I believe Iran and Saudi Arabia, not John Kerry

While Secretary of State John Kerry was busy blaming Israel for questioning the Iran deal thus potentially destroying his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize he feels he so richly deserves, Iran was busy confirming why Kerry deserves the Nobel Sucker Prize or the Nobel Prize for Endangering the World By Nuclear Iran.

Speaking publicly at a think tank, Kerry cleverly shifted the failure of his deadly crowning achievement to the tried and true usual victims -- the Israelis, the Jews.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations think tank on Friday that should Congress reject the nuclear deal with Iran, Israel might find itself more isolated and "more blamed by the international community."

Also on Friday, Kerry said in an interview with NBC that it would be a "huge mistake" for Israel to take unilateral military action against Iran.

Kerry was asked in the "Today" show interview if the nuclear deal would make an Israeli military or cyberattack on Tehran more likely.

"That'd be an enormous mistake, a huge mistake with grave consequences for Israel and for the region, and I don't think it's necessary," Kerry said. 

Israel, however, is accustomed to the idea of isolation for taking an unpopular stance while ultimately proven to be correct because a donkey and its owner predicted this thousands of years ago. As told in the Jewish Bible, Bamidbar, In the Desert, Numbers 23:8-9, weekly portion, Balak, a donkey's owner Balaam prophesied:

 “the nation (Israel) shall dwell alone, and not be reckoned among the nations” (Bamidbar 23:9)  Many see these words of Balaam as the formative statement of the relationship between Israel and the nations of the world. The Perennial anti-Semitism in the world and Israel’s international isolation would seem to prove that this indeed our destiny is to stand apart from other nations. On the other hand, one could argue the opposite, that the Jewish people are the people most involved and engaged with humanity. Judaism has had tremendous impact on the world. Jews have always been at the forefront on development of humanity as testified the number of Jewish Nobel prize winners and by the prominence of Jews in so many political and cultural movements.

Interestingly, Kerry did not mention that Saudi Arabia would also be more isolated and blamed by the international community because of its stated misgivings about the deal. Hmmm, maybe oil and its billions of dollars had something to do with that. Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia has realistic fears that Shiite Muslim Iran might bomb Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim neighbors such as Pakistan, Dubai, and others which might keep their fears of isolation and blame at bay.  

Saudi Arabia's King Salman backs Israel over Iran nuclear deal concerns

King Salman of Saudi Arabia voiced misgivings about the Iran nuclear deal to Ashton Carter, the visiting U.S. defence secretary, on Wednesday, as the battle for hearts and minds over this month's agreement moved from the Middle East to Washington.

(snip)

King Salman, who inherited the Saudi throne in January, expressed doubt about the nuclear deal's verification process, as well as questioning the "snap-back" mechanism for re-imposing sanctions if Iran violated its terms, Mr Carter told reporters. 

"Those are the same issues that we know will arise" during the agreement's implementation, said the defence secretary, who also announced that the king had been invited to Washington to meet Mr Obama.

But then an adviser to Khameni himself, whose collective ancestors invented chess, and are accustomed to thinking several steps ahead of their hapless counterpart Kerry, who still believes that the U.S. committed/commits atrocities but not the enemy, obligingly proved why Kerry is wrong and should be isolated and blamed by the international community for the terrible international danger he has engineered.

A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Saturday that the Islamic Republic would deny International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors any access to the country’s military sites, contradicting remarks by US officials following the signing of a nuclear agreement with Tehran last week.

“The access of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency or from any other body to Iran’s military centers is forbidden,” Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser for international affairs, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera satellite TV. Velayati further stressed that the directive will be enforced regardless of interpretations by the P5+1 world powers to the contrary. 

(snip)

Under the complex formulations in the agreement, Iran would have notice of 24 days for international inspections of suspect sites, a stipulation that was heavily criticized by Israel and other opponents of the deal. Skeptics say it is an ideal scenario for Iran to cheat.

Iran and the IAEA have, according to reports, signed a separate agreement regarding UN inspections at Parchin. This was denied by the head of Iran’s atomic agency on Friday.

