A Further Perspective

Santa’s Nuclear Wish List

Iranians are the new Palestinians.

By 12.2.13


So the just concluded nuclear agreement with Iran isn’t really an agreement after all. As State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki replied, when asked when the interim deal, which is supposed to last for six months, goes into effect: “That’s a good question.” The “next step,” she continued, is a series of “technical discussions at the working level so we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement.”

In other words, what the brilliant team of negotiators drew up in Geneva is essentially a “wish list” to Santa Claus. How, when, where — or even whether —  Santa delivers on those wishes remains to be determined “through discussions at the working level.”

Meanwhile, Iran has agreed to do absolutely nothing, and the regime can continue building its bombs and their delivery systems to its heart’s content — all the while basking in the glow of its newly won reputation for moderation.

And once those “technical discussions” dealing with the minor matter of “implementation” begin, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Iranians will drag out the deliberations as long as possible. After all, these deliberations are their best insurance against an Israeli military strike.

You can also rest assured that the regime will let it be known, through highly-sensitive, back-channel sources, that Iran’s “hawks” are on the offensive. If the “doves” are to have a fighting chance of survival, the United States must unilaterally suspend at least some of its sanctions. Without these “confidence-building” measures the talks will fail and Obama will be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear infrastructure — something he desperately wants to avoid.

Of course, we have come across these “confidence-building” measures before. Whenever Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the verge of negotiations, those poor, oppressed, helpless Palestinians run to the Americans and Europeans and tearfully complain that for the talks to resume, those vicious Israelis must first offer “confidence-building” measures — like releasing captured terrorists or unilaterally halting settlement construction. When the Israelis refuse to go along with Palestinian demands, a mini-crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations invariably ensues, the EU threatens to suspend future cooperation with Israel… and eventually Israel caves. Then the negotiations begin, only to break down after a few months…to be followed by new Palestinian demands for “confidence building” measures…and so on, ad infinitum.

The Palestinians have successfully followed this strategy for years. Can the Iranians afford to do less?

The Geneva talks did resolve one important question, though. When Iran’s Supreme Leader called Israelis “subhuman” and likened them to “rabid dogs,” President Obama did not see fit to respond. That tells us all we need to know about our president’s moral character, and his “unalterable” commitment to Israel’s survival.

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Joseph Shattan is the author of Architects of Victory: Six Heroes of the Cold War.