Obama’s ‘Soft Stance’ on Iran, Mid East Policy

From: Breaking Israel News – Latest News Biblical Perspective

Posted by: Lea  Speyer January 29, 2014

“By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes  govern, and nobles – all who rule on earth.” (Proverbs 8:15-16)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivering his annual State of the Union address to both houses of Congress. (Photo: Facebook)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers annual  State of the Union address to Congress. (Photo:  Facebook)

[Tuesday] night, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the  Union address to both houses of Congress. While the president’s speech focused  mostly on domestic issues, Obama did touch upon two particular Middle Eastern  issues that are making front page news each day.

Regarding Iran, President Obama said that “for the sake of security, we must  give diplomacy a chance to succeed.” Alluding to a bill co-sponsored by Senators  Robert Menendez (D- NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) that seeks to impose harsher  sanctions on Iran should the Islamic Republic fail to keep to the nuclear  interim agreement, the president was vehement that at this point in time, he  would veto any new Iran sanction bills.

“If this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail  these talks, I will veto it,” the president threatened.

The newly implemented nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 is  viewed as a means to halt Iran’s nuclear program and decrease Iran’s supply of  nuclear material that could potentially be used to create a bomb. The interim  agreement, which went into effect on January 20, is being used as a time for  some breathing room between negotiators to create a more permanent solution.

“As we gather here tonight, Iran has begun to eliminate its stockpile of  higher levels of enriched uranium. It is not installing advanced centrifuges.  Unprecedented inspections help the world verify, every day, that Iran is not  building a bomb,” Obama explained.

Obama acknowledged that the negotiations are and will be “difficult” and that “they may not succeed.” However, the president remains hopeful that through  negotiations, “we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share: preventing Iran  from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Iran is one of the largest sponsors of terrorism worldwide. Obama reiterated that the  United States in aware of Iran’s support of global terrorism and that  negotiations “may not succeed” because of it. The president expanded on this  point when he said “We are clear-eyed about Iran’s support for terrorist  organizations like Hezbollah, which threaten our allies; and the mistrust  between nations cannot be wished away.”

President Obama also spoke about the peace process between Israel and Palestinians. The president openly declared Israel as a  Jewish state, a point that the Palestinians refuse to acknowledge and that has  led to numerous failures of past peace talks.

“As we speak, American diplomacy is supporting Israelis and Palestinians as  they engage in difficult but necessary talks to end the conflict there; to  achieve dignity and an independent state for Palestinians, and lasting peace and security for the State of Israel – a Jewish state that knows  America will always be at their side,” Obama told Congress. This statement  received a standing ovation from both Democrat and Republican legislatures.

Ironically enough, just last week an interview published by The New Yorker, the president  said that “all three of his main initiatives in the region [Middle East] – with  Iran, with Israel and the Palestinians, with Syria – the odds of completing the final treaties are less  than fifty-fifty.”

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a  conference sponsored by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).  Netanyahu spoke about how recognition by the Palestinians of Israel as a Jewish  state is a red line in Israeli negotiations and Palestinian refusal “is the root  of the conflict.”

“When we talk about an agreement, we’re talking about an agreement where we  will be asked to recognize a Palestinian national state. Shouldn’t we demand that the  Jewish national state be recognized as well?” Netanyahu asked.

Speaking at the same conference, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said  that the United States is attempting to remove itself from conflict in the  Middle East and stop being the world’s policeman. Earlier this month, Ya’alon  was in hot water when he called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry “naïve and  messianic” in how Kerry was conducting peace talks.

Touching upon the subject of peace with the Palestinians, Ya’alon rejected any notion of peace until Palestinians acknowledge  Israel as a Jewish state and back down from the issue of Palestinian “right of  return.” Ya’alon also called out Iran and the interim nuclear agreement. “Let us  not be confused,” he said. “They want to obtain a nuclear umbrella for their  activities and perhaps over time will use force as well.”

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