Prominent leaders and analysts on the Israeli left are concerned that the Obama administration will agree to a bad deal with Iran. While there is debate in Israel about whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is the proper tactic, there is a consensus across the Israeli political spectrum that the P5+1 may be headed towards an agreement with Iran that will be detrimental to Israeli security. Last Friday, in an interview with CNN, Opposition Leader and Labor Party candidate Isaac Herzog said “I’m worried about a bad deal and about caving into all sort of Iranian pressure as well.” Amos Yadlin, former head of the IDF Military Intelligence and the Labor Party’s candidate for Defense Minister, criticized the Obama administration’s goal of leaving Iran with a break-out time of one year, stating that the break-out time “must be measured in a number of years” and that Israel “will view a deal that leaves Iran up to a year from a nuclear bomb as a bad deal.” Additionally he has warned that the US government’s mentality that an agreement is preferable to the alternatives to an agreement is “liable to justify signing an extremely bad agreement.” Yadlin has previously cautioned the West not to be fooled by the Iranians, who have a cunning strategy of agreeing to only limited, reversible compromises. Regarding preliminary reports about a potential deal with Iran, Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist party Yesh Atid, has stated in an interview, “We think this is not harsh enough, or strong enough towards the Iranians.”
Former Labor Prime Minister Ehud Barak has expressed disappointment that the Obama administration has “changed its objective from no nuclear military Iran to no nuclear military Iran during the term of its administration.” Leading Haaretz columnist and author Ari Shavit observed that “Obama’s desire to appease Tehran… could destroy his own vision of nuclear disarmament.”
Moreover, there is concern about American rapprochement with Iran. In an article published on Tuesday, Amos Yadlin insisted that a shift away from the traditional alliances with Israel and moderate Arab states, and towards Iran would be “a big mistake. Iran is a source of instability, terror, regime change, and Islamic revolution all over the Middle East.” Furthermore, Ehud Barak, who supports a robust campaign against ISIS, has also asserted that “allowing Assad and the ayatollahs in Iran…to be the real winners- that doesn’t make sense.”
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