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July 17, 2015 4:59 pm

A Deal With the Devil

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President Hassan Rouhani addressed his people on Tuesday in Tehran following announcement of the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Screenshot.

President Hassan Rouhani addressed his people on Tuesday in Tehran following announcement of the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Screenshot.

On Tuesday, following the announcement that the P5+1 countries (the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany) had finally reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed his people. Unable to contain his joy at having brought the “Great Satan” America to its knees — during Ramadan, no less — he began by paying tribute to Islam and the legacy of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

“Peace and blessings upon the pure souls of the prophets and the holy men, the great Prophet of Islam [Muhammad], the imams, the imam of the martyrs [Khomeini], and the exalted martyrs, especially the nuclear [scientists], and peace and blessings upon the Hidden Imam,” he said.

In his long and detailed speech, the English translation of which was provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Rouhani extolled Iranian negotiators for having held out against the West. He also took the opportunity, as a member of the “pragmatic” camp in Iran, to say “we told you so” to the “ideological camp,” which had strongly opposed negotiating with the West in the first place.

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Spelling out Iran’s accomplishments in Vienna, Rouhani said, “We aspired to achieve four goals: The first was to continue the nuclear capabilities, the nuclear technology, and even the nuclear activity. The second was to remove the mistaken, oppressive, and inhuman sanctions. The third was to remove the Security Council resolutions that we see as illegitimate. The fourth was to remove the nuclear dossier from Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter and the Security Council in general. All four goals have been achieved today. … Of course, as we know, the extraordinary efforts by diplomats, legal experts, economists and nuclear scientists continued throughout these past 23 months, in order to oversee these red lines so that we could achieve our goals.”

He followed up with a list of capitulations on the part of the P5+1, which he attributed to Iranian steadfastness. Among these are the number of centrifuges Iran will be able to retain — from a demand of a mere 100 at the start of the negotiations to a whopping 6,000 agreed to this week, 5,000 of which will continue to enrich uranium.

Another involves the period of Western “restrictions” on the nuclear program — from 20 years down to eight.

Where research and development are concerned, here, too, Rouhani said Iran got its way: “We wanted an agreement [under which] on the day of its implementation we would begin to inject gas into [advanced] IR-8 [centrifuges] and that is exactly what we achieved today.”

After naming a number of other points of victory for Iran, he raised the issue of sanctions. “On the day the agreement is implemented, all the sanctions — even the embargo on weapons, missiles and proliferation — will be lifted. … All the financial and banking sanctions, and those related to insurance, transportation, petrochemical [industries], precious metals, and all economic sanctions will be completely lifted, not frozen. Even the arms embargo will be stopped.”

This achievement, which will have the immediate effect of filling the till of the terrorist regime in Tehran with $100 billion, is cause for the greatest celebration. Still, Rouhani stressed the broader significance of the historic day when “the largest countries in the world and the superpowers officially recognized Iran’s nuclear activity.”

But, said Rouhani, Iranians are not the only ones pleased with this turn of events. “The people in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Lebanon are happy too, because the hollow efforts of the oppressive Zionist regime to thwart the negotiations during the past 23 months have failed.”

Rouhani ended with a message to the Arab countries in the region. “Do not be misled by the propaganda of the Zionist regime and the evil-mongers of this [Iranian] nation,” he warned. “Iran and its might are always your might. We see the security of the region as our security, and the stability of the region as our stability.”

On Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama held a press conference at the White House for the purpose of praising the nuclear agreement and patting himself on the back for having reached it. “The comprehensive long-term deal that we achieved with our allies and partners to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon represents a powerful display of American leadership and diplomacy,” he said. “It shows what we can accomplish when we lead from a position of strength and a position of principle when we unite the international community around a shared vision and we resolve to solve problems peacefully.”

Like Rouhani, Obama was touting his accomplishments. Unlike Rouhani, however, he had none to show for his efforts. And everybody realizes it, including Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate arbitrator.

The fact that the chief mullah did not nix the wording of Tuesday’s agreement — as he has done every other time his team of negotiators has met with representatives of the P5+1 over the years — is all one needs to know when forming an opinion. Indeed, Khamenei’s sole reservation about the deal has to do with his fear that it will not be upheld.

This he expressed in a letter to Rouhani on Wednesday. “Reaching a deal is a significant step,” he wrote. “But the text of the deal should be carefully scrutinized and the legal procedures should be taken so when the deal is ratified the other side cannot breach it. [After all,] some of the members of the P5+1 are not trustworthy.”

