In 2015, President Barack Obama was successful in passing the controversial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear deal. The deal received quite a response. President Trump has called the JCPOA “the worst deal he has ever seen.” Senator Ted Cruz has called the deal “catastrophic.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal an “existential threat to Israel.” Alan Dershowitz, the famed lawyer, former Harvard legal professor, and longtime Democrat, believes that Obama may eventually be compared to Neville Chamberlain, the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who signed a peace pact with Adolf Hitler.
The philosophy was simple: delay Iran’s nuclear program for a decade. After the decade was up, and the sunset clause went into effect (which sees the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program lifted), Iran would have moderated. Obama wanted this deal badly, and he was willing to do almost anything to get the insane agreement signed. He gave up the right to “anytime inspections.” He was willing to excuse the havoc that Iran’s leaders wreak across the Middle East. He was also willing to dismiss the fact that Iran finances terrorism in dozens of countries across the world. If that was not enough, he handed the terror regime $150 billion to seal the agreement. There are also new reports that Obama gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and money laundering operations inside the U.S.
To soften the blow to Israel, Obama invited PM Netanyahu to the White House to discuss a new military aid package. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was designed to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East. During the negotiations, Obama’s animus towards Israel became even clearer. The “appeaser in chief” whom the Iranian negotiators routed was nowhere to be found. He rejected Israel’s request of $4.5 billion in annual military aid. He also insisted that Israel make two damaging concessions. The first was that Israel would not be able to lobby congress for more money in the event that war broke out. He also demanded that Israel not be allowed to use 25 percent of the aid money for Israel’s domestic military industry. The MOU was a source of outrage to many in Israel’s military establishment, and also many within the Republican Party. Senator Lindsay Graham encouraged PM Netanyahu to reject the MOU and wait for a new administration. PM Netanyahu rightfully chose not to take such a reckless gamble and accepted the $38 billion dollar aid package.
Since the Iran deal has gone into effect, the results have been devastating to Israel. In Gaza, Iran has escalated its proxy war against Israel by showering Hamas with millions of dollars, enabling the terrorist organization to substantially boost its military capability. In early 2017, Hamas military leader Yahya Sinwar bragged that Hamas has “restored relations with Iran, and is “gearing up for future hostilities with Israel.” In 2016, Iran pledged 70 million dollars to the Gaza terrorist group Islamic Jihad, allowing the terror group to step up its terrorist activities, while providing salaries to the families of terrorists killed by the Israeli Defense Forces.
Yet the threats in Gaza pale in comparison to what is happening on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. Lebanon has now essentially been taken over by Iran’s proxy Hezbollah, which has now once again focused its attention on Israel, with ISIS now on the run. Iran has provided tens of millions of dollars (if not billions) to Hezbollah, whose capability now exceeds that of many state militaries. The IDF has called Hezbollah the most powerful non-state military in the world, and for good reason. Hezbollah is now an army of 50,000 strong. Hezbollah now possesses 150,000 missiles and rockets, which is more than the combined armies of 27 NATO countries. Many of these missiles (all provided by Iran) have long range capability. Israel has bombed dozens of Hezbollah targets since the signing of the JPCOA, as the terror group tries to smuggle weapons into Lebanon from Syria. Recently Israel bombed an Iranian military base in Syria, killing 12 Iranian Revolutionary guards.
However, the most frightening and glaring indication that Iran is preparing for war with Israel is the land corridor that Iran is constructing from Iran, Iraq, Syria, and all the way to Lebanon. This presents a grave danger to Israel, since once complete, it will put the Iranian military, on Israel’s border with Syria and Lebanon. Eventually Israel is going to say “enough,” and when that happens, Israel will be at war with Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. The UN will undoubtedly blame Israel, as it always does, during any conflict. However, the real blame should go to former President Obama, for financing Iran’s genocidal war on Israel.
EDITORS NOTE: This op-ed column originally appeared in The Geller Report.