Geneva nuclear talks diplomats in line 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)
With the stroke of a pen in Geneva, the world has entered an alarming new phase,
one in which the United States has turned its back on its allies and embraced a
long-standing foe. Indeed, rather than ratcheting up the pressure on Iran,
Washington has instead turned up the heat on Israel, forcing the Jewish state
into a corner, and a dangerous one at that.
Make no mistake. The
agreement signed over the weekend between Iran and the West constitutes a
surrender of historic proportions, one that rewards the misbehavior of the
ayatollahs while punishing Israel’s steadfast reliability.
international diplomacy had its own Richter scale to measure the magnitude of
strategic earthquakes, Geneva 2013 would earn a place of pride alongside Munich
Consider the following: Since July 31, 2006, the United Nations
Security Council has adopted no less than six resolutions requiring the Iranians
to “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including
research and development.”
Nearly all these resolutions were adopted
under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which means they are legally binding on
Iran and all UN member states. Nonetheless, Tehran has merrily continued to
violate its international obligations, enriching uranium to its heart’s content
as it has advanced towards its goal of building a nuclear weapon.
Barack Obama and John Kerry, who agreed at Geneva to soften economic sanctions
against Iran while allowing their nuclear scientists to continue to enrich
uranium up to a level of five percent, even though such activity has been
In other words, the mullahs have now received an
imprimatur from Washington to continue violating the UN Security Council
resolutions which the US itself had supported.
This, by definition, is an
act of retreat in the face of Iranian obstinacy and disobedience, a move that
sends a perilous message of weakness precisely at a time when determination is
In effect, the Iranians are being told that if you violate and
obfuscate long enough, eventually the West will fold.
If that isn’t
appeasement, then what is? Moreover, the Geneva accord does not require Iran to
dismantle even a single centrifuge, leaving in place its future capacity to
surge forward towards the nuclear finish line at a time of its
Yet one thing that Geneva most certainly did accomplish is that
it tightened the screws on Israel, making it significantly more difficult for
Jerusalem to take unilateral military action in the coming months against
Iranian nuclear installations.
With much of the world pinning its hopes
on the flawed agreement with Iran, an Israeli resort to military force at this
time would elicit more than just the usual howls of protest from the
The Geneva accord appears designed to pen in
Israel more than it does Iran, an attempt to handcuff the Jewish state for the
next six months by vastly raising the diplomatic and political costs of military
And so, just as he has done with various other crises that have
arisen on his watch, Obama is once again kicking the can down the road, pushing
off the need to make hard decisions on Iran for a few months in the hopes that
something, anything, will enable him to avoid the moment of truth.
doing so, Obama is imperiling Israel and its future by signaling to Iran that he
is willing to live with a situation in which they are on the brink of the
nuclear threshold. For a president who famously told the Atlantic magazine in
March 2012 that “We’ve got Israel’s back,” Obama sure has a curious way of
showing it, by putting the squeeze on the Jewish state. Everyone who supports
Israel, Jew or Christian alike, should be alarmed by this turn of
The United States has recklessly rolled the dice with the fate of
its closest ally in the Middle East, inexplicably placing its faith in a rogue
regime, one that has repeatedly vowed to finish what Hitler began.
29 years ago, in 1984, that historian David S. Wyman published a seminal volume,
The Abandonment of the Jews, on America’s failure to stop the Nazi slaughter of
European Jewry. Marshaling painstaking evidence, Wyman conclusively demonstrated
that America and its leadership could have saved millions of Jews. In the
preface to his book, Wyman concluded with a simple yet chilling question, “Would
the reaction be different today?” Sadly, the agreement forged with Iran in
Geneva gives us a glimpse of what the answer might be.