning. For the French it was all about grandstanding, apparently, and for Obama and his minion, it was according to a plan manipulated through subterfuge. Who knows how deep their backdoor schmuckeles have penetrated.

    • This agreement won’t be submitted to the Senate; Obama knows he couldn’t get it through. It will be done by executive order.

  • Israel is not alone! There are many Zionist in America. We are not all fooled. We know that we have as king over us, a demonic practitioner of Islam. Obama has unleashed Esau’s feral brats on the world, and is supporting Islamic jihad with American treasure.
    I will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

    • I stand with you Denise and I hope all Christian Zionists in the USA feel the same way. God will judge those whose intent it is to destroy Israel one way or the other. RISE UP CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS WHO LOVE ISRAEL AND CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO DEFEAT AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN OBAMA’S ATTEMPT TO GLORIFY HIMSELF AND MAKE HIMSELF LOOK GOOD WITH ELECTIONS COMING UP.

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    The most important provision missing is the explicit condition that Iran abandons any intention of doing anything against the Jewish State.
    The abandonment of the upper hand by those agreeing to the easing of pressures on Iran was done without a clear and specific refference to Israel. Considering that Israel is the only target of possible nuclear attack, the elimination in the Iranian political ideology ( not just rhetoric ) of any possible enmnity against the Jewish is more than essential. A change in the economic pressure, which implies suport for the Iranian regime, had to be conditioned by the regime’s radical change in its policies against Israel. There are means of implementing the changes.
    The whole Iranian issue concerns almost exclusively ISRAEL and the “Agreement” does NOT reflect that at all.

    Obama’s passing comment about Israel is just that, a passing comment without any tangible value.
    Baruch HaShem that Israel can take care of its exitential issues in spite of the farcical “agreements” with a sworn enemy of Israel.
    ( Just a jovial Ms. European Union Foreign Affairs Lady is enough to prove the point of an Iran which cannot be trusted )

    • You are not correct. Iran’s nuclear program is directed at a Shi’ite goal of bringing about the return of the “hidden imam,” the Shi’ite Muslim messiah. According to the Iranian mullahs, this result will be achieved by bringing about global chaos, not just by a strike at Israel. That is why the notion of the EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack has been so central to this discussion. Admittedly it is rather technical, but an EMP attack on America would enable Iran to kill about 90% of the American population with just two nuclear bombs. With this agreement, Iran could have the enriched uranium needed for this by next April, when the agreement expires.

  • BH deception came from Israel’s leaders
    who continuously refer to the USA as our
    closest “friend”. Clearly that has not been
    the case for a very long time and especially
    with Obama as its president. Need we a
    better reminder than Pollard? And wasn’t
    It the Americans who forced our hand to
    release murders and we bowed to that
    absurd demand losing even our moral
    integrity. Anybody who was surprised by
    this deal is obviously not in touch with reality.
    The writing was and is clearly on the wall.
    Wake up…time is of the essence!

    It’s MUNICH” all over,again!!!

  • This a new 2013 munich.
    The west forgot the anschluss….
    The occident must wake up now before
    Paris or london will have to face a nuclear crisis!!!

  • Another sad day for Israel; another downhill watershed moment for the West. YET:
      ×”Ö´× Ö¼Öµ×” לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן–    שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵלֹ Behold, He that keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.

  • God help us

  • Israel’s “leaders” are complaining about the results of their own corruption, weakness & incompetence.

    • Just how stupid are you? This has nothing to do with Israeli leadership and everything to do with the triumph of jihad. I would say Western leadership was duped. In reality, they are so enmeshed with Islamist supremecism, that this was treated as an ‘how can I stop having to deal with the problem of sanctions,’ as opposed to a serious deal. Barak “Chamberlin” Obama must be celebrating with all his enthusiasm. His terrorist brethrin have triumphed.

      • Yes. The Israeli leadership opposed tooth and nail. PM Netanyahu has burned himself out warning the world against this, so that Israel will be understood when she is forced to act. Naphtali Bennett spoke well too, as he always does.

        The West was weak-kneed because SHE wanted to be. The price will be high. Short-term rewards, long term regret.

  • Once more Israel has been sacrificed by the US and it’s lapdogs. Once more Israel on it’s own.

  • the new Munich and the whole World is now on the brink of war

  • The transcript of Obama’s speech on the Iranian nuclear deal:

    The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you: ‘ … We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.’

    World Shi’a Twelver ignoramuses sign Munich 2013

  • Sir Winston Churchill once said the following:

    “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    The Western World never learns.

    • The quote you are attributing to Churchill is by George Santayana

      However, in the House of Commons on May 2,1935 Winston Churchill said:

      When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand, we apply the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the Sibylline books. It falls into that long dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

      On November 12, 1936, Winston Churchill said this:

      Two things, I confess, have staggered me, after a long Parliamentary experience, in these Debates. The first has been the dangers that have so swiftly come upon us in a few years, and have been transforming our position and the whole outlook of the world. Secondly, I have been staggered by the failure of the House of Commons to react effectively against those dangers. That, I am bound to say, I never expected. I never would have believed that we should have been allowed to go on getting into this plight, month by month and year by year, and that even the Government’s own confessions of error have produced no concentration of Parliamentary opinion and force capable of lifting our efforts to the level of emergency. I say that unless the House resolves to find out the truth for itself, it will have committed an act of abdication of duty without parallel.

      • Mladen: Intelligence such as yours promises the only chance of survival for Homo sapiens. But our species must first overcome the anti-sapience of delusion. The commentary of Topcat is illustrative of delusion. Topcat shouts out for Jews to fall on their knees in order to convince Yahweh that we are worthy of support. But the Muslims are also on their knees before Allah. Jews and Muslims will be forced to fight a nuclear war just to find out which God is number one. Isaiah gave the same advice to the Judeans after the northern kingdom of Israel was demolished by the Assyrians in 734 B.C. But pray as fervently as they could, the Babylonians came and destroyed their temple after plundering it.
        Mladen, if humanity prefers delusion to truth then we are a species unworthy of survival with or without gods.

  • We have no other option. We must attack and totally destroy Iran’s genocidal nuke program. We musty do it and do it very, very soon…like NOW!

  • Netanyahu fabricated, with support of all of those claiming dismay including Peres, peresites’ Livni. Lapid, Dagan as well, a disastrous strategy which directly led to the outcome we observe. Cowardly at the very least if not worse.
    Sub serving Obama was and is akin to asking for the outcome we see. Netanyhu failed as did his associates leading our country to a no exit condition.
    They must resign or be ejected and a new and free election must take place.
    We warned all along but the media, even those not aligned with the combina managed not to support those warnings.
    Just as much, their incredibly bad negotiations will lead to also disastrous results.

  • The USA and the European countries have sold the western world’s interests for a dime and a song……..they should all be on trial for treason.

  • Sadly it seems that Barak Obama and John Kerry have outdone Neville Chamberlain. Hopefully the results will not be as bad as the deal with Hitler. This is a sad and shameful day for all Americans.

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