The irony here is as tragic as it is astounding. Israel, which is all too familiar with the “untrustworthy” nature of Obama and his partners in the crime against humanity they are all abetting, would be the first to assure Khamenei that, on this score, he has nothing to worry about.

Ruthie Blum is the web editor of Voice of Israel talk radio (voiceofisrael.com). This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 

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  • Preaching to the converted is OK. It helps us get our facts correct, but we should all be writing to the New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, and the German newspapers. We cannot hope to persuade even one non-believer by writing in our own media. I know it is difficult, but on occasion I have succeeded in getting a letter published in one of the hostile media outlets.

  • DockyWocky

    While Obama continues to blow his own horn over how slick and smart he was to reach a deal with the Iranian devils, the blatant fact is that Obama, and his partners in this crime against all humanity, have failed to convince any truly intelligent people that he made less than an even trade, and that most of those intelligent people realize that he is either plain stupid, or an agent of the ayatollahs.

  • Kevin Engle

    Munich, 1938 = Vienna, 2015

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

  • george beacock

    what a catastrophe reminds me of the old western How the west was won only this time it was won and hoodwinkle by the esat

  • ann levin

    Another victory for evil….
    Have no lessons yet been learnt from history.
    Shame on Obama and all who joined him in this Agreement.

  • rachel robinson

    The Iranians are bragging about their big “victory” against the USA. This was not their victory, this was Obama’s and Kerry’s enormous, gigantic failure. They did not represent even a minority of the citizens of this country by this agreement, they represented only the two of them, showing the whole world their weakness and their evil character.This brought nothing but shame on this once great and successful country. I do not know about others, but I will never never never forgive those traitors what they have done to all of us. This agreement, in the words of FDR,will forever live in infamy.

  • rachel robinson

    Why are you hiding those comments??

  • Julian Clovelley

    I think you need to get a hold on something. Nobody is listening. And you urgently need to ask why.

    The majority of people do not accept the religious claim to the land of Israel and many even doubt the real existence of Jews as anything other than a a delusional religion. At most they see Israel as the product of a 1947 United Nations attempt to bring peace and security to the Middle East

    The Zionist view has very little credibility. It attacks the United Nations Organisation. It demands the continued existence of both Settlements in Palestinian territory and a three-generation long Occupation of Palestinian land in the West Bank. It demands the continuation of a Gaza blockade that makes Gaza unsustainable, and it attacks any suggestion of a Palestinian State

    Highly respected organisations that serve the cause of Human Rights, such as Amnesty International, Oxfam,and even the Red Cross (especially the Geneva Conventions) are under unremitting attack. Even the International Criminal Court – largely an echo of the Nuremberg and Eichmann(sic) Trials comes under contemptuous assault

    Right wing Zionism attacks the American President and the Democrat Party and seeks to draw Jewish voters into the closest political ethos there is to the Fascist parties in Europe of the twenties. Even the Israeli Prime Minister seems to be a part of this crazy trend

    So why listen – why give Israel under its present regime an ounce of credibility? The world has not so much become more antisemitic – The sad reality is that this community – often seen as a Phantasm anyway – that some call “Jewish” – has exiled itself

    Sad – and very silly. And what does a person expect when raising these problems with a community for which they have much sympathy? – mostly a barrage of looney religious rants

    If Israel wants credibility then get the hell out of the West Bank. End the blockade and adopt a fully defensive position with multiculturalism promoted as the ideal within Israel’s secured boundaries. Nothing else was ever on offer

  • pierrehbocquee

    The west and Obama has sold out the world security for black gold (OIL) History does repeat itself, a peace accord with Hitler in 1938 showed the unwillingness of gutless men to take on the devil head on then and we are now in the boat. Thanks to God that His promises stand true and is irrevocable. Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you, God was referring to Abraham heirs (Israel) So come on, see how successful your evil plan to destroy Israel be. God will fight for Israel as He did in 1948,1967 and 1973.God Adonai will have the LAST LAUGH Ha Ha Ha.

  • elle

    24 days are more then enough to assemble a nuclear war head
    The p5+1 have no idea what Iran has possessed in the past in regards to
    fissile material ,the quantity of U235 needed for a bomb is not that much
    a uranium bomb is simple to assemble and by the time 24 days go by
    Iran might declare a successful detonation of a nuclear devise .

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