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April 9, 2015 2:12 pm

Leading Opposition Knesset Member on Iran Nuclear Agreement: ‘On This Matter Alone, I Stand Behind Netanyahu’

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Zionist Union MK Eitan Cabel, one of the Prime Minister's staunchest critics, said he stands behind Netanyahu on the matter of the Iranian nuclear deal.

Leading opposition Knesset Member Eitan Cabel of the Zionist Union party gave an unexpected endorsement of Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday, saying that he stood behind the Prime Minister over the “extremely worrisome” nuclear framework agreement with Iran.

Cabel wrote on his Facebook page that he “refuse[s] to join the flock of followers applauding the nuclear deal with Iran,” saying that the deal worried him so much, that it gave him insomnia.

The MK also criticized the United States in his post, for its continuous and multiple concessions to Iran on the road to obtaining a deal, saying, “When an extremist clerical regime gets – with a proven record of terror and cheating – gets permission to come within reach of a nuclear bomb, I am very concerned.”

He then criticized the track record of the United States and the West in dealing with Iran, saying that it also espoused very little confidence in the deal. “When those tasked with monitoring that the agreement will not be violated themselves have a proven track record of disregarding the red lines that they themselves have set – I am even more concerned.”

He also displayed little confidence in President Obama’s assurances, saying, “President Obama promised yesterday, ‘if the Iranians cheat,the world will know.’ But isn’t this exactly what the Americans promised after the agreement with North Korea?”

Cabel, who is one of Netanyahu’s most prominent and strident critics, added that, “On this matter alone, I stand behind Benjamin Netanyahu” according to Israel’s Channel 10 news.

Cabel added that the consensus in Israel on the issue of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons was above party or political differences, saying that, “this time, it is definitely not a matter of Right or Left,” and adding that even “With all the criticism there is about how [Netanyahu] conducted the struggle against the agreement, the struggle itself is just. Against a nuclear Iran, there is no opposition or coalition. We are all Israelis.”

On Wednesday, another prominent dovish politician spoke out against the Obama administration’s framework agreement with Iran, announced last week.

In an interview on CNBC, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak said, “All of us prefer a solution that might be reached through negotiations, but in order to negotiate, the other side should understand and believe… that if they will not come to terms with the real demands, to put all of the enriched material out of Iran, to close Fordo, to stop all working on weaponization, on making the preparations for weapons. If all this is not agreed right now, they face the alternatives.”

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  • Monty Pogoda

    Kudos to all who support Netanyahu.

  • Abu Nudnik

    This is a red line. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period. It was a video. It was a lone wolf. It was a rogue operator in the Cincinnati office. I am not a king. I can’t pass amnesty alone, that’s not how it works.

    Has he said anything true?

  • This alleged deal is nothing more that a bunch of concessions made by the USA. They caved in immediately. Under the leadership of John Kerry who turns out to be a man seeking fame at the cost of being a boob in the minds of most reasonable thinking men. Obama just wants fame and continues to show the world he doesn’t have a clue in anything he tries to achieve. So far both have been a waste of time, money and a minimum of effort.

  • Barak 0bama WANTS Iran to nuke Israel off the map – like all Muslims. Americans DONT want that. We are upset at 0bama!
    I feel totally helpless apart from praying.

  • Israel faces two very serious life and death issues. They are the question of Iran (not just the bomb) and how to deal with 4 million ‘Palestinians’?
    There are no easy answers but Israel has been there before many times. Look at the 3000 plus years of history and every time the answer has been ‘Look to God’ with humility, repentance and prayer. Seek God’s word and then the impossible becomes possible.
    No well intended advice or pressure from from foreigners will help especially as they don’t understand and really don’t care.
    Now is the time for leadership from the Israeli Knesset and Israel’s prime minister. Move forward with God’s blessing and Israel will be blessed again. Without god’s blessing retribution will follow.
    Don’t trust me or anyone else, instead go to your scriptures.

    May God bless Israel, again.

  • If Herzog, Livni and Lapid, to name a few had supported Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and attended with him, it may ahve had a greater impact, instead of using it for narrow political gains which they didn’t make anyway. If Israelis don’t stand together on important issues, then we are doomed. Why didn’t Cabel speak out before the elections. Politics?

