July 27, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed fear that, were Congress to reject the Iran deal, “our friends [sic] Israel could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed.” To Jennifer Rubin, the real message is otherwise.
Kerry does not “fear” Israel would be blamed; he is threatening to blame Israel if U.S. lawmakers decide that the deal is not in the interests of the United States. Not only is he inciting anti-Israel fervor, but he also is [suggesting] that Israel controls Congress. In doing all this, the administration echoes ancient tropes against the Jews and not-so-ancient ones against an Israeli government that won’t meekly assent to its death. . . . .
The president and his advisers desperately want to divert attention from their own grossly defective deal—and to blame Israel if it fails. Nothing could be more revealing of the deal’s weakness and the Obama administration’s hostility to Israel than the manner in which it is defending the deal.