November 27, 2013
There were many different reactions here in Israel in response to the announcement earlier this week that six world powers signed a deal with Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed anger and disappointment, Israeli citizens felt betrayed, and the Israeli military began preparing for potential repercussions.
But of the many emotions displayed throughout the Holy Land, shock was not one of them. As a democratic and free country surrounded by terrorists and dictators, we always know that we can trust only ourselves – and God – to handle Israel’s security concerns.
Throughout the nuclear negotiations, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the world against signing an agreement with Iran that would allow the country to take more steps toward becoming a nuclear power. The only reason Iran was willing to negotiate was because economic sanctions were beginning to cripple its economy, Netanyahu repeatedly said. Netanyahu warned the international community not to give in to the mullah’s requests, and to only sign an agreement that would force Iran to completely dismantle its nuclear program.
To Israel’s dismay, those guidelines were not followed. The signed nuclear agreement enables Iran to maintain its progress in nuclear enrichment, and lifting sanctions will allow it to collect billions of dollars in revenue. Iran’s leaders are boasting that they received a win-win deal.
Israelis followed the negotiations closely. It was important because it showed us how close the international community will allow Iran to get to developing nuclear weapons, and also to see how much – or how little – Israel can rely on our allies when it comes to our security concerns.
When the Iran agreement was signed, for many of us the glimmer of hope that Israel is not alone in the fight against a nuclear Iran was extinguished. Once again, like many times throughout history, it became crystal clear that Israelis cannot rely on any one else to help us with even our greatest security concerns. Israel’s leaders, people, and army can rely only on our one unwavering God, Who makes promises and keeps them forever.
Israel’s Prime Minister could not hide his disappointment about the details of the deal, and publicly announced that the State of Israel is in no way bound by the agreement. With history repeating itself before our eyes, the people of Israel are entering the Hanukkah holiday by turning to God for protection and praying for a miracle.
With blessings from the Holy Land,