Trump 'sold Israel down the river'

Anger among Israel supporters in Washington as administration reportedly caves to Europeans, allows Iranian medium range ballistic missiles.

Guy Cohen ,

 Ballistic missile launched and tested in undisclosed location, Iran, March 9, 2016
Ballistic missile launched and tested in undisclosed location, Iran, March 9, 2016
צילום: Reuters

There is anger among Israel's supporters in the US after the administration reportedly caved in to European demands, and decided to allow Iran to continue to hold medium range ballistic missiles.

According to a report by Adam Kredo in the Washington Free Beacon, the Trump administration is "poised to legitimize Iran's ballistic missile program, granting the Islamic Republic the ability to produce and test a series of missiles capable of striking Israel."

The report says European countries have been pressuring the Trump administration for weeks on the matter, and the senior officials handling the talks are "said to have conceded to a demand that Iran only restrict ballistic missile activity to its longer range missiles, leaving untouched its mammoth arsenal of short-range and medium-range missiles that could easily hit Israel and other Middle Eastern nations."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told the conservative website that the proposed European "fixes" "would only constrain the Iranians from doing things they never would have done" and that President Trump should reject these empty promises and withdraw America from this disastrous deal."

The Beacon added that the US negotiating team and its stance has not changed since former secretary of state Rex Tillerson and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster were fired by Trump. "The Tillerson-McMaster negotiating team is carrying water for the Europeans," said one administration insider. "They have nothing real to show after months of negotiations," the source said. "The idea that they are even close to ‘fixing' the JCPOA is farcical."

"I honestly don't know how the president can sell Israel down the river like that," said one Jewish official who "routinely engaged with the White House" on Iran issues. "It's bad enough they're trying to deal with missile threats to their north alone. Now Iran gets a green light to perfect missiles that will one day constitute an existential threat to Israel's existence?"

Josh Block, a former Clinton administration official who serves as the CEO and president of The Israel Project, told the Free Beacon that the Trump administration is leaving Israel open to attack.

"We know that the mullah regime already has the capability to strike targets up to 1,240 miles from Iran's borders—a range sufficient to hit the State of Israel, our Arab allies across the region, every U.S. military installation and American soldier in the region, and even parts of Europe," said Block.

He called Iran's new ballistic missile cap offer "a total sham—one cooked-up by Iran's allies in Russia, who are already supporting Tehran and Assad's violent war to dominate the Middle East—designed to fool President Trump, with the support of greedy Europeans who care more about making money."