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Obama: Netanyahu’s silly notion we would insist Iran recognize Israel is a ‘fundamental misjudgment’

In a strange defense of his nuclear deal with Iran that all but admitted the essential evil of the Tehran regime, President Obama called forcing Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist in exchange for a nuclear deal a “fundamental misjudgment” of the Islamic Republic.

In an interview with NPR to air today, Obama told Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep, “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.”

Iran’s regime continually threatens Israel, calling for its annihilation.

Israel National News reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks last week, “Just two days ago, in the midst of the negotiations in Lausanne, the commander of the Basij security forces in Iran said this: ‘The destruction of Israel is non-negotiable.’

“Well, I want to make clear to all. The survival of Israel is non-negotiable”

Obama’s “fundamental misjudgment” couldn’t have higher stakes for Israel, and over the weekend Obama admitted he’d feel really bad if Israel was “rendered more vulnerable.”

Read more: Obama tells NY Times, if Iran attacks Israel because of his deal he’ll feel really, really bad

Israel is the size of New Jersey.  One nuclear weapon exploding over Tel Aviv would render it far worse than vulnerable.

After Obama’s statement, an incredulous Inskeep said, “You’re suggesting, implying through this nuclear [deal] that Israel must live another 10 or 15 years and longer with a country that is fundamentally opposed to the existence of Israel.”

Obama, with his usual condescending tone, offered Israel little comfort.

“But the most important thing for Israelis is to know that they can defend themselves, and that they have America — the world’s most powerful country — there to protect them alongside their military and their intelligence operations.”

Twitter users weighed in on Obama’s remarks.

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Steve Berman

Steve is a serial entrepreneur who has been starting and running businesses for 25 years. Writing about conservative causes is his passion.
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