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April 7, 2015 1:23 am

Leading Former Official Says Israelis Won’t be Reassured by Obama’s Security Pledges Following Iran Agreement

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Former US Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams said it is unlikely Israel’s leadership will be moved by a string of assurances made by President Obama in an interview with The New York Times published Sunday on the recently announced nuclear framework agreement with Iran.

“It is hard to believe that many Israelis will be reassured by the interview,” Abrams wrote in a blog for the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is now a senior fellow, “especially not if they read the Iranian press and see what, in their own interviews, Iranian officials are claiming they got out of the new nuclear agreement.”

Abrams, who served in the Republican administrations of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, quoted a number of paragraphs from the interview in which Obama voices sympathy for Israeli concerns over the framework agreement, but said the assurances were far too vague and failed to take into account the full extent of Israel’s grievances.

“Several times in this interview the President went out of his way to suggest that he fully understands Israel’s security problems, but the full text suggests that he does not-because he believes that his statements that ‘if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there’ and would ‘stand by them’ actually solve any of those problems,” Abrams said. “Time alone undermines the value of those statements, because he will not be president in 22 months. The words he used are sufficiently vague to undermine their value as well.”

Abrams quoted Obama extensively, who said, “I have to respect the fears that the Israeli people have, and I understand that Prime Minister Netanyahu is expressing the deep-rooted concerns that a lot of the Israeli population feel about this, but what I can say to them is: Number one, this is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon, and number two, what we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.”

In response Abrams questioned, “What does ‘messes with Israel’ mean? No one has the slightest idea. The President unfortunately uses this kind of diction too often, dumbing down his rhetoric for some reason and leaving listeners confused. Today, Iran is sending arms and money to Hamas in Gaza, and has done so for years.  Is that ‘messing with Israel?’ Iran has tried to blow up several Israeli embassies, repeating the successful attack it made on Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992. Fortunately Israel has foiled the more recent plots, but is attempting to bomb Israeli embassies ‘messing with Israel?’ Iranian Revolutionary Guards, along with Hezbollah troops, are in southern Syria now near the Golan. Is that ‘messing with Israel?’ And what does the President mean by ‘America will be there?’ With arms? With bandages? With the diplomatic protection his administration is now considering removing at the United Nations?”

Abrams also addressed the President’s promise to stand by Israel if it “were to be attacked by any state” by pointing out that its most immediate enemies are Iran’s terror proxies Hamas and Hezbollah which can’t be classified as states.

Additionally Abrams questioned Obama’s claim that “it has been personally difficult for me to hear … expressions that somehow … this administration has not done everything it could to look out for Israel’s interest.”

Abrams said, “This is the White House whose high officials called the prime minister of Israel a ‘chicken—-‘ and a ‘coward,’ in interviews meant to be published-not off the record. And the officials who said those things remain in place; no effort was ever made to identify and discipline them.”

“But,” Abrams concluded, “the deeper problem is that the reassurances the President is offering to Israel…are simply not reassuring. Iran is already, right now, while under sanctions that are badly hurting its economy, spending vast amounts of money and effort to ‘mess with Israel.’ This administration’s reaction has been to seek a nuclear deal that will give Iran more economic resources to dedicate to its hatred and violence against Israel, but will in no way whatsoever limit Iran’s conventional weapons and its support for terrorism.”

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  • SS

    Long Live IRAN

  • Fred

    One should know that Obama is the first Muslim President of the USA. His assurances are not worth the ink or sound as in one year he is out. His legacy to his Muslim brethren & the world is chaos & bitterness. His assurances to Israel are like the Hitler / Chamberlain sell out. France assured Poland of help in defending it against Germany. Nothing came of it. He could not include an assurance to safeguard Israel nor could he persuade Iran to release 5 American hostages. An incompetent President.

  • Bullfrog Europe

    It is impossible to see Obama’s logic on dealing with Iran. He wants ‘to bring them into the peaceful world’. Yet they are set on supporting Hamas, Hezbollah, Houthis & creating a divide in the Middle East.

    Time to change the President … And fast !

  • Michael Fox

    The proof is in the pudding and President Obama’s pudding does not hold together. Like Iran’s leadership that has consistently lied and cheated when it came to their nuclear program, the President has lied, deceived and lost the trust of many Americans. He put his political capitol on the line in the recent congressional elections and took a beating that all but the most ego driven narcissist would have seen as a personal rejection of his domestic and foreign policies. Not Obama.

    At an AIPAC conference just before the 2008 Presidential elections, Obama threw fish to the seals. “Jerusalem will remain the capitol of Israel and it must remain undivided.” At the time, the American embassy was in Tel Aviv where it remains today 7 years later. The President and his state department no longer refer to Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and say the final resolution must be negotiated.

