Biden Administration’s Plans to Reenter JCPOA
You may be hearing a lot about the Biden administration’s plans to reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). What does that mean for Israel and the Middle East?
Since 1979, the people of Iran have been cursed with a theocratic, totalitarian government. Iran is currently in the midst of a horrendous economic recession, with many of its people destitute and without hope for the future. However, that hasn’t stopped their government from devoting massive resources to what’s become Iran’s most renowned export…Terrorism.
Iran and its proxies engage in assassinations, bombings, and other forms of terror attacks in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, India, and the EU. Of course, Israel is Iran’s primary target. So why would we allow these warmongers to have nuclear weapons? The JCPOA, signed during the Obama administration, was intended to slow down Iran’s nuclear weapon program, though its “sunset” clauses would allow development to progress after a few years. President Trump withdrew from the agreement shortly after an Israeli intelligence operation exposed Iran’s nuclear document archives, and the many lies it held about the extent and purpose of their program.
Iran and USA Play a Dangerous Game of “Chicken”
President Biden has reappointed key negotiators who were deceived by Iranian lies during the original negotiations. However, major facts have changed on the ground. Israel and many of the Sunni Muslim enemies of Iran now have much closer relations, in part thanks to Trump’s Abraham Accords, and are collaborating to jointly express their concerns to the Biden team. Iran has been ratcheting up political pressure on the Biden team by increasing the quantity and purity of their uranium stock and advancing other critical parts of the bomb-making process.
Right now, the USA has significant negotiating leverage due to the prior administration’s massive sanctions on the Iranian banking system and economy. To counter this, Iran is playing a dangerous game of “chicken” with their nuclear program. Since an Iranian nuclear bomb would be an existential threat to Israel, a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is another consideration.
Should We Negotiate With Iran?
Negotiations are likely doomed to failure, as the totalitarian Iranian government has repeatedly lied and misrepresented the extent of their nuclear program. This includes concealing key facilities from inspection (and military destruction) by literally burying them in mountains. Because of this, military options would be risky, and could trigger a regional war. It’s quite possible that neither negotiations nor military options will permanently end this existential threat to Israel, our Jewish homeland.
Should America be negotiating with an Iranian terrorist regime? And what would you do if you were in Israel’s shoes?
Photo Caption: Yemeni Houthis, Iranian allies, protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana’a in Sept. 2015