A regime that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist cannot and must not be negotiated with.
Henry Ward Beecher said that “God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them.” At our basest, we are motives; every single action we take is driven by an underlying motive. To understand someone, we must dig deeply into their actions—both previous and current—to determine their motives. Then we must ask if those motives are good, evil, or somewhere in between.
As the P5 + 1 nuclear agreement was settled, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that any deal with Iran should be predicated upon Iran officially recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Now, anyone who has observed Iran knows that their hatred of Israel and their intent to wipe it off the face of the map is a central tenant of their theocracy.
In a recent interview with NPR, President Obama had the following to say regarding Netanyahu’s declaration:
“The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms. And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”
Without noticing it, Obama made a very thoughtful observation. In essence, Obama is saying that to ask Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist is ludicrous because—and this is the most important part—Iran’s regime is wholly dedicated to Israel’s destruction. Now, this is the same man who believes that Iran can be negotiated with.
Iran’s motives are to build a nuclear weapon, use it to annihilate Israel, then work toward installing themselves as the Middle East’s hegemonic power. They will then use that power to develop an ever-expanding empire, until they have enough resources to destroy the United States. It’s practically Bond villain-esque.
This isn’t a power-based negotiation, or an economic one, it is a negotiation based solely in religious fanaticism. These negotiations are atypical. Power isn’t the final goal, nor is financial gain. The final goal is the extermination of a race of people, and the development of a caliphate.
If we lift economic sanctions on Iran, while allowing them to maintain centrifuges, with the only real condition being that they promise not to develop nuclear weapons, how can we be certain that they will not develop nuclear weapons in secret? No nation could ever subvert a nuclear agreement! Oh wait, North Korea did.
The fact that Iran won’t recognize the right of a race of human beings to exist should signal that no deal can ever be made with these people. They will always manipulate inspections, subvert weakly enforced sanctions (as they have done repeatedly in the past), and push toward the creation of a nuclear weapon—because that is their highest motive. They cannot be trusted.
We need to walk away from this insane agreement, impose real, crippling sanctions to utterly strangle Iran until they agree to our terms and our terms only. If that doesn’t work, we have no choice but to resort to cyber attacks and military strikes. That is not something anybody wants, but if it means that eight million Israelis remain among the living, it’s what we have to do.
You do not negotiate with the Devil, you destroy him.