Oh my... Israeli opposition demands US commit in advance to support Israeli strike on Iran
Either Tzipi Livni and Buzi Herzog finally figured out which way the Israeli political winds are blowing, or there's been a massive double cross of US President Hussein Obama. Or perhaps it's a combination of both. In any event, Livni and Herzog, who were backed by Obama
in our recent Knesset elections, have issued a position paper which demands that the United States commit in advance to supporting an Israeli strike on Iran
The crux of Herzog and
Livni's plan is a call on the American administration to commit in
advance to approve an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear
facilities if Iran violates the framework agreement signed a week and a
half ago by trying to produce nuclear weapons.
The document was split
into three sections: In the first section, the Zionist Union criticizes
Israel's current official position, which takes serious issue with the
framework agreement reached between world powers reached and Iran, but
fails to articulate improvements.
Their own position paper, they claim, constitutes a practical and detailed proposal to what is considered a "good deal".
"Incessant criticism without constructive suggestions could
leave us at a loss," Herzog told Ynet. "To prevent that we must have a
brave and comprehensive dialogue with the US, down to the last detail,"
The second part of the position paper presents suggestions on
how to "close the loopholes" in the framework agreement and improve upon
its different sections. The proposed improvements mostly focus on the
conditions and limitations on easing the sanctions on Iran.
The Zionist Union demands that "the removal of sanctions will
only be done gradually in a predefined framework coinciding with the
Iranian deal," the document said demanding that should Iran fail to make
good on its part of the deal sanctions will be automatically reinstated
in full force.
The document also calls for enhanced oversight capabilities for
the UN nuclear watchdog – the IAEA – including access to officials,
documents and sites in which alleged Iranian nuclear activity is taking
The third part of the document focuses on rehabilitating
US-Israel ties, and improviing coordination over Iran while the deal is
According to the opposition leaders, "Israel must change its
regional strategy… and work to strengthen ties with the moderate forces
in the region," a move they say will curb not only Iran's nuclear
program, but its destabilizing activates in the area through local
"We must act quickly to change the final deal, and raise the
price of its infringement," Herzog said, indicating the deal itself was
not the true problem, but the aforementioned 'loopholes'. He said that
only a "painful" cost to Iran in the case of a breach in the agreement
would safeguard Israel's security.
The position paper was released after party members received
requests to issue the Zionist Union's official position on the framework
Has the 'Zionist Union' finally understood that Israelis won't accept Obama's position on Iran? Or are they just trying to position themselves for what they hope will eventually be a 'unity government'? Either way, this is a massive defeat for the Obama administration, which has tried to depict Prime Minister Netanyahu as a lone wolf in opposing the Iranian nuclear deal.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear threat, Labor party, Tzipi Livni, Yitzchak Herzog