ZOA Blasts Obama Over Iran

Obama has repeatedly claimed the he will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, but his record indicates otherwise, says ZOA.

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The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) blasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday, over his failure to live up to his promises to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

In a statement, ZOA national president Mort Klein said that while Obama has repeatedly claimed the he will not allow Iran to obtain such weapons, his record indicates otherwise.

Klein cited Obama’s recent instructing of Congress not to pass laws which would strengthen the sanctions on Iran, as well as his asking Jewish groups in America not to pressure lawmakers to increase the sanctions.

“President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated for more than five years –– since before he was elected President –– that he will ‘never, never” allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. He has also repeatedly stated that, ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period,’” said Klein.

“The ZOA is deeply concerned that his Iranian pledge is as untrue as his health care pledge,” he added.

“To stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is not only a vital Israeli interest, but a vital American interest.

 “If Iran is allowed to become a nuclear power, nuclear proliferation across the Middle East will ensue. Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Sunni Arab states will seek their own nuclear deterrent against Iran and Egypt and Turkey are also likely to join the race for a nuclear weapons capability.”

Klein noted, “Within a few years, Iran, which already possesses missiles capable of striking Israel and Europe, will possess intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) which will have the ability to carry a nuclear payload and to strike targets in America. At that point, the U.S. too will be subject to Iranian nuclear blackmail in everything it does. Iran is thus a supreme test of American credibility in world affairs. If Iran gets the bomb, after successive U.S. presidents have said that it will not be allowed to do so, American credibility, influence and power will have been dealt a devastating blow.

“The Iranian regime, including several former presidents, has repeatedly threatened the nuclear destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. Jewish history has taught us that horrific, genocidal threats cannot be ignored, but must be taken with utmost seriousness. In addition to an Iranian nuclear power being a monumental threat to America, Europe and the Middle East, the threat to Israel, a small country that can be utterly devastated by just a few nuclear bombs, only magnifies the urgency of stopping Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.”

The ZOA’s statement noted that while Obama has verbally assured more than once that he would not accept a nuclear-armed Iran, both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary have made statements that seemed to suggest acceptance of a nuclear Iran.

Clinton, noted the statement, said in July 2009 that the U.S. would extend a “missile shield” over the Middle East, implying acceptance of a nuclear Iran, while Hagel argued for years before his confirmation in 2013 that the U.S. should reject all measures, not only military but economic as well, to prevent Iran becoming a nuclear power.

In addition, said ZOA, while Obama, has declared that Israel will legitimately decide how defend its security, his officials, advisers and actions have suggested otherwise. The statement cited remarks by Vice President Joe Biden, Clinton, and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who explicitly opposed an Israeli strike.

“The Obama Administration has damagingly publicized Israeli military and intelligence information, including regarding Israeli preparations to deal with Iran militarily should the need arise,” said the statement. “This has included leaking news of Israeli military preparations, such as revelations in March 2013 about Israeli use of Azerbaijan airfields with regard to a possible operation against Iran. Also, in May 2013 the Administration revealed details of an American-Israeli top-secret a U.S.-funded installation at an undisclosed location between Jerusalem and Ashdod for Israel’s Arrow 3 ballistic missile defense system.”

ZOA concluded that “The record of President Obama’s actions and policies on Iran for the past five years is deeply disturbing; one that cannot inspire any confidence that President Obama means what he says when it comes to stopping Iran.

“Everyone concerned for the future security of the U.S. and Israel should be afraid –– very afraid,” said the organization.