The deal: a mirror, a fake, a betrayal, a road to hell

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Do you know what a mirror is? It’s a surface that shows you what you look like. It reflects back to you who you are.

That’s what this newly inked P5+1/Iran deal is (“As it happened: Iran nuclear deal [completed]”, BBC, April 2, 2015). It’s no deal. It has no substance.

What you see in this deal is just a pretty, shiny face. It’s your face: what you see is your own political bias.

For example, in Israel, if you lean Left, you like what you see (Barak Ravid, “Iran nuclear framework agreement: Not a bad deal”, Haaretz, April 2, 2015). But if you’re the Prime Minister of Israel, you hate what you see (Barak Ravid, “Israeli officials: Iran deal will make world much more dangerous”, Haaretz, April 2, 2015).

If you’re a ‘centrist’, you’re either not sure what you’re looking at (Ron Ben-Yishai, “A better deal than we expected”, YNET, April 3, 2015)—or you imitate King Solomon. You talk about a deal that cuts the baby (Israel) in half: (Mitch Ginsburg, “Nuclear deal leaves Israel with few options”, Times of Israel, April 3, 2015).

If you lean to the Right, you keep your mouth shut (at least, as of 9am Israel time, April 3, 2015).

In America, if you’re the President of the United States, you’re happy (David Jackson, “Obama: Iran accord will make the world safer”, USA Today, April 3, 2015). If you support Obama—or share his anti-Israel bias—you’re also happy  (Michael Gordon and David Sanger, “Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline, First Step Toward a Wider Deal”, New York Times, April 3, 2015). You happily declare with delight that the deal is “a surprisingly specific and comprehensive understanding on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years” (ibid).

(Is that what this deal is—an ‘understanding’? How does that stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons?)

If you’re ‘centrist’ in America, you ignore the deal and report on Israel’s reaction (Josef Federman, “Israel cool to Iran deal, may struggle to rally opposition”, Associated Press, April 2, 2015).

If you’re anti-Obama, you hate the deal (“Trust Iran Deal? No Way! Obama Fooled, Not American People”, Conservative Post, April 2, 2015).

If you’re Iran, you have no interest in deals or mirrors. If you’re Iran, who cares what anyone says. You’re going to do whatever you want in any case.

So what does Iran see in this new deal? Even before the ink has dried, all Iran sees is a bunch of lies (Ari Yashar, “Iran says US is lying about Nuclear deal”, Arutz Sheva, April 3, 2015).

This deal is no deal. It’s a fake. It’s just a mirror. It leaves Iran free to do whatever it pleases (with, if anything, only minimal restrictions). It even releases to Iran billions of US dollars that have been frozen for years.

Those billions will be useful. Iran is considered by some to be the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. In case you didn’t know, sponsoring terror can be expensive.

On second thought, maybe this deal isn’t a mirror after all. It’s a fake; and like all fakes, it betrays our trust.

Obama has certainly waved his piece-of-paper-for-peace (USA Today, above), just as Neville Chamberlain did in 1938. Obama claims he’s completed a historic deal to make the world safe, just as Chamberlain tried to do.

But has Obama won peace? If this so-called deal is so ‘historic’, why do the Iranians dispute almost every major achievement touted by the White House? (William Jacobson, “Iran Framework Deal: Greatest Political Hoax Ever?”, Legal Insurrection, April 5, 2015). According to some reports, the Obama promise to make sure Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon is turning out to be a lie, not peace.

For example, some argue that Iran will not shut down a single nuclear facility (Bruce Thornton, “Repeating history yet again”, Front Page Mag, April 6, 2015). It won’t dismantle a single centrifuge—or enough centrifuges to make a difference (ibid). It won’t be shipping its stockpile of enriched uranium out of country (ibid). Inspection regimes won’t have any teeth (ibid). Worse yet, sanctions will be lifted upon signing, at least according to the Iranians (ibid).

It’s beginning to look like the only thing ‘historic’ about this deal is the extent to which Barack Obama has betrayed us.

This deal is lots of things—a mirror, a fake, a betrayal. One thing it isn’t, is a road to peace. If anything, it’s a road to hell.