Supporters of the Iran Nuclear Deal Should and Will Be Called Traitors
Jewish communal leader Jeff Wiesenfeld, an old friend, said this week, “We are [dividing into two groups] once again: those who stand with Stephen Wise and those who stand with the Bergson Group and the Vaad Hatzala [the Committee for Rescuing Jews in Europe from the Holocaust].”
A mere 70 years ago, wartime American-Jewish leader Rabbi Stephen Wise was quiet until it was too late to help the six million Jews of Europe who perished at the hands of the Nazis.
The Bergson Group did the opposite, heroically taking a moral stand against the Nazis, through street protests, open advertisements. and other activities. This earned the Bergson Group — followers of revisionist-Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky — condemnation on the part of the American Jewish community for not being “nice.”
Today, Israel is facing an existential threat that could be just as dangerous. Israelis across the political spectrum acknowledge this.
Even Zionist Union party Knesset Member Eitan Cabel, a fierce and constant critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, noted the consensus in Israel on the issue of a nuclear Iran. “This time, it is definitely not a matter of Right or Left,” he said. “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.”
American Jews must take heed and stop being “nice.” Those who do not stand against Iran must suffer severe political consequences.
As The New York Observer reported on Thursday, in an email listserv chain “of hawkish New York Jewish thought leaders” attacking Jewish Congressman Jerry Nadler for coming out in support of the Iran deal, Wiesenfeld wrote: “There must be sanction against conduct which Black, Hispanic, Asian and other Americans would not tolerate against THEIR interests, We are the outlying fools.”
Indeed, Nadler and others who vote for the deal will be hounded for the rest of their careers for supporting this act of treachery. One can expect to see many more editorials calling Nadler a traitor. Naturally, our ethnic group — like any other — will shun those who fail their people during a dire time of need.
On June 22, 1982, Joe Biden, at the time a senator from Delaware, confronted then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing. Begin responded to one of Biden’s questions as follows:
I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them.
Principles matter. The Obama administration has made a deal with the devil that endangers the entire Western world. Those who stand with the devil will be protested — whether or not they are Jews with “trembling knees.”
From the author: “Ronn Torossian is – sadly – a Nadler constituent. He wishes to add that as an American, Nadler should have opposed the deal, as it endangers America.”