You have heard statements by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry announcing an “historical breakthrough” with the P5+1 Joint Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program suggesting that it will be cut off from achieving a one year breakout to produce a weapon. He threatened Congress with a possible Veto should they reject the deal under the 60 day review requirements of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015. All while Iran’s infrastructure to produce a bomb remains in place and sanctions against acquiring conventional weapons including possible nuclear tipped ICBMs will be removed. Moreover, Iran will not be subject to the anytime intrusive inspections by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Notwithstanding, you have also heard from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu who denounced the deal as an “historic mistake”. US Senator Lindsey Graham called the Iran nuclear deal akin to a “declaration of War” on Israel. President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic went on Iranian TV allegedly calling the proposed pact a “win-win” that would eliminate mutual distrust for this state sponsor of terrorism. Not lost on many Americans is that the US did not obtain the release of three citizens imprisoned in Iran; a pastor, an ex-Marine and a journalist, as well as, an ex-FBI agent missing for over eight years. Then there is the embarrasment over Al Quds IRGC commander Gen. Qassem Sulyemani being lifted from the terrorism persons of interest list. This for a man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan; possibly Libya, as well.
To find what are the real implications of yesterday’s historic announcement we convened a panel of experts for another in our periodic 1330amWEBY Middle East Round Table Discussions July 14, 2015. The panel discussion on “Your Turn” included guests Omri Ceren of The Israel Project , Shoshana Bryen of The Jewish Policy Center and co –hosts Mike Bates and Jerry Gordon, Senior Editor of the New English Review. An article based on the panel discussion will appear in the New English Review.
Download and Listen to the panel discussion, here.
Our panelists were:
Omri Ceren, Managing Director for Press and Strategy at The Israel Project.
Shoshana Bryen, senior director, The Jewish Policy Center.