    And then there was the Operation Protective Edge where Israel defended itself from barrages of rockets and mortars fired indiscriminately by Hamas terrorists in Gaza at Israeli civilians and cities. Hamas who has sworn to wipe Israel off the map and kill the Jews. After many agreed to and broken cease fires by Hamas, Israel was running low on some essential defensive military hardware. When asked for resupply, the Obama administration said “No.”

    “We’ve got Israel’s back” (with a knife in it). No doubt, Obama has shifted American foreign policy in the ME. Friends are treated as enemies and enemies like friends. Obama trying to buy the Israeli election only bolstered Netanyahu’s popularity in the final analysis as Israeli’s strongly rejected meddling from the oval office at the White House.

    Twenty months and counting.

  • Johan Rivan

    American Jews worked very hard to elect Obama. He has totally betrayed them–not only with the Iran deal, but with his attempt to humiliate Netanyahu and Israel on the world stage. He is outraged by Palestinian deaths when Israel defends itself against Hamas but he says nothing about Jewish children blown to smithereens by Palestinians for no reason other than they were Jewish. His double standards and hypocrisy should open the eyes of Americans to his true nature.

    American Jews better wake up. Obama’s mentor and father figure was a blatant anti-semitic and racist.

    I would not be able to sit in a congregation that spewed hatred against Christians or blacks, but until Obama realized he needed to distance himself from those views to win an election, he was quite comfortable sitting in that particular pulpit.

    He’s a vacuous politician who twists the world with empty words.

  • steven L

    Iran is very pragmatic and this is an important consideration.
    While fighting ISIS in Iraq, Iran may be supporting Sunnis Jihadists in other countries.
    We need also to remember that Iran feared Reagan. With nukes they will be fearless.
    Iran acts systematically in bad faith and cannot be trusted.
    The Shiadist regime should be bombarded out of power.
    Better soon while they have no Nukes than later when they have nukes. Later they will have a double umbrella. Nukes and defensive weapons from Putin.
    No troops on the ground.

  • The White House officials called Netanyahu ‘chicken’ and a ‘coward’. I assume that these self same officials have been at the coalface of fighting in Vietnam & Iraq and speak from a wealth of military experience. While I do not hold any brief for Netanyahu & in fact would not vote for him, the remarks by the White House do not do justice to a man who has been at the forefront of Military action defending the State of Israel. Obama needs to realise that anything he may say about protecting Israel must be treated with the same amount of contempt as his previously saying that he would never allow Iran to develop its nuclear capability.

  • nelson marans

    It is obvious that for the next two years, Israel will have to go it alone in response to Iran. President Obama has made it quite clear that when push comes to shove, he will not consider Israel’s existence in any of his further moves in appeasing Iran..

  • Reform School

    The sum-total of words and deeds of Barack Hussein Obama, by the forked-tongues and fangs of his surrogates (and his own) since his January 2009 empowerment, to ensure the stability of ANY part of the world, is laughable at best.

    His single-handed resuscitation of the Muslim Brotherhood triggered the Islamic State jihad of world domination. Soothing words of consolation from a con artist that would make Elmer Gantry jealous, bolstered by wholly-owned world media may dazzle dumbed-down Americans, but fall flat at the feet of Israel, the tiniest [but most highly-educated] minority in the world.

    Barack Obama’s U.S. foreign policy rhetoric toward the Jewish state, swimming like gefilte fish amid Muslim state sharks, are, in two words: CROCOLILE TEARS!

    • Duncan

      I agree wholeheartedly with every word and may I say that I have NEVER seen it expressed so eloquently in such a concise manner. God Bless the State of Israel!

  • Would you be reassured?


    I don’t trust anything Iran is doing or will do at any time. Iran does not ever obey any kind of pact or treaty so why does anyone think they will obey this agreement?

    I also don’t trust anything that Obama has said or done to be of any positive help to Israel. He has always been pro arab in every situation since he has taken office and has said so many anti-Israeli speeches that he is not going to change in the next 22 months. It is thankful that we have a Congress that is pro Israel on both sides of the aisle. Let’s hope these next 22 months go quickly without any outbreaks from Hamas and Hezbollah with the arms given to them from Iran.

