Prime Minister Netanyahu is obligated to do what he thinks is in the best interests of Israel. President Obama is obligated to act in the best interests of the United States of America. Only history will tell us if those two sets of interests really diverge.
Its success or failure depends largely on the extent to which Iran will, in fact, comply with its various provisions. The more important question is, will it lead to a permanent accord that will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons?
After almost five years in office, President Obama has a remarkable, and growing, list of broken promises. His presidency has been characterized by "say one thing, do another" moments to such an extent that his credibility at home and abroad is now seriously diminished.
This deal is a good first step towards that goal. This is good for Israel, Iran, America and the entire Middle east.
Watching the Asia-Pacific slide into chaos, or become a vast Chinese lake, while remaining fatefully fixated on highly questionable Middle Eastern agendas could be disastrous. It would certainly be foolhardy.
Obama's well-publicized 90-minute telephone call to Netanyahu placated him not at all. Immediately afterward, Netanyahu resumed his public posturing.
The last month has been dismaying for anyone concerned about the US-Israel relationship. While the United States and five other powers worked to re...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade.
The deal that was struck in Geneva between Iran and the P5+ 1 represents an important first step in curbing Iran's nuclear program. Regardless of the multiple flaws it contains, it offers a chance to end Iran's nuclear impasse peacefully.
More than ever, Israel is isolated from world opinion and the squishy entity known as "the international community." The Israeli government keeps condemning the Iran nuclear deal, by any rational standard a positive step away from the threat of catastrophic war.
While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?
Netanyahu has always liked to think of himself as a daring leader a la Churchill. He is about to find out that it takes more than cigars and grand rhetoric to actually become a great leader.
A realignment of Middle East politics? That remains to be seen, but it is more likely than before with the signing of the agreement, and one with potential effects that could go beyond the immediate Iranian connection.
A nuclear accord with Teheran would help secure Israel. An accord with Iran might drive the Saudis and others in the Gulf to reconsider the peace process and their willingness to stake an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.
Aside from Netanyahu's lack of credibility on any Iran deal, or the dubious value of scuttling an agreement that promises to verifiably prevent any nuclear weapons, no amount of lobbying by Israel will significantly alter the outlines of the accord.