Iran Deal. Just The Bottom Line.

There is a ton of analysis and debate raging around the JCPOA, so I’m going to skip all of that and get to what I perceive as the bottom line(s).

I. Bottom Line, The Deal.

Good deal, bad deal, or other. What’s the bottom line?

Iran. (includes Hezbollah)

Short term: Great deal       Long term: Great deal


Short term: Good                Long term: Maybe good, maybe disaster


Short term: Great                Long term: Maybe great, maybe not


Short term: Good                Long term: Good to great


Short term: Good                Long term: Good to great

Iranian sponsored terror organizations.

Short term: Great                Long term: Great

Egypt, Saudi Arabia.

Short term: Bad                  Long term: Bad


Short term: Bad                  Long term: Bad


Short term: Bad                  Long term: Bad

II. Bottom Line, Obama.

  1. Achieved what he set out to achieve. This very deal.
  2. Obama got the deal he wanted with Iran and the debate and talking points he wanted with any opponents, particularly the Jews.
  3. Completely outmaneuvered Congress and Netanyahu. As follows—

“As President of the United States, I can 100% assure the American people that if we walk away from this deal; a) We will soon find ourselves in another Middle East war worse than Iraq. b) Iran will soon get the bomb and the capability to strike the US. c) Israel will suffer the worst barrage of missiles on it’s cities ever, and be at war with Iran. d) Having lost all credibility, Iran will never renegotiate with us. e) Europe, China and Russia will not pressure Iran to renegotiate. Bottom Line, it’s this deal or no deal and the consequences I have just outlined.”     (I wrote this quote. Bottom line, it’s the essence of what Obama and Kerry are saying every day.)

III. Bottom Line, A Better Deal?

  1. There was the possibility for a better deal.
  2. There no longer is.

IV. Bottom Line, Bibi.

  1. Chose not to attack Iran when Israel had the chance.
  2. Misunderstood Obama’s upfront commitment to this very deal.
  3. Must protest. The negative fallout will dissipate and pass with time. You know, 1- 3, 4, 5 years or so.

V. Bottom Line, Congress.

  1. That son-of-a-gun in the White House dun’ run circles around us.
  2. Question the deal. Scrutinize the deal. Fight the deal.
  3. I guess it’s a war now blamed on us, or a war later blamed on Neville Obama.
  4. Pass the deal.

VI. Bottom Line, Jewish Members of Congress.

  1. The $#!& just hit the fan.
  2. American Jewry’s worst nightmare has come true. The President is publicly forcing us to ask: “Do we stand with a President that has cornered the Jewish State, or do we say, ‘Given the choice between my people and my President, I’ll have to stand with my people. And let the chips fall where they may.’”

VII. Bottom Line, Jews of America.

  1. See VI.
  2. Welcome to Jewish history.

VIII. Bottom Line, Jews of Israel.

  1. Like our forefather Jacob when facen with an advancing enemy; we must extend a hand in peace, prepare for war, and pray.
  2. Thank God we have the precious and strong IDF.
  3. Like never before, we need to embrace one another, as only family can. Like last summer, yet deeper still.
  4. We must tell our fellow Jews around the world what a remarkable, wonderful, exciting, holy, fun—and oh yes—frustrating, maddening, and challenging privilege it is to be part of the return of the people of Israel to the Land of Israel. And encourage them to do whatever they can to join in the unfolding of this history-shaping enterprise.

IX. Bottom Line, Alone Again.

“Because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously supported it. I’ve had to make a lot of tough calls as president, but weather or not this deal is good for American security is not one of those calls, it’s not even close.”    (President Obama’s “signature speech” to the nation, 8/5/15)

X. Bottom Line, God Bless …

  1. The re-flourishing of the Jewish people in its home: The Land, and State, of Israel. And …
  2. America too.
About the Author
Shimon Apisdorf has authored ten books that have sold over a quarter million copies and have won two Benjamin Franklin awards. His family moved to Israel in the summer of 2012. His new website is currently under construction.
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