In yet another inaccurate ‘official statement’ concerning Israel that originated from the White House, Israel’s defense ministry on Friday fired back with an analogy putting things in a more honest light.
The defense ministry fired back at Obama’s remarks that ‘Israel is now behind the Iran deal’
Israel’s defense ministry on Friday fired back at comments made by US President Barack Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, saying that the agreement is “harmful, just like the Munich agreement with Hitler.” Obama on Thursday said that even Israel now acknowledges Iran’s adherence to the international nuclear accord as he staunchly denied that a $400 million payment to Iran earlier this year was ransom for the release of American prisoners.
Speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, Obama said that “the country that was most opposed to the deal” — Israel — is now behind it.
The “Israeli military and security community…acknowledges this has been a game changer,” Obama said.
The defense ministry’s statement Friday said that “the Israeli defense establishment believes that the agreement has a value, but only if it is based on existing realities, and has no value if the facts on the ground completely oppose those that the agreement rests upon.
“The Munich Agreement did not prevent the Second World War and the Holocaust, precisely because of that basic premise that Nazi Germany could be a partner to some agreement, because it was wrong and because former world leaders ignored the blunt remarks of Hitler and other Nazi leaders of Germany,” the statement continued.
The 1938 Munich agreement allowed Germany to annex parts of Czechoslovakia with a German-speaking majority, in a failed bid to avert war.
“These things are true about Iran, which announces openly and clearly that its goal is the destruction of Israel, and a report from the State Department published this year, has determined that Iran leads the world as a sponsor of global terrorism,” the statement continued.
“Therefore, the security establishment, as well as all the people of Israel and much of the world, understand that such agreements signed between world powers and Iran, are not only harmful but also undermine the struggle against a terrorist state like Iran,” it added.
Shortly after the defense ministry released its statement, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office asserted that Israel’s most important alliance is that with the US.
The Ministry’s statement echoed comments made in August of last year by Former Republican Vice-President Dick Cheney, about a month after the deal was signed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also made such a comparison between Iran and the Nazi regime in 2006 when he addressed the annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Los Angeles.
“It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” Netanyahu told the assembly.
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