Dear Friend of Israel:
I have Republican friends who think President Obama is just plain stupid. I have Democrat friends who think the President is an honest guy who just
negotiated the best possible deal with Iran. Both of them are dead wrong.
Mr. Obama is definitely not stupid. He just unleashed a brilliant attack on those who would criticize his Iran Deal, accusing them of offering no
alternative than war, and calling them dishonest . . . for truthfully observing that the Emperor has no clothes and the Deal is a disaster.
In other words, critics of the Iran Deal are evil because they want war, and they're liars because they disagree with Mr. Obama's assertion that the Deal
ensures Iran will adhere to its tenets.
Of course, both accusations are disingenuous, and the President knows it. Indeed, with all due respect to the leader of the free world—and to the
Supreme Leader of the Islamic State of Iran—both are lying.
Barack Obama is lying when he says there wasn't or isn't an alternative to the Iran Deal except war . . . and when he says that the Deal will stop Iran
from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The other Leader is lying when he says—if he actually ever does say—Iran will obey the terms of the agreement. Khamenei hasn't actually said Iran will
abide by the Deal, but he has said that Iran's nuclear development will proceed and that no deal will stop Iran from crushing the infidel Americans and Israelis. Reassuring, no?
Mr. Obama lied first when he told us many times in 2012 that the only deal he'd accept was a complete shut-down of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
This Deal permits the Iranians to remain a nuclear-bomb threshold state for 10 years, then turns them loose. He lied again when he assured us that "anytime, anywhere" inspections were a sine qua non—an absolute necessity—for any deal.
Even this weekend the President had the chutzpah to assert that the deal includes "24/7 monitoring or Iran's key nuclear facilities," which is only true if Iran agrees to allow us to conduct inspections. In fact, by objecting to any inspection, Iran can delay it for 24 days, minimum. In other words, Mr. Obama's assertion is a flat-out lie.
The President is also lying about his critics wanting war. Most all the critics I've read—including Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and FLAME,
for that matter)—have always preferred a diplomatic solution. And for months we've been proposing one—a deal that really would dismantle
Iran's nuclear weapons infrastructure and really would prevent it from building a bomb, period.
So, please, Mr. President, don't come to us with a terrible deal and accuse us of offering no alternative. How this for an alternative: Go back and get the deal you promised us and that we supported.
But even more important than the President's prevarications is the near 100% certainty that Iran will cheat on the Deal. This week's FLAME Hotline
gives you numerous examples of Iran's disgraceful and shameless track record of disobeying, lying about and hiding its actions in the face of
previous nuclear deals with the UN and International Atomic Energy Agency.
The article below, by member of the Israeli Knesset and chair of the Yesh Atid opposition party Yair Lapid, provides a brief, utterly convincing catalog of
Iran's past mendacity. In short, if you believe Iran lies pathologically and if you believe this Iran Deal will not stop them from cheating, you
must oppose it.
If you do oppose this deal, I urge you to call and email your two Senators and your U.S. Representatives today—right now—to let them know your
feelings. You can reach your elected officials by calling Congress at 212-225-3121. You can email them very easily by going to contacting the Congress. Tell them you oppose the Iran Deal because it doesn't prevent Iran from
acquiring nuclear weapons.
Thanks for your support of FLAME and of Israel!
Vice President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)
Iran deal: To the liars go the spoils
Yair Lapid, Times of Israel, July 13, 2015
The Iranians lie.
It's not even an insult to say that about them. The fact that the Iranians lie constantly is common knowledge in the global intelligence community.
They even give their lies a theological justification: When you believe that you're engaged in Jihad—a Holy War—a lie isn't a sin, it's a tool.
When the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, goes on Charlie Rose and says, without batting an eyelid, that "Iran never called for Israel's
destruction" he knows it's a lie (and so does Charlie). Iran has called for Israel's destruction hundreds of times, at all levels starting from the Supreme
Leader Khamenei in recorded conversations, through to General Qasem Soleimani who is charged with the destruction of Israel in the Revolutionary Guards.
But Zarif doesn't care because he knows that if he lies with enough confidence (and he doesn't lack confidence) there will be enough people who believe
Iran lied about building the enrichment complex in Natanz, lied about the Plutonium reactor in Arak, lied (to the Russians) when they announced a decade
ago that they were suspending their uranium enrichment, lied constantly to IAEA inspectors about everything—from the number of centrifuges to the amount
of uranium enriched in Fordow—and most importantly lied when they told the world that they weren't trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Of course those are the less worrying lies.
The more worrying lies are the ones we can't publish, and the even more worrying ones are the ones we don't know about. There's no doubt that they lied in
the past, they're lying now and they'll continue to lie in the future. Why in the future? Because there is no other explanation for their complete
rejection, throughout the negotiations, to real inspections of their nuclear program.
Ignore for a moment the never-ending flow of disinformation coming from Vienna and Tehran, and ask yourselves one simple question: If the Iranians are
going to abide by the agreement, why do they oppose the inspectors being able to do their job without hindrance? If they're not planning to lie and cheat
this time then inspections will only hasten the removal of sanctions.
In my conversations in the White House and with leading Senators during my visit to Washington last month I suggested that inspections be put above all
other issues. I explained that there is no point insisting on all the other details of the agreement if the Iranians will anyway cheat.
"Like most Israelis" I said to them, "from the opposition and coalition alike, I think this is a terrible deal which threatens the peace of the world. But
even if you disagree you have to find a way to protect yourselves from the possibility that Iranians are signing only to get an easing of the sanctions and
then use the money which will flow to them to build nuclear weapons behind the world's back."
After all, they have experience.
They built two reactors without anyone noticing (it was the Iranian opposition which told the world about Arak and Natanz), they built second generation
centrifuges without the world suspecting, enriched uranium to a high degree in Fordow without the world knowing and built missiles which can carry nuclear
warheads at Parchin without the world guessing.
Instead of 'surprise inspections' without pre-warning, which should have been the minimum demand of the P5+1, an absurd (for lack of a more polite word)
agreement was reached called "managed access". According to that agreement the inspectors will only be able to access nuclear sites with 24 days advanced
notice and without free access to the facilities.
I want to repeat that for the sake of clarity: The Iranians demanded and received the right to supervise the supervision. The inspectors will only be able
to enter a site after the Iranians receive 24 days to hide their activities and even then they won't be able to walk around freely to try and uncover the
If that's not absurd enough then, according to the most recent leaks
from Vienna they've gone back on that as well because it's "too intrusive." In other words they're saying to us, "We're obviously going to cheat so don't
make it more difficult than it needs to be."
All that is left for us to hope is that before the United States Senate lifts the sanctions they'll say the following to the negotiators: "If you believe
in this agreement then you should have no problem insisting on surprise inspections. Without that, we won't be able to remove the sanctions."
Why? Because the agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on if we don't force the Iranians to stop lying.