  • Valery

    what kind of pressure on Iran, Netanyahu said, when reached in Lausanne political framework agreement? – Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear energy. Tehran is ready to build several nuclear power plants, and for this we need enriched uranium to 4 percent.
    Buy it in the market? – Why, if a country is able to independently provide for their needs in nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants.
    We must face the truth, not fantasy. Iran – Palestine is not to dictate terms.
    Obama understands this. Therefore made a deal.
    Yes, it is not really good for Israel. Israel would like another transaction. But to call it a “historic mistake” – a mistake. Diplomacy – the art of the possible.
    With regard to Israel’s security guarantees, any US president understands that they are real, yet in the interest of America.
    It is obvious that the normalization of relations with Iran today is beneficial USA. US war with Iran is not needed.
    It is also clear that the new US president in 2017 will adhere to this position. Whoever comes to power in the White House.

    • John

      The answer to all this is rather simple. Isreal is in fear of iran having a bomb. So you have two choices. Stop complaining and let iran make a bond and hope they never use it, or if you of the belief they really will then it’s time for war. Get them before they get you. End of the debate.

  • Excellent article by Elliot Abrams. It should be widely disseminated.
    I read – in the Jerusalem Post (April 7 2015) – the account of the lengthy Obama interview in the New York Times. I first was surprised by the mellifluous and “gentle” reassurance by Obama to Israel, the Israeli people, and government, which emphasizes that the U.S. will always stand by Israel. He simultaneously states, regarding Iran getting the nuclear weapon that there is “no formula…no option….that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative and framework that we have put forward,” i.e.the Obama proposal.
    This smorgasbord of themes is so contradictory that its denial of clear Israeli doubts, proves the dangerous reality of the Israeli situation as provoked by the Iran “deal” manufactured by the Obama government intervention.

  • Nitza Sarner

    completely agree with every word. The agreement is ok for Iran – if sanctions are removed but carry no guarantees whatsoever even for removing nuclear threat and certainly no mention of any support for all the terror around Israel.

  • Thomas Friedman came out saying that the world is flat which actually is NOT! For seeing a flat world on TV there is satellites that do move round our planet making the existing flat TV possible, where what is white becomes black and what is man becomes a chicken. Man can not trust a single word from those two coward people.

  • Emanuel

    Because real Jews read the NYT piece of racist toilet paper.

  • ted weiss

    why not? Obama’s credibility with Israel is stellar .
    I always have Israel’s back,I will not accept containment , I will prevent iran’s path to a bomb ? How did these promeses panned oout?I really , really trust him

  • Jeffery Saddlemire

    Iran’s bombs are being built in North Korea.

  • Henryk Zaleski

    The problem is that President Obama is pro-Muslim. You can’t serve two masters, democracy and terror at the same time, you will love one and hate the other. Go ahead and name another democratic country in that region! How can President Obama overlook the terror activity backed by Iran and still negotiate with a state which sponsors Islamic terrorism now world wide? How can anyone sit across the table and talk about nuclear issues and overlook what Iran can do with a nuclear arsenal and its current ambition to wipe Israel off the face of the world. Something is seriously wrong with the White House thinking or may be lack of thinking?

  • eugenia nayfeld

    How is it that Americans dont understand,the tipe of
    president they have,he is not inteligent at all,nothing
    to do with other presidents of the EEUU

  • Larinthian

    Believability is measured by credibility and at this point, Obama has none. This is the same president who boycotted Netanyahu’s speech to the congress and encouraged others to do so as well. This is the same president who publicly and actively supported Netanyahu’s opponents in Israel’s recent elections. This is the same president who was involved in money laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars through the state department in order to support the anti Netanyahu interest group vote now. This is the same president that said he was going to go to the U.N. and agree to an unilateral agreed upon Palestinian state. This is the same president that said there should be some daylight in the relationship between Israel and the U.S. This is the same president made false statements like “the bond between Israel and the U.S. are unbreakable.” and “we’ve got your back.” There are many other examples as well but in the interest of time, I will not recant them. The bottom line is that it would be foolish for Netanyahu and Israel to believe anything Obama has to say after six plus years of open hostility by Obama. Obama is a great rhetorical speaker, that’s how he got elected. But, the facts don’t substantiate his shallow, feel good speeches and Israel should never put their survival and trust into an American president, that has consistently proven he is no ally of Israel.

  • noah

    Abrams is absolutely right.
    Obama is delusional and a narcissist, the only thing Obama was able to successfully accomplish was to surpass Jimmy Carter as the worst president in US history.
    Obama = a pathetic empty shell of a presidency.

  • martin

    how can anyone be sure iran wont attack Israel they have been for years arming hamas and Hezbollah what if they have a nuke once it flies how do you stop it you cant trust iran any more than you throw an elephant

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Elliott Abrams is spot on in this analysis. I fully appreciate Mr.Abrams’s forthrightness! I am in full agreement with what he contends about President Obama’s evident instances of intentional rhetorical obfuscation. President Obama speaks about Israel like a true politician: he says exactly what he wants his Israeli, American Jewish, and American audience to hear, not necessarily what would be in their best interest.

