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Iran Successfully Plays for Time

American Jews overwhelmingly voted for President Obama. I hope one of their concerns isn’t Israel.

We are now in the process of a classic case, which will no doubt be studied for years and whose lessons – like those of previous such cases – will be thoroughly ignored for years, of the naive and craven being taken to the cleaners on the world stage by the crafty and ruthless.

Like all cavers and appeasers, President Obama wants peace at any cost, and so he wants to believe that bloodthirsty tyrants, such as the Iranian leaders, appreciate gestures of kindness and goodwill.

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When actually, bloodthirsty tyrants appreciate one thing: Other bloodthirsty tyrants. That’s why Hitler knocked off the democracies first before attacking Stalin.

Short of other bloodthirsty tyrants, they appreciate tough, uncompromising democrats. That’s why Hitler knew he’d have war with Britain once Churchill returned to the British Cabinet. By that point, though, he’d dealt with enough Chamberlains to think he could win.

Obama is operating under the principle that if he loosens sanctions, which he already, secretly, has done, the Iranians will a feel warm, tickling sensation under their asses and bargain away their nuclear weapons program. But if sanctions are what concern the Iranians, then only more sanctions are what will make them more concerned, and more likely to deal.

That’s how jackals think. They are primitive, if devious creatures who try to avoid pain, and who will also swallow treats without the least thought that they “owe” anything in return.

Obama is under a classic delusion of American liberals: He thinks the rest of the world is nice, like us. They’re not.

The emerging deal, as far as I can tell, loosens sanctions further while forcing Iran to give up nothing it has built. Critical work can continue on its plutonium plant, its invaluable centrifuges, and even to some degree, its uranium enrichment.

As negotiations slog on, the Persians will do everything they can to get themselves closer to the point they can quickly make a weapon, they’ll continue with whatever secret program we don’t know about, and they’ll horde any cash they can collect now that sanctions are reduced so they’ll have enough money to tide them over once it’s time to give everyone in Geneva the finger.

Prime Minister Netanyahu today sounded almost desperate. I imagine he wishes, as Jeffrey Goldberg writes over at Bloomberg, that he struck Iran a few years ago.

Netanyahu called this “the deal of the century” for Iran.

The White House is making a big deal of the fact that sanctions can be placed back on Iran at any time. Really? Everyone else is going to agree? By that time, will the sanctions be revived TO GET IRAN TO GIVE UP ITS NUCLEAR WEAPON?

Obama won’t revive any sanctions. And it doesn’t seem he’s seriously entertaining “all options on the table” for handling Iran. Barack “keep your insurance” Obama has shown he can’t be trusted. Here, as matter of fact, is White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest today offering up some decidedly deceptive spin, similar to what his boss Jay Carney said Thursday.

Asked about Israel’s objection to the deal, Earnest proclaimed:

It’s also important for observers in this process to not lose sight of the fact that the United States and Israel are in complete agreement about the need to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon . . .

Well, I think a lot of what I said about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments applies to the concerns that have been raised by the Saudis, which is it is in the interest of the United States and our allies all across the world and in the region that Iran not obtain a nuclear weapon.  That is precisely the effort that we are engaged in right now.

But the question wasn’t about the U.S. commitment to Israel or keeping nuclear weapons from Iran. It was about this particular deal. Earnest wants to give the false impression that the United States and Israel are on the same page.

White House Dossier has obtained some video of President Obama comforting Netanyahu. We share this exclusive video with you below.

Netanyahu Rejects Obama Plan in Front of Obama

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu today rejected the key proposal in President Obama’s Thursday address on the Middle East, stating unequivocally that Israel will not return to the 1967 borders.

Netanyahu, in deeply personal remarks made in the Oval Office after the two leaders met, called the borders indefensible and said they had created the temptation for past attacks.

While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines — because these lines are indefensible; because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.

Remember that, before 1967, Israel was all of nine miles wide.  It was half the width of the Washington Beltway.

While saying he planned to continue to try to find a peace deal, Netanyahu ruled out negotiating with Hamas and said the Palestinians could forget about the right of return, a key demand that would allow those who left after the 1948 war of Israeli independence to repopulate Israel and effectively end the Jewish character of the state.

