Sarah Pattison et. al.’s recent letter (July 30) supporting the proposed Iran deal demands comment.
Pattison begins by approvingly quoting Rep. John Garamendi: ” … if America were to simply walk away from this deal, it’s likely that the strong multilateral sanctions regime would collapse.”
Of course, the person who has most strongly advocated strengthening those sanctions is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. In his March speech before Congress, Netanyahu repeatedly pleaded for tougher sanctions as an alternative to the Obama administration’s false choice of “an agreement or war.”
Ironically, it was “pro-Israel” J Street that led a petition drive against Netanyahu’s speech headlined by the exclamation: “No, Mr. Netanyahu, you do not speak for me!” Pattison happens to be J Street’s chief representative in Davis.
Pattison goes on to note that “some Jewish leaders are negative about the deal, while many other Jews are in favor.” Not surprisingly, she includes J Street in this latter category with its absurd statement that the agreement “makes the U.S. and Israel safer.”
The Los Angeles Times (July 14) said this about one down side of the agreement: “… It releases billions of dollars in frozen assets (and) eventually will free Iran to start buying more conventional arms and ballistic missiles …”
Sitting here in Israel this morning with Iranian proxy Hamas on the Gaza border and Iranian proxy Hezbollah and Iranian troops on the Lebanese and Syrian borders, I think you can forgive Israelis for not seeing how billions of more Iranian dollars for these groups will make this region safer (latest poll: 76 percent oppose, 15 percent support).
Neither, by the way, can Egyptians, Jordanians and Saudi Arabians — all of whom have Iran knocking on their doors and all of whom have just announced new nuclear development programs. None of these countries look at continued Iranian uranium enrichment, an intact Iranian nuclear infrastructure and a one-year Iranian “breakout time” as in any way comforting.
One diplomat recently summed up the situation succinctly: ”Not only did the Iranians receive a warning time of 24 days (before inspection) to clean things up, apparently they don’t even need to worry because they’re the ones collecting the samples.”
Ashdod, Israel, and Davis