The Dangers of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Examining the most recent report of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program, as well as Iran’s ballistic-missile arsenal and its history of avoiding inspections, Dore Gold soberly sums up the prospects of the West’s impending agreement with the Islamic Republic:

The new agreement between Iran and the P5+1 [powers] that is presently being completed will leave Iran’s massive nuclear infrastructure largely intact. . . . Iran has not put its weaponization efforts on the negotiating table, nor will it. Neither has it agreed to allow its huge ballistic-missile forces to become a subject of discussion. For that reason, Israeli spokespeople have been saying that Iran will be at the threshold of having nuclear weapons. . . .

Undoubtedly, there are those in the West who are convinced that if Iran violates its agreement and crosses the threshold to assemble a nuclear weapon, it would immediately face a strong reaction which could include the use of force. [But] there is an enormous problem for anyone who thinks that this last stage of assembling a nuclear weapon can be reliably detected. . . . Iran could acquire nuclear weapons without being detected unless a future agreement gave the West the right to move all over Iran with little notification. Given [previous experience with Iran inspections], there is no indication that the West will have an inspection regime of this sort.

Read more at Israel Hayom

More about: Iranian nuclear program, Israel, Nuclear proliferation, Politics & Current Affairs, U.S. Foreign policy

Spain’s Anti-Israel Agenda

What interest does Madrid have in the creation of a Palestinian state? Elliott Abrams raised this question a few days ago, when discussing ongoing Spanish efforts to block the transfer of arms to Israel. He points to multiple opinion surveys suggesting that Spain is among Europe’s most anti-Semitic countries:

The point of including that information here is to explain the obvious: Spain’s anti-Israel extremism is not based in fancy international political analyses, but instead reflects both the extreme views of hard-left parties in the governing coalition and a very traditional Spanish anti-Semitism. Spain’s government lacks the moral standing to lecture the state of Israel on how to defend itself against terrorist murderers. Its effort to deprive Israel of the means of defense is deeply immoral. Every effort should be made to prevent these views from further infecting the politics and foreign policy of the European Union and its member states.

Read more at Pressure Points

More about: Anti-Semitism, Europe and Israel, Palestinian statehood, Spain