Knesset Member Danon: Obama’s Iran Policy a Failure

Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 04:53 PM

By Patrick Hobin and Kathleen Walter

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President Barack Obama’s Iranian policy is a failure strictly based on the result, which is the continued enrichment of uranium and building of reactors, Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and rising Israeli political star told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

Obama’s policy has not yielded results, Danon said, as Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to thumb his nose at the West.

Watch the exclusive interview here.



“It is a failure because you look at the results and you don’t give a grade A for effort,” Danon said. “And the result is that Iranians continue to build the reactors, Ahmadinejad is coming to the U.N. every year. He’s actually laughing at us because we talk, we write reports, but he goes back to Iran and he’s continued with enriching of the uranium and building their reactors.”

Obama has said that he can’t find time in his schedule to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits New York later this month. Danon, a staunch supporter of Israeli nationalism, said Obama “decided not to decide about Iran.”

“Prime Minister Netanyahu will arrive to the United States at the end of this month to attend the U.N. Convention,” Danon said. “He wanted to meet President Obama because we are dealing in a crucial moment regarding the issue of Iran and Iranians. The president is telling us, ‘Do not attack Iran. Wait.’ And he wanted to avoid the meeting because he was afraid that the prime minister would ask him, ‘Until when do you want us to wait?’ President Obama decided not decide about Iran.”

Danon, who is author of a new book, “The Will to Prevail,” wouldn’t rule out Israel acting on its own to deal with the Iranians.

“We have done it in the past and in my book, I analyze all of the decision makers of Israelis in the past and you can learn about the future,” he said. “We did it in 1981 when we attacked the nuclear reactor in Iraq. And, by the way, we were condemned back then, we were condemned by the U.N., even by the U.S. Only 10 years later, when the U.S. invaded Iraq, people say it was a good call of Prime Minister Menachem Begin to attack Iraq back then.”

In his book, Danon pushes for Israel to prioritize its own viability and makes the case for an autonomous Israel that acts on its own terms apart from the U.S. and or world opinion.

“Israel is a very young state,” he said. “When you look at modern history of Israel, we had to change the realities. We couldn’t wait and see what will develop. We did it in 1948, in ’67 and also today. We are not in a position to just wait and see what happens. America is very strong and we love America but we cannot afford to make mistakes. If President Obama is making a mistake, you will pay for it but you’ll be able to recover. If we’re making a mistake, it could be a fatal one.”

Danon weighed in on the attacks on American embassies in Libya and Egypt. To him, it was confirmation that there is little if no room for reasoning with Middle East countries.

The attacks, Danon said, “proves to the American people that they should not look for reasoning in the Middle East.” He said Obama tried to ask forgiveness there and “it’s actually being perceived as weakness and the American people have to understand that we are living in a tough neighborhood with a different set of rules.”

Danon agreed that the attacks represent a growing resurgence in the Middle East that threatens the security of the United States and Israel
“We spoke a lot about the Arab Spring,” he said. “Spring, it sounds so nice, so romantic, a very nice word. But, actually, it’s an Arab Winter because we know that those of the revolution are bringing Muslim radical forces into power and we are following it very carefully today in Israel.”

The Likud Party member said he hopes Egypt won’t break off diplomatic relations with Israel, “but when we look at the pictures coming from Egypt, we are worried. We are also worried to see the amount of money that the U.S. is giving to Egypt, the technology, the weapons. Who know what they will be doing with these weapons in the near future? And today I hear that the Egyptians are looking to buy German submarines with American taxpayers’ money. You have to evaluate Egypt again because today it’s becoming a Muslim state and maybe a Muslim radical state.”

Danon writes in his book that discussions about the creation of a Palestinian state should cease altogether and proposes a three-state solution entailing an agreement between Jordan, Egypt and Israel, giving Palestinians land and rights across these three areas.

“We have tried for the last 20 years to walk out with the idea of two-state solution,” Danon said. “It doesn’t work. It is not about land for peace. It’s not about what Israelis are willing to give. There is no viable partner and we don’t want to see an entity of terror in our backyard. It’s not going to be tomorrow morning but, in the long run, the ultimate agreement should involve Egypt and Jordan. The Palestinians will stay where they are, but they will be connected and linked to Jordan and Egypt.”

Turning to the U.S. election, Danon said another four years of Obama will not be good for Israel.

“That’s something we should say very clearly,” he said. “In my book, I explain why. I give examples and I compare President Obama not to President Bush. I compare him to President Clinton who tried to mediate between the Palestinian and the Israelis, whereas President Obama tried to dictate his wishful appeasement on us. You cannot dictate in the Middle East anything.”


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