When Trump lambasts that the Iran Deal is “the worst deal in history,” he is not, as is often the case, filling the room with hot air. Though by all accounts Iran has stuck to the letter of the law with its deal to stop enriching most of its uranium and giving up 75% of its centrifuges, the 150 billion dollars injected into its economy directly plus the incalculable benefit of lifting sanctions has done little to make Iran a friend of the West. All Iran has done is escalate the conflict in Syria and six other countries by using its Iran deal acquired economic strength to fund Shia terrorist armies. This is why I find it so puzzling that the neoliberal establishment countries of France, Germany and the UK are so against reworking the terms of the deal, even as Iran creates proxy armies against their ally Saudi Arabia, while threatening the security of Israel.
Iran has become like so many other agendas of the left, some sort of sacred cow. While many people rightly see the Iran Deal as what Trump would call “a disaster,” the media looks at any critique of “Obama’s great diplomatic victory” as conspiratorial. Even though the press has covered in great detail how Obama adviser Ben Rhodes created an echo-chamber in the press to garner support for a largely negative negotiation wherein America is giving up 150 billion dollars to and empowering one of the world’s most repressive regimes that just happens to fund Hezbollah, this echo chamber still exists.
To the left, anything that Obama accomplished is a net positive, regardless of the results. While I do like that Iran does not seem to be developing nuclear weapons, they will be in eight years when the deal expires, or whenever they decide the time is right to rather than just destabilize the Middle East to make a full-scale assault to dethrone Saudi Arabia as the leading power. While I also find Saudi Arabia’s domestic policies as well as their desire to further the agenda of the most repressive form of Islam called Wahhabism throughout Europe appalling, I am a practical person.
The most pressing need at the moment is Israel’s security and with four rockets from Iran’s ally Syria happening to land in the Golan Heights of Israel last week, it seems like an inevitable conclusion that instability in the Middle East driven by a holy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia will eventually weaken the state of Israel. I don’t think strengthening these two powers will ever net positive results. Israel needs to stand firm with Trump and question the status quo as the world does everything in its power to condemn the one liberal democracy in the Middle East.
What we learn from Iran and the sad state of affairs when the West is forced to ally themselves with their ideological enemy Saudi Arabia, is that the world is in an irresolvable crisis. Though Israel’s one desire is to remain safe and neutral in this balagan (fiasco), somehow Syria is presenting to the United Nations that Israel is to blame for the instability in the region. When it comes to Israel, the level of irrational thoughts and blame is never ending. No military or political solution will ever save Israel as long as the public sentiment views Israel as an oppressive war criminal apartheid regime, when in reality they are surrounded by the least humane powerful nations in the world and only fighting for survival. With the world fighting Israel above rational explanation, it is Israel’s purpose to unite as one and fulfill the ideological mission of our ancestors to be a light to the world. This will only happen if Israel realizes the ideals of love and unity it was founded on in 1948, because no matter what détentes Israel agrees to with the world, the world will continue to blame the one Jewish state for everything in the Middle East. Rather than fight the world, it is the responsibility of Israel to fight the selfishness of human nature and come to a common prayer to build peace in the world together through our selflessness and unity. Only if Israel is united will the world see the state as an example instead of an enemy.
Jesse Bogner is a twenty nine year old author, screenwriter and journalist. His memoir and social critique, The Egotist, has been translated into four languages. In 2013, he moved from New York City, where he was born and raised, abandoning a decadent lifestyle chockfull of substance abuse, to study Kabbalah in Israel. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel. He has been featured in misleading articles from media outlets including CNN, Wired Magazine and others. He is currently writing a novel.