Media applaud return of failed Iran deal: Goodwin

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A Monday New York Times front page headline on the explosion of a key Iranian nuclear power plant claimed “Attack May Hinder Efforts to Restart 2015 Agreement.” Also on the front page on Tuesday, the newspaper said “Israel’s role in Iran explosion casts a shadow over US nuclear talks”

Find? Making a new deal with Iran is a very good thing, anything that harms luck is a very bad thing, including Israel.

Here’s another take: The Times still drinks the Kool-Aid that the original Iranian nuclear pact was a success and worth saving. For the impasses committed, Iran’s violations of the terms and the spread of regional terrorism are irrelevant.

The cult surrounding the Gray Lady deal includes the newspaper’s editorial board. His Saturday cover, written ahead of the weekend’s attack, began by saying, “There is now a brief window of time” for President Biden to come to a new deal. The reason: Iranian moderates could be gone by the summer. Ah, yes, the Iranian moderates, the unicorns that only leftists with closed eyes can see. So let’s hurry up and make a deal, any deal.

The Times, of course, spits out a lot of nonsense that is safely ignored, but this time it’s singing along with Biden. The president is so eager to join the pact that Donald Trump has wisely scuttled that he is ready to help blame Israel for the sabotage of Natanz’s underground facility. With initial speculation that the United States and Israel cooperated in the attack, as they did in a cyberattack in 2010, the White House quickly denied any role in the operation, which put power off the centrifuges. “The United States was not involved in any way,” press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.

So much for the usual diplomatic ambiguity that would protect an ally and give the United States more flexibility when asked about classified operations in the future.

But Biden clearly has no interest in protecting Israel’s likely role. On the contrary, he notified in many ways that the full American embrace enjoyed by the Jewish state during the Trump years is history.

Indeed, the efforts to separate from Israel and woo Iran illustrate just how determined Biden is to breathe new life into the Obama-Biden administration’s foreign policy, even failures. The main one is to make Israel more of an obstacle to peace than a friend and a unique ally.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), then President Donald Trump and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed (right) display their copies of the signed Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 15, 2020.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), then President Donald Trump and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed (right) display their copies of the signed Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 15, 2020.
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A clear example is that Biden has already given the Palestinians two freebies – hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and the rowdy veto on US policies regarding their dispute with Israel. Trump had stopped payments in part because part of the money went to the salaries of terrorist families. Besides, the Palestinian leadership has even refused to speak to the Trump team, so why should they be rewarded with American money. They shouldn’t but, incredibly, none of these issues seem to bother Biden. Full speed back.

As for the Abrahamic Accords, the historic alliance between Israel and four Muslim nations, a new State Department spokesperson couldn’t even bring himself to say the official name of the accords. Had Trump been re-elected, it is likely that the Saudis would have signed and made their secret Israeli relations public, perhaps even accepting full diplomatic recognition. It would be an unprecedented seismic change, but Biden began his administration insulting the crown prince by saying he would only speak to the king.

He also cut our military support for the kingdom’s war in Yemen against the Houthis, a terrorist group that attacked Saudi oil fields.

The Houthis themselves provide a window into Biden’s bizarre priorities. Although – or perhaps because – the Houthis are funded and armed primarily by Iran, he removed the terrorist designation Trump had imposed on the group in the final days of his administration. Trump’s action was a slap in the face on Iran and a gift to Saudi Arabia, and Biden reversed that. Again, why?

Still, the timing of Natanz’s explosion matters, right after Iranian and US negotiators have had their first round of meetings. With much of the Israeli press assuming it was a Mossad operation, the Times and Biden appear to have concluded that the goal was to thwart progress that could lead to a new nuclear pact. They might be right, but here’s another more likely possibility. Israel doesn’t trust Biden to get a good deal or Iran to abide by the restrictions. Therefore, Israel acted to roll back the mullahs’ nuclear program while it had an opening and before it was too late. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, “I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to achieve its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel.”

It is not known if the United States still shares this commitment. This doubt is a formula of trouble that has already emboldened Iran and led Israel to act without waiting for US approval or aid.

An endless “election day”

Reader Ruth Cohen is baffled by the fighting over early voting and other rules. She writes, “What’s wrong with an election day? People know the date months in advance. They can prepare themselves by registering, making sure there are daycare centers, someone to get them to the polls if they are disabled. “They can set the alarm clock to wake up early, eat and hydrate. Everyone has a birthday, an anniversary; there is a Christmas day. What is the rationale for 12 or 17 days even to vote within a month of election day? “

Unspoken party

Yahoo publishes a detailed article in the Albuquerque Journal about New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who paid a former staff member $ 62,500 to settle a sexual abuse complaint. It’s a good read, but history doesn’t tell which party the governor belongs to.

That’s how you know she’s a Democrat.

Fear of the metro

The results are so simple that you wonder why the MTA bothered to do a survey. Then you remember that City Hall needs another reminder that metro crime terrifies passengers and prevents others from taking trains. Some 72% of current passengers say they are “very concerned” about safety. Only 26 percent said they were “satisfied” with the crime and harassment conditions, down 15 points from September. About 36% of those who stopped driving cited crime as the reason.

“Our passengers have sent a clear message,” Acting Transit President Sarah Feinberg told The Post. “If you make the system more secure, [they] will come back. The survey of 25,205 people should be a red flag that more cops are needed. But Mayor de Blasio, whose term is ending and the NYPD is shrinking, is less interested than ever in doing anything. Remember the investigation the next time officials complain that ridership is well below pre-pandemic levels. There is a good reason.

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