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Col. Harvey: Netanyahu 'Exceptional' in Defining Iran Threat

By Sean Piccoli   |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 01:50 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the case on Tuesday that an emerging, United States-brokered nuclear deal with Iran poses a threat not just to Israel but to the entire Middle East and to the United States, retired Army Col. Derek Harvey tells Newsmax TV.

"He did an exceptionally good job," Harvey said Tuesday on an "America's Forum" panel with hosts J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman about the Netanyahu speech to Congress — which went forward despite boycotts by the White House, State Department and dozens of Democratic lawmakers.

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Fellow panelist Rick Ungar, a liberal radio talk-show co-host and contributor to Forbes.com, agreed that Netanyahu delivered a "very, very good speech."

With the fanfare of a State of the Union address, Israel's leader stepped to the House podium and told his audience that a negotiated deal with Iran is a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" and a "guarantee" that the Tehran regime will make the leap from nuclear energy to nuclear weaponry.

Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz told "America's Forum" that Netanyahu also spoke without giving the Obama administration grist for its dubious charges that he would be divulging secret details of the nuclear talks.

"The Obama administration is playing this game where they leak details of the talks [to journalists]," said Fleitz. "And then when someone like myself or Netanyahu try to talk about it, they claim either we're leaking information or we don't know what's being discussed in the talks."

Ungar said that what the speech lacked was a proposed solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

"I don't think he made a very compelling case that just doing more of the same is going to helps us," said Ungar. "We can increase sanctions; I'm OK with that. We can negotiate harder; I'm certainly OK with that. But that doesn't lead me to believe that [Iran is] going to stop enriching uranium."

"This was the biggest flaw," Ungar said of the speech, adding, "I don't hear where he's offering something that's likely to work better [than negotiations] and that's disconcerting to me."

Harvey said that the United States, as lead negotiator for the P5+1 countries talking to Iran, actually has taken some of the pressure off Iran of late, lending urgency to Netanyahu's appeal.

"We've released our grip and we need to keep it on," said Harvey, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who served as inaugural director of U.S. Central Command's Afghanistan-Pakistan Center of Excellence.

"We need to continue to look for other ways of keeping a coalition together, maintaining sanctions and strengthening them," he said. "But we can also contest … what they're doing in supporting terrorism and other maligned activities in the region more aggressively with our partners in that part of the world.

"We have really not taken on Tehran's activities in any direct way and we've only really worked on the margins. There's a lot more we can do without this idea or false choice of, 'It's war or this deal.'"

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the case on Tuesday that an emerging, United States-brokered nuclear deal with Iran poses a threat not just to Israel but to the entire Middle East and to the United States, retired Army Col. Derek Harvey tells Newsmax TV.
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