On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress. Some selected excerpts and my comments follow:
I’m standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.
Exactly so. The differences between any modern Western nation in general and the United States in particular and Iran, a theocratic terror-state, are so stark as to be staggering. Iran exports hatred and terror on a scale not seen since Adolf Hitler shot himself in a Berlin bunker in 1945. But there’s a major difference; Hitler failed to gain a nuclear warhead.
Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America.
Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.
In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.
Again, exactly so. Iran and ISIS are competing for leadership of the nutbag radical Islamist community, but there’s still a major difference between the two: ISIS is unlikely to gain a nuclear warhead.
This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.
If anyone thinks — if anyone thinks this deal kicks the can down the road, think again. When we get down that road, we’ll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare.
Iran can only become more dangerous if the Western world allows them to achieve nuclear weapons.
Israel’s stance, described by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, is all too clear: Israel will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear warhead, almost certainly due to the high likelihood that Iran will use that nuke on Tel Aviv, Haifa or some other Israeli city.
The deal the Obama Administration is offering is far too lenient. Iran must immediately cease any and all nuclear development, dismantle their nuclear sites, and open their country to international inspectors, openly, freely, without condition, their only alternative being severe and painful sanctions.
The other option would appear to be war. Israel may well be the first to “cry Havoc,” but it’s also very likely that Iran will strike first.
What the rest of the civilized world is wondering is this: “What will America do?” As long as President Obama is in office, the answer is almost certainly “not much.”
Israel knows that. So does Iran.