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March 11, 2015 4:39 pm

Famed Israeli Novelist and Netanyahu Critic Slams US Position on Iran as ‘Criminal Naiveté’

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Famed Israeli novelist David Grossman accused the United States of “criminal naiveté” with respect to its negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. The comments were first reported in the Italian periodical La Repubblica over the weekend.

Though the left-wing Grossman is well known for his sympathetic views towards the Palestinians, he holds no sympathies towards Iran’s nuclear program.

The author voiced support for the content of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech before a joint session of Congress, even though the Israeli author is a frequent critic of the Prime Minister.

“Iran threatens the entire world, this time Netanyahu is right,” Grossman told La Repubblica.

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“Netanyahu is right when he says that according to the emerging deal there is nothing to prevent the Iranians from developing a nuclear bomb once the deal expires in another 10 years, and on this matter there is no difference in Israel between Left and Right.”

Despite his support for Netanyahu’s position on the Iranian nuclear program, Grossman still hopes that Netanyahu loses in the upcoming March 17th Israeli election. Grossman also said he is worried that the Netanyahu speech may have damaged Israel’s relations with the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party.

Grossman is the author of The Yellow Wind.

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  • Alan Solomon

    If Netanyahu’s perspective is so correct, then why have not his policies towards other enemies proven successful? Has there been a cessation of hostilities with Hamas? With Hezbollah? At best a short-term truce has been accomplished, only to be followed by renewed violence. The prime minister’s views have not borne out to be true.

  • Robert Weintraub

    Mr Grossman need not worry about the relations between the Democratic Party and Obama and Israel. Relations have not changed as a result of the speech. A majority of Democratic congress members still support Israel, Of the thirty or so who boycotted the speech the largest number consist of African Americans who feel that Obama can do no wrong. Absent Obama in the White House in 2017 African American attitudes are likely to soften toward Israel.

  • dante

    let’s see if I’ve got this right:

    1. grossman believes that there is a credible and substantial threat from the iranian nuclear program. (so far, so good)

    2. the US administration is guilty of criminal naivete in its fantasy that it can charm iran into a deal that would reliably eliminate that threat or that a “good deal” would not have to eliminate that threat. (still well-oriented to person, place & time; A&Ox3)

    3. but grossman supports herzog, a complete buffoon, a moron, a fop, a fool, who:
    A. thinks Israel should TRUST those who pay terrorists, honor terrorists, fight relentlessly for the isolation of Israel;
    B. would allow an enemy to sit on the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee; and,
    C. who thought that Israel was obligated to accept any economic migrant who reached its borders, etc., etc.
    (grossman’s been smoking something serious…one hit too many of that stuff; he’s completely off the rails)

  • “We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers”

    “‹I am not in the Israeli government. But I think, Israel should have taken action against Iran years ago.

    The longer they wait the harder it gets,

    Menachem Begin as PM made the decision to bomb the nuclear dev. in Iraq. It was the right decision under tough circumstances.

    The world most times will not agree with Israel’s defensive actions. It seems as time passes they realize that Israel saved their butts.

    As history shows. The Jews and Israel have always been criticized, no matter what.

    You might as well do the right thing and defend Israel and its people. Dam the world opinion.

    The world did nothing when 6 million Jews were exterminated during WW2 and they did nothing when the Arab countries expelled a million Jewish people and confiscated all their assets.

    There is a famous Jewish saying “If I am not for myself who is for me”.

    I think you do not have all the facts. U.S. needs Israel as much as Israel needs the U.S. The relations and history between the U.S. Israel and the Jewish people goes back when England first sent people via the Mayflower to inhabit America.

    The Jewish people were very involved in the War of Independence of the U.S.A.

    The government of the U.S.A. was very supportive after WWI in reconstituting the Jewish people in their ancestral land.

    It is a relation that has its ups and downs, depends on the American administration at the time and the political international conditions.

    As long as communist Russia was involved in the Middle East, Israel was an arm of the U.S. in helping the U.S. to control Russian interests in the Middle East.

    Today Israel more than any other country knows the true mission of the extremists Muslims and the terror they bring all over the world.

    I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

    YJ Draiman

  • Terror in the nuclear age
    “Let me explain to you what we – all of us -are up against. Classic warfare is fundamentally a contest of wills fought to impose so much stress on the enemy that he loses the will to fight. A war of terror has the same intent, but with a singularly insidious twist: the enemy can be anybody, anywhere. He is without uniform or identification. His targets are random. His weapon is fear. He knows no constraints. He comes in all guises, often in the dress of his victims. He seeks to shatter nerves and break morale by flaunting the impotence of the authorities to protect their people. He uses his own women and children as his shield. He seeks to goad the defender into ever-harsher counter measures so as to stoke the general hate. He goes all-out to sow despair and to brutalize the agitated hearts of the other side. And in so doing, he strives to corrupt the defender’s military professionalism and discipline through combat stress, demoralization, fatigue, boredom and overkill, the very things we have been talking about. Well” – this in a final arpeggio – “no enemy is going to brutalize our hearts, nor corrupt our military professionalism and discipline.
    Do you want prevent nuclear terror? Vote for nuclear free Iran.
    A terrorist state must not be permitted to possess nuclear capability.
    When Israel takes defensive action for its survival. Israel would rather be condemned for its actions as a live Israel than eulogized as a dead Israel.
    YJ Draiman

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