May 18, 2010

Iran's Nuclear Deal with Turkey Raises Chances of War with Israel

Joel C. RosenbergBy Joel C. Rosenberg

Iran’s nuclear deal to give much of its low-grade enriched uranium (3.5% purity) to Turkey in return for the delivery of smaller batch of higher-grade (20%) uranium within one year in order to avoid U.N. economic sanctions is ridiculous on its face. The deal would allow Iran to continue enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels while the world does nothing. It would allow Iran to cancel the agreement at any time. It would do nothing to stop Iran from building new nuclear facilities, expanding existing facilities, or actually building nuclear bombs.

International support for the deal would actually raise the chances of a war between Iran and Israel. Why? Because Israeli leaders could very well conclude that the world had now completely abandoned any meaningful efforts to stop Iran from getting the Bomb before it’s too late.

As a Wall Street Journal editorial noted Tuesday morning:

“The deal will, however, make it nearly impossible to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program short of military action. The U.N. is certainly a dead end. After 16 months of his extended hand and after downplaying support for Iran’s democratic opposition, Mr. Obama now faces an Iran much closer to a bomb and less diplomatically isolated than when President Bush left office.

Israel will have to seriously consider its military options. Such a confrontation is far more likely thanks to the diplomatic double-cross of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazil’s Lula, and especially to a U.S. President whose diplomacy has succeeded mainly in persuading the world’s rogues that he lacks the determination to stop their destructive ambitions.”

Related Links
Iran's Nuclear Coup - Wall Street Journal
Israeli government rejects Iran deal as a ruse - Jerusalem Post
U.N. Powers Support New Sanctions Against Iran - FOX News
UN Security Council sanctions draft targets Iran's banks, cargo, arms - Haaretz
Inside the Revolution - Joel C. Rosenberg (Book)