  • A nuclear-armed Iran puts the whole world in danger.
    Nuclear-armed Jihadi terrorists are the greatest threat our civilization may ever face.
    Radical Islam is not just a threat to American and Israel. It is a threat to Western Civilization everywhere. Unless the West wakes up now before it’s too late and stops this evil.
    Do you want prevent nuclear terror? Do you care about you children and your family’s future? Vote for nuclear free Iran.
    A terrorist state must not be permitted to possess nuclear capability.
    Iran already controls; Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Gaza, etc. how much more before we stop them from devouring the Middle East and more.
    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


    Elliott Abrams is 100% correct. American Jews should bombard Jewish legislators. For example Sen. Feinstein of California”SEN. FEINSTEIN DECLARES DEAL WITH IRAN DOES NOT ENDANGER ISRAEL”( from JEWISH PRESS NEWS BRIEFS..PUBLISHED: APRIL 5TH, 2015″


    :This is obscene. I can tell you as a fact that Sen. Feinstein knows better.


    The Jewish Congresswoman, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is a strong supporter of President Barack Obama.

    Just witness the exact opposite testimony of Gen. Petraeus: “Rebuking Obama rapprochement, Petraeus warns Iran is taking control in Iraq, and is an enemy of the US and its allies.”

    He joins with the following generals and admirals (who have just issued a report on the Iranian nuclear/missile development programs { V. Adm. John M. Bird, USN

    (ret.), R. Adm. Garry J. Bonelli, USN (ret.) ,Gen. James T. Conway, USMC (ret.) ,Gen. Don G. Cook, USAF (ret.) ,Maj. Gen. Robert D. Eaglet, USAF (ret.) ,Adm. Leon Edney, USN (ret.), Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald, USN (ret.),Maj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, USMC (ret.), Lt. Gen. Thomas Griffin, USA (ret.) ,

    Lt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston, USMC (ret.) ,Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, USAF (ret.) ,Col. Jack Jacobs, USA (ret.), Adm. Jerome Johnson, USN (ret.) ,V. Adm. Bernard Kauderer, USN (ret.) ,V. Adm. Anthony A. Less, USN (ret.), Maj. Gen. Jarvis Lynch, USMC (ret.), Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, USA (ret.), R. Adm. Edward Masso, USN (ret.) , Lt. Gen. Charles May, USAF (ret.),
    Lt. Gen. Frederick McCorkle, R. Adm. William F. Merlin, USCG (ret.) ,Maj. Gen. William C. Moore, USA (ret.) ,Lt. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom, USAF (ret.) , Maj. Gen. Robert B. Patterson, USAF (ret.), V. Adm. David Pekoske, USCG (ret.) ,V. Adm. James B. Perkins, III, USN (ret.) ,Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, USA (ret.) ,Lt. Gen. Mark D. Shackelford, USAF (ret.) ,Lt. Gen. Ted G. Stroup, Jr., USA (ret.) ,Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, USA (ret.) ,Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor, USMCR (ret.) ,
    Gen. Louis Wagner, USA (ret.) .

  • “It’s Time to Stand Up for Israel”
    Desert Cattle to the Rescue, Texas Longhorn
    This started as Agricultural project and then because an internal security project as well. Israeli Ranches are being attacked, their land being stolen and their passive European cattle are being mutilated and killed by local Arabs and by natural predators, wolves and jackals.
    Israeli European beef cattle are incompatible with Israel’s desert environment. This has resulted in many problems including high calf losses, (as high as 30%). Israel needs desert cattle that fits its environment and can defend it’s self and it’s calves. That breed of cattle is Texas Longhorn. We are a self-sustainable 501 c 3 non-profit. We are trying to raise $305,000 to begin the project.
    The longer it takes to fund the Israel Longhorn Project, the more ranch land will be stolen, the more farmers and ranchers will go bankrupt and more families and ranchers will be murdered. Once the land is stolen it is almost impossible to get it back, once a life is taken it is impossible to get it back; this is the very land that you bought for Israel through the JNF.
    The Israel Longhorn Project will be using 22nd century cattle handle methods called, Stockmanship and ecological grazing techniques called Strategic Grazing. Both will be taught to Ranchers. This will decrease meat from being damaged turning into dark meat.
    Project supports: The Israeli Border Police, the New Shomerim, and the Prime Minister’s office.
    We need sponsors and donors who support Israel to fund this project.
    Respectfully yours,
    Israel Longhorn Project
    Robin Rosenblatt, M.Sc.
    Director – The Longhorn Project
    501(c) 3 Nonprofit #74-3177354
    650.631.9270; cell 650-339-0269
    22 Yarnal Place
    Redwood City, CA 94063


