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August 14, 2015 12:50 am

Mideast Expert: After Iran Deal, Netanyahu Should be Considered for Nobel Prize

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking on CBS's 'Face the Nation,' on November 10, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / CBS.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “unwittingly enabled” the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Vice President at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars Aaron David Miller argued in Foreign Policy on Thursday.

After decades of pursuing a hard line against Iran’s state-sponsoring of terror and voicing concern over the country’s apparent desire for nuclear weapons (which Iran denies it ever had), it was Netanyahu and Israeli pressure, and threats of a military strike, which created the sense of urgency that brought the U.S. led by President Barack Obama and Iran to the negotiating table, wrote Miller, who quipped that the Israeli premier should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize should the deal be implemented.

Miller noted that Netanyahu raised the Iranian threat — a position he wrote was infused in the prime minister’s DNA — already in 1995 in his book Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorism, and then just a year later during an address to Congress, where he called Iran the “most dangerous” of the Middle East’s “unreconstructed dictatorships whose governmental creed is based on tyranny and intimidation.”

Even then, Netanyahu insisted that the responsibility for preventing the nuclearization of terror-supporting Middle East governments rested exclusively on the United States, the dominant world power.

Later, after suspicious elements of Iran’s nuclear program were revealed, Netanyahu upped the ante when reports indicated Israel was on the threshold of launching air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, which Miller wrote galvanized the Obama administration into mobilizing its European allies to negotiate with Iran.

Miller also noted that Netanyahu’s staunch disapproval of both the November 2013 interim agreement and the April 2015 framework provided Iranian hard-liners with the political capital needed to sell the deal at home: since Israel’s rejection is so fierce, it must be good for Iran, went the logic.

Additionally, Netanyahu’s injection into the U.S. foreign policy debate hardened Obama to pursue the nuclear deal, even if that meant backtracking on so-called red lines his administration had previously set.

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  • zadimel

    Where are the three comments?

  • zadimel

    Miller’s suggestion has to be a cynical effort to cast blame on the Jewish state’s desire to warn the world against the repeated calls by the religious leadership and government of Iran to annihilate the Jewish State and Jews everywhere. PM Netanyahu’s warning to its closest ally and to other nations seemed to illustrate the hypocricy of the former’s administration and his “red lines.”

  • Hillel

    What a cop out. So now it’s the Jew’s fault again that the antiemetic Obama and the antis emetic Europeans went to bed with the flee ridden swine and exchanged vital fluids.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Aaron David Miller, such a flip comment as yours brings sadness to my countenance. With all of Mr. Netanyahu’s heart and soul he has been focused on this one issue for so many years, and for a person in a high profile setting like the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars to utter such a back-handed slap through his choice of words darkens the mood of this reader profoundly.