Barbara Diamond

Surprised? The U.S.-Iran deal null and void

Three years ago, the very first article which I ever published was entitled “Tekiyah-The Big Lie.” It humbles me to be observing history in the making as today’s headlines read “America nixes Iran deal.” The three years which have come and gone have seen much drama in this arena.

When Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited to speak to the U.S. Congress, against the pending Obama pact with Iran, he was damned from many sides. The Press in Israel felt that he was undermining the relationship between Israel and the U.S. by accepting the opportunity. As the relationship with President Obama had been fraught with difficulties, Israel’s relationships with Congress, the U.S. military and even the State Department were actually quite solid. The purported “risk” was over-stated in the long term, although President Obama was fuming at the insult -and did all he could to punish Israel during his final days in office. The fact that Obama went forward with the Iran pact without even a vote in Congress was a misuse of his power which provided evidence for history that he was a man with his own vision which he was intent on implementing at all costs. He was quite comfortable knowing that he could bypass Congress and avoid the necessity for democratic consensus before approving the agreement. That decision in itself was quite frightening. Who among us understood that the powers we thought were invested in America’s elected officials, could so easily be circumvented?

The fact that 1.7 billion dollars in cold cash was sent to Iran, in U.S. government planes, without the permission of Congress was an assault on the senses of everyone. It smelled of graft and corruption- and was never “explained away.” The sums of Iranian financial assets which the U.S. government “freed up” as a result of the lift of sanctions are valued by different experts as somewhere between 30 billion to 150 billion dollars. Regardless of the exact figure, the funds then returned to invigorate the Iranian economy. Numbers are slippery entities… but the physical cash flown to the Iranian authorities was well documented. How much was syphoned off into the private accounts of Iranian officials before the remainder went to support their terrorist proxies across the middle east, may one day be discovered. No matter how one looks at it… 1.7 billion dollars buys a lot of weapons and pays the wages of a lot of terrorist regime leaders. Shame on Obama for that ransom payment. Shame on the U.S. Congress for not averting such an obscenity. And shame on them again for sitting by and allowing Iran to fool the Western world with their lies and deception.

This is the same Congress which gave Netanyahu 26 standing ovations in March 2015 where he clearly delineated the dangers of the pending “ Iran deal,” and which was at the same time unable to stop the travesty from moving forward. “Why?” asked Israeli analysts… “Why did Netanyahu go at all and risk angering the U.S. administration?” At the time, I suggested that he had a moral imperative to go and to be heard- If for no other reason than to be recorded in the history books of the future. Whatever might befall the State of Israel and the rest of the world at Iranian hands, Israel needed to be clear In its warning of the potential danger that was, and still remains to be, in the hands of the Mullahs of Iran.

The half-ton of records stolen by the Mossad agents from storage sites in Iran is the “stuff” that creates legends for eternity.  Sharing the contents first with America,  and giving everyone time to study the facts before divulging the accomplishment was once again proof that the Israel-U.S. alliance is unshakeable – regardless of those who would have us think otherwise.  There is no doubt that in those documents are the locations of all the nuclear facilities which were not revealed by Iran, the depth and goals of all their programs and much more that otherwise would have been kept from view. It is hard to imagine how insulted the professional analysts must be to see just exacty what was kept secret from them after years of meetings and negotiations.  It is now revealed that the organizations which have been monitoring Iran have not been allowed access to their top secret military sites.  Hence the absurdity of the entire process.

At a dinner party a few months ago, an intelligent guest asked me what I thought of “the deal.”  I gave him my assessment. His response was – ”What choice did America have?  It was better than nothing.”  He quoted his friends in high places in D.C. who felt that there was no option.  But of course, there is always an option.  Doing nothing is most certainly better than doing the wrong thing.  In this agreement, Iran received great wealth and sustenance toward their funding of terror around the world. Certainly that “something” was far worse than “nothing.” How much money went to Syria to strengthen Assad…who then had the audacity to use chemical warfare on innocent men, women and children with relative impunity.  How many further people have died from terror financed by Iran?  How much Iranian funding has paid for the reported thousands of weapons amassed by Lebanon’s Hezbollah.  Iran’s own public knows the truth of the situation.  Terrified by their own  leadership, they still have the courage to try to draw attention to their own plight.  How curious it is that the Western nations seem so uninterested in the plight of Iran’s citizens…who could ultimately be their allies.

If you have a few minutes to spare, take a look at my very first article ever… coincidentally it was written on this exact subject in April 2015.  The information in it will help clarify just how the western world was duped into the very same Iran agreement which has just been voided by President Trump.  The link is;

What may appear to be a frightening moment in time, could now actually be an opportunity for a solid re-negotiated pact. It is not in the interests of the Iranian regime to be honest about their nuclear program, but they have had a taste of the freeing up of sanctions against them and now may understand that they are currently dealing with an administration which could make a permanent “deal”… this one however would need to be based on some serious concessions and transparency. Any future deal would require the support of Congress and would be written in “stone.”  Clearly refusing access to their military facilities would no longer be considered a valid ingredient.  The terrain for a future negotiation would be substantially different than what has led us to this moment.

As the world’s primary State sponsor of Terrorism around the Globe, it was time to remove the ludicrous “free pass” given to Iran, in favor of a future for the world based on mutual respect.  This is a tough call for an Islamic fundamentalist regime that holds the values of the West as alien to their own- and which wishes to dominate the whole of the Middle East.  The fact remains, that bullies respect strength and find weakness abominable. They have now met their match.

The finally recognized International danger of a nuclear-armed  Iran in the hands of Islamic Fundamentalist Mullahs  is sufficient cause to understand that it is now absolutely valid to admit – that “no agreement “ is superior to “a bad agreement.’  Let the re-negotiating begin!


About the Author
Born in the Washington DC area, Barbara has been a pro Israel activist for over four decades, having had a radio show in Jerusalem called "Barbara Diamond One on One" , doing in depth interviews which aired in Israel and in the UK. She participated in missions to the USSR to meet with Refuseniks, to Ethiopia with a medical team to help the Jewish villages and to China to open up relations prior to China recognizing the State of Israel, She has been pro-active lobbying congress and helping to start a Pro Israel PAC in Los Angeles. She stays involved through the Jerusalem Press Club attending up to the moment briefings which she would like to share with the readers. Ms. Diamond is the author of the new website - and is the 2018 recipient of the "StandWithUs"-Israel leadership award.