  • Timmy Lamse

    I read your e-newsletter nearly every day because I find it so very interesting and insightful. My son, Brian Mast, the American Wounded Warrior, who went to Israel for the sole purpose of volunteering in your Army to help you maintain your freedom and defend your borders against terrorists and terrorism in January 2015, came home and emailed your newsletter address to all his family and friends. I don’t know about the rest of them but I have continued to keep and read your newsletter. I don’t subscribe to our local newspaper and I don’t even watch the nightly news. The stories stay the same, only the names and faces change.
    Brian decided to go to Israel after he heard numerous anti-Semitic rants, last June while he was on the campus of Harvard attending class, about Israel and her right to defend herself against terrorist missiles. Brian believes in Israel’s right to maintain freedom and her right to protect her borders from terrorists and terrorism. While he was in Israel, he must have spoken to someone from the Sudan or someone who knows someone who is a refugee from Africa because he told me that the refugees do not want to be sent away from Israel. He said they do not have freedom in their own country and that’s why they want to stay in Israel. They have freedom in Israel. They do not have to be afraid that they will be killed simply because they are a _____.
    Brian supports Israel and so do I. As an American I support you and as a Christian American I doubly support you. Your articles sometimes lump all of us Americans into one and the same basket. Please do not do that to us who support you. We do not deserve nor do we want to be lumped together with President Obama and/or those who think and believe as he does about Israel. Even if there are only a few million Christian Americans who support you, we deserve to be separated from those who do not. Perhaps you could say something like, “SOME Americans BELIEVE in Israel’s right to maintain freedom and defend her borders against terrorists and terrorism. President Obama speaks for THE Americans who believe as he does about Israel, that she should not have that right, however, he does not speak for America as a whole country so for that reason I, David Daoud, the author of this article, apologize to those pro-Israeli Americans I have insulted. Yes, the word insult is a strong word, David, but you have put us into a basket with a serpent.
    We know you did not mean to offend us but the truth is you did. I believe that President Obama speaks for a minority in our country. Its just that the news media quotes him. Even the people who put him in office, don’t all support him anymore.
    Brian said something like, “If America has freedom, Israel will have freedom. If Israel does not have freedom, America will not maintain her freedom.”
    That is the very reason why our State Department person should have made it a package deal of America/Israel with Iran. An all or nothing deal. He is a serpent, too. I think it was an Obama Deal not a deal that was good for America and definitely not Israel.
    I pray for your country and all the people within your borders everyday. If the people who are not Israeli Jews, but still living within your borders, were smart, they would be shouting to the world that they do not want some other country to send missiles into the country where they are living because they don’t want to be blown up nor do they want to live in a destroyed and bombed-out country that looks like the other war zones of the Middle East. I don’t see what the terrorists of the Middle East find so glamorous about living in bombed-out shells of houses and yet that seems to be what they want the rest of the world to look like. Perhaps their brains have been jarred one too many times from their own exploding bombs. The foreigners living in Israel should be begging us to help them stay free from border missiles that are pointing at Israel. As Cabel said, ‘We are all Israelis.”

  • Max

    Neville Chamberlain returned to London from Munich in 1938 waving the agreement he had signed with Hitler and declaring that he and Hitler had agreed to provide humanity with “peace in our time.” Obama is the contemporary Neville Chamberlain and unfortunately we will all be sorry in due course because he and his equally naive European partners signed a piece of paper less valuable or meaningful than toilet paper.

  • shloime

    this is encouraging news on the one hand, that israeli politicians are rising above partisan politics, and on the other hand it is very worrying, because that only happens in the face of very real and imminent danger.

    and if only washington would notice this, or care.

  • Iran the destabilizing factor in the Middle East and beyond..
    The PM stated the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.”
    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

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    great news, it’a time for it. For Israel’s sake, political adversaries must not be enemies

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    great newa, it’a time for it. For Israel’s sake, political adversaries must not be enemies

  • TheAZCowBoy

    Attila-SATANyahu-the-Hun’ is joined in the approval of his massacre of unarmed Palestiian civilian innocents in Gaza and now the SATANyahu attempt to guide US foreign policy from Jerusalem also wins the approval of the Knesset MK hyena’s.

    Jewish vermin, the Holocaust left too many things undone. There are a few million people across rhe planet that would also agree with that thought.


    Praise GOD, that even Eitan Cabel will stand with Benjamin Netanyahu. This stand should be as a blow to Obama, Kerry & the rest of the world.

  • Emanuel

    so to be a MK you pander to leftists and bring shame on all Jews and Israel and when push comes to shove you are a weak, disloyal, liar, typical privileged leftist.