While President Obama was on the air this weekend trumpeting the fact that he and others had brokered a "deal" with Iran that was an excellent "first step toward a comprehensive solution," Iranian diplomat Mohammad Zraif was triumphantly announcing the deal includes language that guarantees Iran the right to enrich fissile material.
Iran is celebrating in the streets.
Iran got everything they wanted.
BBC was reporting yesterday that President Obama was "papering over that point of the agreement."
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is calling the deal an "unbelievable Christmas present" to Iran.
Foreign correspondent Robert Fisk wrote in the International Independent that by most everyones evaluation, this deal "isolates Israel."
There are two matters of great concern in this "first step to a comprehensive solution." One involves the security of America, the other the security of Israel and America's support of that security.
The Washington Post is reporting this morning, "In a negotiated deal that apparently allows Iran off the hook with regard to nuclear development and goes soft on verification protocols with regard to nuclear disarmament, the United States, along with France, Germany, China, Russia, Great Britain, and the European Union, has now endorsed an easing of sanctions on the Shiite theocracy."
The Post says, "Signed at 3 a.m. in Geneva, the deal would allow limited uranium enrichment, although under tight restrictions and heavy international monitoring.”
Congress is expressing bi-partisan concern.
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told Fox, "This administration is very big on announcements and less so on following through. [Iran] is spiking the ball in the end zone."
Corker was joined by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) who said, "We are very concerned as to whether Iran will live up to these agreements."
Obama is urging Congress not to reinstate the sanctions on Iran, but many valid concerns are being voiced.
A similar deal was made with the regime in North Korea in 1993 which ended with that regime going fully nuclear in 2006.
Recognizing the weakness of the agreement, Obama assured the American public that Iran would not be able to use negotiations to buy time, although he did not explain how that would be prevented. He then detailed the west’s concessions to Iran: no new sanctions, as well as cash. That was the carrot; the stick, Obama said, would be a cut-off in American relief.
But Obama gave the Iranians their most-wished-for point: he said they should be able to access “peaceful nuclear energy,” and said the agreement would carry the parties forward for six months, vowing to “chip away” at mistrust with Iran.
The man who gave us Obamacare and the promise that we could keep our insurance if we liked it, is now telling the American people and the world, "trust me" while we work this out.
Many see the timing of this as an attempt at diverting the attention of Americans away from the healthcare fiasco, the IRS scandals and a number of other problems here at home.
Israeli Prime Minister Nentanyahu says the deal is an "historic mistake" and the Israeli Finance Minister said, "I don't understand how they can call an agreement a success that doesn't remove a single one of Iran's 19,000 centrifuges, with 10,000 of them operating.
The machines have already produced tons of low-enriched uranium in a form that can be turned into weapon grade material.
Iran presently has 440 pounds of higher enriched uranium in a form that can be converted more quickly to fissile warhead material, which is about the amount needed for one mega bomb.
Robert Fisk, witting in the international Independent this morning says, "This deal marks a victory for the Shia in their growing conflict with the Sunni Middle East. It gives substantial hope that al-Assad will be left in power in Syria. It isolates Israel."
He says there's no doubt that the Geneva [agreement] has called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's bluff. "He may huff and puff, but if he wants to bash Iran now...he's going to be on his own."
And therein is the other concern. Not only does this "evolving deal" make America and the west vulnerable, it isolates Israel, and in effect promises Iran that should Israel move against Iran, they will do so without support from the nations who brokered the deal---none the least of which is the U.S.
There are a number of biblical reasons why Christians must support Israel.
Genesis 12:3: "And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and
in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed." Point: God has promised to bless the man
or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt
that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of God; the
nations that have cursed the Jewish people have experienced the curse of God."
I'll be talking more about this on the radio this morning, live at 9 AM PT. Here's how to listen from anywhere in the world.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Pro-Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.