Less Acting On Iranian Nuclear Program Arrestment

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Less Talking and More Acting on Iranian Nuclear Program Arrestment

An Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Makovsky, JINSA CEO

Like most of us, I also watched President Obama’s State of the Union this week and was debating with my self if he is extremely optimistic or extremely unrealistic? President Obama’s speech was very inspiring and promising and I am full of hope that he will fulfill his political goals.

However, I am still very concern about Obama’s foreign policy goals. In his speech he said: “ Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies -- including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict… I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress”.

I appreciate Obama’s diplomacy approach, but unfortunately the history shows a series of failures regarding the radical Islam countries. We’ve seen it happening to Israel, The U.S. best ally in the Middle East, when negotiations were failed one after another. The “May 17 agreement” of 1983 with the Lebanese collapsed, Israel- Syria peace efforts during the Madrid Conference in 1991 was unsuccessful, and the exhausting agreement attempts with the Palestinians that lead more terror attacks rather than any diplomatic negotiation.

JINSA works hard to provides leadership and affect policy on crucial issues of national security and foreign policy. The nuclear issue with the Iranian government is one of JINSA’s biggest concerns regarding national security. We cannot allow complacency in this matter. The Iranian nuclear weapon threatens our own homeland security and Israel existence!

JINSA’s professional leaders, board of advisors and myself do our best to promote our policies and increase the awareness in the general public of the Iranian threat. Just a month ago we negotiated the nuclear issue at JINSA’s Gemunder Center Conference call on the course of Iran. Our team, chairmen, diplomats, and Ambassadors Dennis Ross and Eric Edelman discussed the critical issue and agreed that Obama’s Administration must stand firm and demonstrate our resolve to compete with it as well as talk with it. Ambassador Eric Edelman:

“It’s hard to envisage how you get an agreement without changing the trajectory of the talks and Iran’s calculus of what’s in its