    In June 2012, five Republican lawmakers (most prominently, Michele Bachmann) sent letters to the inspectors general at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, and State, asking that they investigate government “policies and activities that appear to be the result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood”—the ideological wellspring from which such terrorist outfits as al Qaeda and Hamas first emerged.[1] One letter, for instance, noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, “has three family members … connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” (In fact, Abedin herself spent 12 years working for for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a Saudi-based Islamic think tank whose agenda was—and remains to this day, as journalist Andrew C. McCarthy explains—”to grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West.” For details about this agenda, click here.)

    While Bachmann was widely criticized and ridiculed for daring to suggest that Muslim Brotherhood elements had infiltrated the U.S. government, corroboration of her allegations came, in December 2012, from an unlikely quarter: Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, which asserted that six highly-placed Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators within the Obama administration had transformed the United States “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.” (A translation of the article is available from the Investigative Project here.)

    According to the Investigative Project, “the six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. These represent many of the individuals and groups about whom Bachmann had raised concerns.

    This section of Discover The Networks profiles these and other Islamists who have influenced, or have been appointed to positions within, the Obama administration. Also included in this section are a number of Islamists who have not officially been connected to the Obama administration, but who have had a significant influence on Obama’s thinking over the course of his life.

    Moreover, this section contains a link to a profile of the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF), which was established in 2008 by Abon’go Malik Obama, President Obama’s half-brother, a Kenyan-born Muslim with twelve wives. Abon’go Malik Obama is:
    – the overseer of the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments;
    – the executive secretary of the Sudan-based Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), an organization primarily focused on expanding Wahhabist Islam on the African subcontinent; and
    – closely associated with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a jihadist tyrant responsible for the deaths of more than three million people, all in the name of Jihad and war against Christians.

    * Abedin, Huma: Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    * Abunimah, Ali: Vice president of the Arab American Action Network
    * Al-Hibri, Azizah: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
    * Al-Mansour, Khalid Abdullah Tariq: Patron of Obama during 1980s
    * Al-Marayati, Salam: Representative of the U.S. government at the annual Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe conference
    * Alikhan, Areef: Department of Homeland Security
    * Arab American Action Network: Received money from Woods Fund when Obama was board member of Woods Fund
    * Barack H. Obama Foundation: Headed by President Obama’s half-brother, who oversees the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments
    * Asbahi, Mazen: National Coordinator for Muslim American Affairs (during 2008 presidential campaign)
    * Elibiary, Mohamed: Homeland Security Advisory Council
    * Husaini, Minha: National Coordinator for Muslim American Affairs (during 2008 presidential campaign)
    * Hussain, Rashad: Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
    * Khalidi, Rashid: Professor of Middle East Studies at Columbia University
    * Magid, Mohamed: Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism Working Group
    * Mattson, Ingrid: Invited by Obama advisor to work on the White House Council on Women and Girls
    * Mogahed, Dalia: Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
    * Obama, Abon’go Malik: the older half-brother of Barack Obama
    * Patel, Eboo: Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
    * Said, Edward

  • The The New York Times helped coverup the Holocaust.

  • Will Thompson

    Iran has proxy wars going on all over the place.
    Maybe Obama want’s to go down in history as the man who started the nuclear race in the middle east. Or maybe the man who started the war that wiped out the middle east with n nuclear bombs. Many Arab states are just as worried about Iran as Israel is is.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Speaking from the spot itself, Eretz Israel.
    We are really sorry to see to what depth of collapse has the US allowed itself to fall.
    But of course, few, expect those who Mr. Obama bought during his unsuccessful try to upend the democratic process, place any trust on his assurances.
    Iran will only relent, at least for quite some time, if made subject of a deep cleansing operation.
    Netanyahu knows in person and directly that any declaration emanating from him, his associates or anyone else telling us “we have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran”, will elicit drastic responses from the people.
    Just as the voters here slammed the all powerful Mr. Obama election buying onslaught, the same people will act harshly against any attempt to soft show dance into us accepting his and others plans.

  • elle

    Elliott Abrams nailed it just right,but not even one democrat came in Israels
    defense ,knowing this deal is a bad deal and not only for Israel,but also for America
    Obama could not answer the simplest question ,TF,how will the spot inspections work?
    BO,gave a 10m answer where in short he could have said
    there are no spot inspections .Isnt that what this whole agreement is about
    Having inspections ?