Monday, September 30, 2013

PM Netanyahu: Welcome to the USA!

Bee's note:
First, I would like to Welcome PM Netanyahu to the United States.  It is always a pleasure to have you visit America, Bibi, and we look forward to hearing your speech tomorrow, at the UN.  I am sure you will be mentioning the "Iranian Agent Arrested in Israel" among other important issues.
However, the picture is bleak for Israel, as the Debka reports demonstrates (article below).  Personally, many Americans supporting Israel are greatly disappointed to learn only recently that the Obama administration refused to give Israel the "green" light last October.  The Iranian "threat" would not be an issue today, if Israel had moved on their first instincts last October.
Israel, you and Jerusalem, and all Israeli citizens have been thrown under the Obama "bus"!
But here we are, September 30th, and our hearts weigh heavy for your mission to speak to the UN, Prime Minister.  "Heavy", because we believe you stand alone, while the world gushes over the prospects of a "new" relationship with the Iranian President Rouhani.  The West and world leaders have fallen for the lies, propaganda and stalling techniques of Iran.
And so, it is our prayer that your intelligence information, knowledge and wisdom will bring an eye-opening awareness to a world lulled to sleep by the drones of a hornets nest buzzing in Tehran.  
Best wishes to you, Prime Minister Netanyahu!  See: Netanyahu flies to US in role as spoil-sport to Iranian Rouhani's 'charm offensive'

Netanyahu can't hope to regain Israel’s voice in headlong US-Russian-Iranian nuclear diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 30, 2013, 11:09 AM (IDT
Although a face to face between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama is obviously worthwhile for both countries, the prime minister need not expect to deflect the president from his pursuit of a nuclear deal with Tehran when they meet Monday, Sept. 30. At best, he will come away with soothing assurances that any new intelligence he presents will be seriously looked into. But he can’t hope for real substance for two reasons:
1. Obama can no longer turn away from the path he has set himself, because he is driven by the ambition to prove that international problems can be solved without military force and solely by good will, negotiations and diplomacy.
2.  After convincing Russian President Vladimir Putin that he means what he says and is not planning to repeat his “mistaken” US military involvement in the 2011 Libyan civil war, Obama removed a major obstacle in the way of a US-Russian deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.
It is now the turn for Washington, Moscow and Tehran to continue the process with a parallel consensual deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

From Tehran, the US and Russia might be seen to be preparing to impose a nuclear settlement on Iran in the same way as they did for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons. However, if that is what is contemplated, Obama and Putin will soon find Tehran is not Damascus, and the ayatollah in Tehran is a completely different proposition from his Syrian ally.

The wily supreme leader Ali Khamenei in fact sees his chance of turning the situation around to the Islamic Republic’s advantage. He grasps that the American and Russian leaders are in a hurry to reap the results of the Obama administration’s decision to forswear a military option for bringing Tehran round. Their headlong quest for quick results gives Tehran the leverage for extracting previously withheld concessions on its nuclear program, such as extreme flexibility on its enriched uranium production and stocks.

Netanyahu may hear Obama promising to stand by his demand that Iran stop enriching uranium and export the bulk of its stocks, or surrender it for destruction like Syria’s chemical weapons. But he will also discover that Obama and Putin are running ahead together at breakneck speed after dropping Israel by the wayside.  And the negotiations with Iran behind the scenes - and continuing in Geneva on Oct. 15 with the five Security Council powers and Germany - are more than likely to produce a compromise unacceptable to Israel.

Iran and Russia will have to make some concessions for a deal. But so too will the United States, and the uranium enrichment issue will loom large in the way of an agreement unless Washington gives way on that point. Obama has already covered much of this ground in secret contacts with Tehran.

The tempo of the negotiations, dictated by Obama and Putin, will make it easy to blur facts and the present minor concessions as major achievements.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are already smoothing the way for the understandings to come with messages that fit neatly into world media headlines. Sunday, Kerry echoed President Rouhani’s of a nuclear accord achievable in months. At the same time, mindful of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting Monday, the US Secretary said in a TV interview, “A bad deal is worse than no deal,” while US Ambassador Dan Shapiro assured Israelis in a radio interview Monday morning “The US and Israel share the same goals – preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Meanwhile, last month’s buzz phrase for the Syrian accord, which called for “a credible military option” to underpin the understanding, has been quietly mothballed in both the Syrian and Iranian WMD context.