While entertaining a group of Israeli diplomats and senior Jewish leaders at a White House Hanukkah reception Thursday night, President Barack Obama touted his nuclear arms agreement with Iran. Chutzpah anyone?
While defending the agreement that the United States and five other countries reached on Nov. 24 with the Islamic republic, the president claimed that it was important to continue to test Iran’s intentions with respect to developing nuclear weaponry, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“For the first time in a decade we have halted progress of Iran’s nuclear program,” Obama said.
This isn’t true, at least according to Iran. It claims that it’s continuing with its enrichment program unabated.
“Key parts of the program will be rolled back even though the toughest of our sanctions remain in place,” Obama continued.
“That is good for the world, that is good for Israel,” he said, promising to work toward a final deal that will obliterate the “threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons once and for all.”
The deal was criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, almost before the ink had dried.
“This disproportionality of this agreement makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement according to The Hill. “I intend to discuss that possibility with my colleagues.”
Israel has been especially scathing in its criticism. Speaking Monday at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran is getting closer to the nuclear red line he described at the United Nations.
He noted that Iran is actually “shortening that time” before it reaches the red line “by putting in new, faster centrifuges,” according to Arutz Sheva, an Israeli media network.
Obama also said however that Washington must remain vigilant and that its commitment to Israeli security would remain “iron clad” and “unshakeable.”
No doubt the administration’s commitment to our embassies and consulates’ security was also “iron clad” and “unshakeable,” but look where it got U.S. foreign service officers in Benghazi.