Republicans should listen to Israel’s spies on the Iran nuclear deal


The Hill: Republicans remain resolutely opposed to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, which prevented Iran from building a nuclear weapon in exchange for economic relief.

But for a political party that claims an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, the GOP would be wise to consider how Israel’s top spies – men who have dedicated their lives to defending Israel from foreign threats – view the deal.

Indeed, of the six living former directors of Israel’s storied foreign intelligence agency, four have publicly praised the Iran nuclear agreement. None have echoed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extraordinary criticism of the deal.

Shabtai Shavit, Mossad’s director from 1989 to 1996, hailed the agreement as an opportunity for Israel to join “a new Middle Eastern order.” According to Shavit, the “agreement bought us 15 years, in which all kinds of things could happen. Now, with Trump having withdrawn from the agreement, the Iranians have enough enriched uranium for at least one bomb.”

Danny Yatom, Mossad’s chief from 1996 to 1998, called President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal “a mistake,” arguing that remaining in the deal made it easier “to persuade Iran to make much more concessions.”

Efraim Halevy, who led Mossad from 1998 to 2002, declared that the Obama administration “scored a great success” with the Iran nuclear deal, applauding the agreement’s “rigorous monitoring system.” In Halevy’s words, the deal “blocks the road to Iranian nuclear military capabilities for at least a decade.”  read more…


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  1. The difference between these men and a furniture salesman with delusions of grandeur, is that they know war is not fun. But even they show that they merely want more advantage. Obama knew what the Israeli’s know, that Iran does not even desire a bomb. Hence the JCPOA to alleviate US created hardships…which might lead to peace. Iran joined the JCPOA nuke agreement, as it would require no actual concessions that would affect their security. Obama went along with the Israeli’s continued lie on the Iranian nukes and seemingly gave them want they wanted, at least in the public’s eye, as they continually cried about possible nukes. They got a great deal, preventing what Israel claimed to be their greatest fear. Their continual nuke lie backfired on them. But remember that they incessantly cried about Iran’s missiles, wanting them ALL included in the JCPOA. TFB, they didn’t get it. Trump gave the Israeli war mongers what they wanted, a way to try to force Iran to give in on their missiles, their only real defense. It will remain dead if Biden is trys the same useless tact Trump tried. What remains to be seen is whether or not Biden will go the way of Obama, or latch onto Bibi’s member, ala Tramp. So far all we have seen is posturing. Biden cannot be shown to give in to Iran immediately regarding protocol, as the US Israeli controlled press would roast him alive. Seeking a way forward is tricky. A mutual simultaneous move by both parties maybe?

    • Excellent summation but time is running out as Khamenei will not impose a second time and especially on hardliners who’s positions are firming up with each passing day.
      Biden’s dance with likud, if that’s the case, is costing his campaign promise of prioritizing the deal.
      Win some lose some is his senatorial upbringing, but tbf cleaning the garbage after Trump is a monumental task.

  2. Iran is beyond these words. They have moved on. They will pursue whatever path is best for the country.
    So what … a couple liars are afraid that this will lead to an all out war and their scam will be wiped off the map.

  3. The Mossad’s capabilities, Ha, ha, ha… What a joke. VT has from the beginning told us that Mossad did 9/11. Everything since has been a lie. Just saying…

  4. The funny thing is that the farther back you go, the more I respect the Mossad’s actual capabilities. Today the Mossad is like our Security State, good at theater for local consumption. So yeah, I’m more inclined to trust the judgment of people who were around 20+ yrs ago then the show we have today.

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