Obama Gives Despicable Response to Netanyahu’s Clarion Call for Iran to Recognize Israel

By Allen West | April 8, 2015 | 4:52pm EDT

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. “It’s been a hard period,” Obama said in a weekend interview with Thomas Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times published Sunday, April 5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

If this “deal” with Iran is so good, then why aren’t we operating from a moral high ground against the world’s number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism?

One of the conditions for even sitting with Iran should have been the release of all U.S. citizens being held by this theocratic-political Islamic regime. There are two that immediately come to mind, one being a former U.S. Marine — after all the Obama acolytes sing this song about leaving no troop behind. So much for the Marines they’ve abandoned in Mexico and Iran.

Perhaps what President Obama means is that the liberal progressives do not believe in leaving any DESERTERS behind. The other notable individual is a Christian Pastor, Saeed Abedini, and maybe that’s why Mr. President, Christians say those things about you, which you shamefully mentioned at the Easter breakfast to the cheers of your sycophants. I suppose we Christians just need to be taken down from our “high horse.” And for all those fawning members of the media — I think the Iranians are also holding a member of the U.S. press, a Washington Post reporter.

I can only assess that the lives of these Americans mean little when it comes to the arrogant pride of President Barack Obama. After all, it’s about his legacy.

However, there is something else very disturbing about conditions placed – or NOT placed — on the Iranians. A simple request from our best ally in the Middle East — which one would think would be a no brainer … one would think.

As reported by Politico, “President Barack Obama is rejecting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for Iran to recognize the state of Israel as part of a final nuclear deal.”

“The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms. And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment,” Obama said in an interview with NPR on Monday.

On Friday, Netanyahu, a vocal critic of the Iranian nuclear talks, said that a nuclear deal with Iran must include “unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.” The Obama administration announced that the U.S., Iran and other world powers had reached a preliminary “framework” agreement on Thursday.

Now, let’s consider this, the leader of our best ally in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (who survived Obama’s attempt at undermining his reelection bid) asked for a condition that Iran recognize the existence of his country — and U.S. President Barack Obama blew him off. Obama referred to this request as a “fundamental misjudgment.” I view this response as a flaw in character.

This request comes as we reported last week of an Iranian Basij Militia Commander stating that the destruction of Israel was “non-negotiable.” Now, how is it that we would go into an agreement with a country whose leadership joins in with chants of “death to America” and refuses to acknowledge the only stable democratic state in the Middle East’s right to exist? I can only assess that the existence of Israel means little to Barack Obama. After all, it is about his legacy.

And this actually confirms the reason why the Obama administration uses the reference ISIL and not ISIS — as we shared, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is a reference that does not recognize the existence of Israel.

I asked before, and I ask again: When will the American Jewish community awaken and realize that Obama cares little for the Judeo-Christian faith, heritage and the inextricable bond between America and Israel? What more proof do you require than to read that Obama sees the recognition of Israel by Iran as a “fundamental misjudgment.” Try and excuse that awaythose who side with anti-Semitism or the J-Street crew, which I know you will.

What the entire Iranian nuclear “deal” episode uncovers is a person so enamored with his own personal ambition that he will sacrifice anyone, Americans and allies. I will make no apology, because someone has to make a stand against this abhorrent behavior that has blatantly gone over the edge.

In what has to be another of President Obama’s most convoluted and confusing statements, “I want to return to this point: we want Iran not to have nuclear weapons precisely because we can’t bank on the nature of the regime changing. That’s exactly why we don’t want [Iran] to have nuclear weapons. If suddenly Iran transformed itself to Germany or Sweden or France then there would be a different set of conversations about their nuclear infrastructure,” Obama told NPR.

What does that mean? It reminds me of the post November 2014 midterm election quote, when President Obama claimed to have heard the voices of the two-thirds of the Americans who didn’t vote. This weakened “deal” doesn’t stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear capacity — and we all know it has nothing to do with a peaceful energy solution. It just slows down their capability to attain the eventual goal. If that were not the case, then Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be fretting and chatting up Pakistan.

Obama revealed — and the State Department tried to correct — that in 13 years the “breakout” for Iran to attain a nuclear capacity is zero. Now, I don’t know about y’all, but I am 54. And I certainly plan on being around in 13 years. The greatest consideration for me is that my daughters are 22 and 18, and I don’t want them living in a world under threat of an Islamic terrorist regime with this capability — as none of you should want for your children and grandchildren.

This is especially true for those of you who want to see your children and grandchildren make their “birthright” trip back to Israel — unless I have something completely wrong in that statement.

No one is going to impeach Barack Obama, and he knows that. But that doesn’t mean we walk about on eggshells afraid to speak up. We have a very dangerous person as president, someone whose actions, policies, and rhetoric can no longer be excused away. He is an Islamist sympathizer.

He is certainly not a Jewish ally — as proven by his dismissal of Iran’s failure to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The fundamental misjudgment was America’s mistake in electing and reelecting this person — and his vision of fundamental transformation.

Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of “Guardian of the Republic."

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by Colonel Allen West on

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