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September 1, 2015 2:04 pm

Former Head of Israeli Intel Calls for Parallel US-Israel Pact to Mitigate Iran Nuclear Deal

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U.S. President Barack Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office. Photo: Wikiipedia.

U.S. President Barack Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office. Photo: Wikiipedia.

The former head of Israel’s military intelligence, Aman, called on Monday for a parallel agreement between the United States and Israel to mitigate the “problematic” elements sown by the nuclear accord between Iran and world powers.

Writing for Israel’s Institute of National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, a former Israel Air Force pilot who was also the IDF attache in Washington, said the nuclear agreement between Iran and the U.S.-led P5+1 presents Israel with several “potential dangers,” most notably that Iran will renege on its commitments or exploit the deal itself to dash for nuclear weapons, whether domestically or by acquiring or developing nuclear weapons in another country.

To counter this and the conventional threats Iran poses through its missile programs, regional meddling and support for terrorist proxies — such as Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border — the U.S. and Israel should negotiate a 10-year memorandum of understanding, also suggested by President Barack Obama, to ensure Israel’s security. This understanding should include concrete measures to counter the nuclear  and conventional threats posed by Tehran.

Among Yadlin’s more creative suggestions is working to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “murderous” regime, which is closely allied with Iran and its powerful Revolutionary Guard. The Guard’s secretive Quds Force operates to spread the regime’s “Islamic Revolution” outside Iranian territory, and the group has focused its efforts on the Syrian civil war in recent years, apparently to guarantee that Assad remains in power.

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Yadlin said working with the U.S. to remove Assad from power, as well as working to isolate Hezbollah and stop the flow of weapons to the Lebanese group, which has been heavily engaged in defending the Assad regime from competing factions, would be an effective blow to Iranian interference in the eastern Mediterranean.

Additionally, Yadlin said, the U.S. should promote recognition of Israeli sovereignty in its share of the Golan Heights captured from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, especially given Syria’s precipitous “dissolution.” He also said the U.S. should recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, even without a separate accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

This, Yadlin said, is especially relevant, as U.S.-Israeli relations hit a critical snag due to the nuclear deal with Iran, and such political measures would demonstrate to Iran “the strength of their bilateral alliance, and the far-reaching levels of support Israel enjoys among the American people and in Congress.”

Yadlin was responding in part to a missive sent by Obama to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) shortly before the New York Democrat announced his support for the deal — much to the chagrin of a very vocal group of his constituents — which discussed 10-year agreements on U.S. military funding, co-development of new missile defense systems, tunnel detection and mapping technologies.

Yadlin said the threats outlined by Obama paled in comparison to the strategic threat of a nuclear Iran.

“It is important to understand, however, that compared to the strategic nuclear threat emanating from Iran, issues like tunneling are of tactical, secondary importance. The potential risk they pose to Israel is orders of magnitude lower than the risk posed by Iran and its proxies,” he wrote.

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  • Mandrake

    I am having difficulty submitting my comments, my answer is to Julian, please delete duplicates as I assume you will do. Thanks

  • Mandrake

    Julian: Great idea only if all Arab/Islamic countries recognize Israel right to exist and all the West Bank and Gaza become a completely demilitarized area and all jews who were forced to leave Arab countries are adequately compensated.

  • Mandrake

    Julian: Great idea only if all Arab/Islamic countries recognize Israel right to exist and all the West Bank and Gaza become a completely demilitarized area and all jews who were forced to leave Arab countries are adequately compensated.Julian: Great idea only if all Arab/Islamic countries recognize Israel right to exist and all the West Bank and Gaza become a completely demilitarized area and all jews who were forced to leave Arab countries are adequately compensated.

  • nelson marans

    While the administration is attempting to woo those who oppose the Iran deal by considering to supply additional arms to Israel, it comes at a cost to the Jewish state,namely much higher military expenditures. While increased arms shipments by U. S. manufacturers will help the finances of our arms supplier, it would damage the Israeli economy.
    If President Obama wants to really help and I doubt it, the increased military aid would be free and not tied into political machinations of the administration.

  • Yoel Larry

    Can America, after Israel’s ‘Obama experience’, be even relied upon anymore?

  • DockyWocky

    Gee. You would think that the Izzies had some reason to not trust Iran, or the SOB, Obama.

    Here’s hoping that the Izzies get a chance to take out both before things get out of hand.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Israel would have no difficulty negotiating defence agreements if it got out of the West Bank entirely – closing all Jewish settlements – ending the occupation and offering to negotiate further over Jerusalem in fifty years

    • Steve B

      Julian…you are 1000% wrong on many levels!
      1. When Israel GAVE Gaza to the “Palestinians”, did they get peace or more terrorist attacks?
      2. Why should Israel vacate Judea and Samaria? They belong to Israel…always did, always will.
      3. Why should Israel negotiate over Jerusalem, the undisputed, historical capital of Israel?

    • ted weiss

      shameon you for your comments they are adhorent

  • Michael Mayben

    Obama has no real desire to deal with the future catastrophic events which will impact Israel due to the Iran Deal. He says he’s concerned about the security of Israel but in his evil heart he doesn’t care what happens to Israelis only in making sure the Iran Deal becomes reality.

  • Al Talena

    Menachem Begin had said “There is no guarantee that can guarantee an internayional guarantee.”

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