Leaning forward as the two men sat in adjoining chairs, Netanyahu seemed to be almost pleading with a physically recoiling Obama to understand that Jewish history had passed the task of safeguarding his people onto him in his role as prime minister.

And now it falls on my shoulders as the Prime Minister of Israel, at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the Middle East, to work with you to fashion a peace that will ensure Israel’s security and will not jeopardize its survival.  I take this responsibility with pride but with great humility, because, as I told you in our conversation, we don’t have a lot of margin for error.  And because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.

Obama in his remarks did not mention his proposal of yesterday to start negotiations with the assumption of a return to the 1967 borders. He sought to minimize differences that occurred during the 90 minutes of one on one meetings between the two leaders.

Obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and language, and that’s going to happen between friends.  But what we are in complete accord about is that a true peace can only occur if the ultimate resolution allows Israel to defend itself against threats, and that Israel’s security will remain paramount in U.S. evaluations of any prospective peace deal.

Ninety minutes of meetings between world leaders without the crutch of aides is a remarkable testament to the knowledge and confidence of both men. And if the two leaders didn’t know whether to like or dislike each other before, they know now. And judging by Obama’s body language during the session, it doesn’t seem like they suddenly became buddies.

Obama and Netanyahu Make Nice

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu went to extraordinary lengths today to showed they had made up, possibly even kissed too, explaining to the world and U.S. Jewish voters that the relationship between Israel and the United States . . . is just wonderful.

Obama showed unprecedented rudeness  to a foreign leader – that I’ve seen covering the White House anyway – last time Netanyahu dropped by, cutting short his meetings with him and refusing to take a picture.  This time, he walked it all back emphatically.

A few of Obama’s quotes:

I just completed an excellent one-on-one discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and I want to welcome him back to the White House.

So I just want to say, once again, that I thought the discussion that we had was excellent.

I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants peace. I think he’s willing to take risks for peace.

And so on, and so forth.

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Because your kiss - your kiss is what I miss!

Asked by an Israeli reporter if he regretted that in the past year he had “distanced yourself from Israel and gave a cold shoulder to the prime minister,” – all of which is true, Obama got prickly:

“Well, let me first of all say that the premise of your question was wrong, and I entirely disagree with it,” he said.

Obama added that “what I have consistently shared with him is my interest in working with him, not at cross purposes.”

As opposed to the usual method of working together at cross purposes. Huh?

Netanyahu was more measured than the effusive Obama, but he too was up for the happy talk:

Here I’ll have to paraphrase Mark Twain, that the reports about the demise of the special U.S.-Israel relationship aren’t just premature, they’re just flat wrong.

There is a — there’s a depth and richness of this relationship that is expressed every day. Our teams talk. We don’t make it public. The only thing that’s public is that you can have differences on occasion in the best of families and the closest of families. That comes out public and sometimes in a twisted way too.

Netanyahu was particularly focused on Iran’s nuclear weapons quest, which is of some concern to Israel because, well, Iran has said it intends to use the weapon against Israel.

While trying to sound supportive of the sanctions route, he made clear that one should not assume this will be enough.

I think the latest sanctions adopted by the U.N. create illegitimacy or create de-legitimization for Iran’s nuclear program, and that is important. I think the sanctions the president signed the other day actually have teeth. They bite. The question is how much do you need to bite is something I cannot answer now, but if other nations adopted similar sanctions, that would increase the effect.

Obama tiptoed around the issue of whether he is demanding that Israel extend its settlement freeze, offering up some careful diplomaticese that suggested he still wants this.

I do think that there are a range of confidence-building measures that can be taken by all sides that improve the prospects of a successful negotiation.

And, interestingly, from the White House reporters’ pool report by Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune, this final show of respect:

At 1:56 pm, the president and prime minister emerged from the Oval Office and walked toward the motorcade, talking as they went. Obama saw Netanyahu into a black limo, gave him a final wave and waited until the motorcade pulled away.

All in all, everyone achieved their mutual goal of expressing that the U.S.-Israeli bond – and even the Barack-Bibi bond – is tight, whatever the truth of the matter.