GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, Nov. 9, 2015 — On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sit down with President Barack Obama for the first time since their very public spat over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Deal, which Obama agreed to in October.
The meetings will certainly make for good TV. One possibility is that the two leaders “kiss and make up,” and the media will fawn over Mr. Obama the great peacemaker, reigning in the fearmonger Netanyahu. Heck, he might even be put up for another Nobel Peace Prize. The other conceivable result is that the reality show that is the Obama-Netanyahu relationship takes a turn for the Kardashian, with further smack-talk and name-calling dominating the news cycle.
While there are two diametrically opposed possible outcomes to these meetings, the ultimate ramifications of either result is negligible.
This is because the moment Obama and the rest of the P5 signed off on the JCPOA, there was nothing any of them could ever say to Israel to make things better. This includes a promise from the White House to increase Israel defense aid, which Netanyahu will allegedly be seeking.
No matter what Obama says to Bibi or anyone else, by signing the JCPOA the United States, for at least the remainder of Obama’s presidency, he has chosen Iran over Israel as its key ally in the Middle East. Like it or not, teaming up with either one of those countries is a mutually exclusive deal.
The fact is that the Iran Deal has already begun to bear jihadist fruit for Israel on both its northern and southern border.
Up north in Lebanon, Israel has been battling the Iran-proxy terror regime Hezbollah for three decades. America, as one of Israel’s staunchest allies in the past, assisted Israel monetarily and militarily in keeping Hezbollah at bay. In the post-JCPOA era, the opposite is true.
As Tony Badran explains in his Oct. 30 piece in Tablet magazine, “The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah.” The reason, Badran explains, is that, if the White House insists on keeping Iran happy, which it must do to keep the deal in place and protect what Obama plans to trumpet as his greatest foreign policy achievement, he must bend to their will on anything not related to their nuclear program, including Iran’s actions in Syria.
As to the question of what exactly is Iran’s interest in Syria that America must commit itself to ensuring, Badran explains, “Very simply, it is to preserve the land bridge to Lebanon through which it supplies Hezbollah with heavy weapons like long-range missiles that can’t be moved any other way.”
Thus, by pledging allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Barack Obama must actively work to ensure that the pipeline through which it arms Hezbollah in order to kill innocent Israeli civilians remains open for business. If only the proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline were so lucky.
If that’s not enough to make any promise Obama makes to Bibi irrelevant, consider the effects of the Iran deal on Israel’s southern border.
Down south in Gaza, Israel has been fighting terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad for decades. Despite the fact the Hamas continues to be as a thorn in the side of Israel, the IDF has managed to “mow the grass” in Gaza and keep Hamas and IJ contained. This is partly due to the fact that despite being well-funded and well-organized, they are still too small to seriously challenge a powerhouse defensive force such as the IDF.
However, in a story broken by prized Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh of the Gatestone Institute, there is a new terror group in Gaza. The new merchants of death, known as “Al-Sabireen,” or “the Patient Ones,” are monetarily and financially backed by Iran. Abu Tomeh reports, “Iran has been supplying Al-Sabireen with various and new types of weapons that are being used to attack Israel…The Iranians are also believed to have supplied their new terrorist group in the Gaza Strip with Grad and Fajr missiles that are capable of reaching Tel Aviv.” They are also recruiting top terror leaders away from Hamas and Islamic Jihad by offering more money.
Thus, thanks to Iran, a financially and militarily superior terror group in Gaza is beginning to take form.
By pledging allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Barack Obama must actively work to ensure that the pipeline through which it arms Hezbollah in order to kill innocent Israeli civilians remains open for business. If only the proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline were so lucky
Why now? Perhaps it has to do with the $150 billion in sanctions relief Iran is set to receive as reward for signing the JCPOA.
Thus, by giving Iran anything and everything it asks for in order to keep up the façade of a nuclear agreement, including billions of dollars for them to indiscriminately spend on terror, the Obama administration is helping Iran give birth to a new dawn of terrorism in Israel originating in Gaza.
Therefore, pay no attention to the media circus that will be Obama and Netanyahu’s sit-down. No matter how much money the U.S. promises to give Israel to maintain its “qualitative edge,” and no matter how many times the president swears up and down that America and Israel are the best of friends, the signing of the Iran Deal has already saddled the Jewish state with new headaches that will ultimately result in innocent Israeli blood flowing in the streets.
There is nothing Obama or Bibi can say or do to change that.