“The AEOI and the IAEA do not have any separate agreement on visiting the Parchin military site,” Ali Akbar Salehi told the state-run ICANA news agency, referring to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, respectively.

Both Salehi’s and Velayati’s remarks appear to contradict a clause in the so-called road map signed by Salehi and IAEA chief Yukiya Amano on July 14, which Amano called “clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program.”

According to the joint statement released by the two at the time, Iran and the IAEA agreed on another separate arrangement regarding the issue of Parchin. Amano’s individual statement at the time reiterates that the road map contains “a separate arrangement regarding the issue of Parchin.”

US lawmakers opposed to the Iran agreement cite “secret side deals” within it, among them provisions for inspections of Parchin. These provisions were not previously revealed to Congress as part of its 60-day review process of the deal, something that is required by law.

Iranian president Rouhani also dismissed Kerry's huffing and puffing about "all options remain on the table", such as war if the Iranians violate any parts of the deal, stating 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the US officials' recent statements against Tehran after the country and the world powers reached a nuclear agreement in Vienna on July 14, calling on them to give up the bad habit of threatening Iran.

President Rouhani's remarks came after US State Secretary John Kerry threatened to use military action against Tehran if it failed to respect a historic nuclear deal sealed on 14 July.

"The US should know that it has no other option but respecting Iran and showing modesty towards the country and saying the right thing," President Rouhani said, addressing a large crowd of people in the Western city of Sanandaj on Sunday.

The Iranian president pointed to the Americans' catch phrase "all options are on the table" used by the US officials, and called on "the US officials and statesmen to decide to make changes in their political room; the table they are talking about has broken legs."

He said that Iran will continue its path to get rid of the (western) sanctions.

Contradicting his reassurances from five days before, on Tuesday, Kerry admitted to Rep. Morris Brooks (R-AL) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that why yes, Iran
        "may" kill Americans or Israelis. 
        "Well, do you believe that Iran is the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism?"
        "Yes," Kerry responded.
        "And that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or                        Israelis?"
        "Well, they may," said Kerry. "They may. And we have, as you know, responded to that from 1979 when they took over              our embassy  forward, we have put sanctions in place specifically because of their support for terror."
But... Flip Flop ("I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.") Kerry, the deal you are so proud of, are so strongly advocating for lifts, abolishes, removes those very sanctions you voted for.
 
For sanctions/against sanctions all in one bill?  
 
Representative Brooks then asked:
Three months ago Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi stated that erasing Israel off the map is non-negotiable. Do you believe his comments accurately reflect Iranian government goals? Yes, no, or I don’t know?

Secretary Kerry: I think it accurately reflects some people’s rhetoric and some people’s attitude, but…

Mr. Brooks: In the Iranian government?

Secretary Kerry: I don’t think it’s possible for Iran to do that, and I think Israel has enormous capacity obviously…

But… Flip Flop Kerry, it is highly "possible for Iran to do that" because you warned Israel it would be blamed and isolated if they used its "enormous capacity obviously" so Iran would “do that” as promised.  Can or cannot?  Should or should not? 

In further questioning from presumably friendly Democrat Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) then asked:

“Will implementation of the agreement increase Iran’s support for terrorism?”

John F. Kerry: “We have no way to know. I presume, in some places, possibly, only in the sense that they are committed to certain things that we interpret as terrorism, they don’t, and we’re going to continue to conflict on those issues.”

But... flip flopper, sir.  Wasn't a main purpose of the deal eliminating terror? Also, I thought strict guidelines were in place to guarantee no terror from Iran. And now you're telling the world "we have no know way to know" while admitting oh yes, "they are committed to certain things that we interpret as terrorism, they don't." Whose definition of terrorism prevailed in this agreement? Both? Just how are you "going to continue to conflict on those issues" if the conflict gets heated, really heated, you know heated as in the use of nuclear weapons which you won't be able to inspect?                         

"Secret side deals." Iranian denial of Kerry's statements. Iranian mockery of Kerry's reassurances.  Iranian contradictions of Kerry's promises.  Saudi Arabia's and others' -- who are too afraid to publicly agree with Israel -- grave doubts. The entire free world -- and large parts that aren't--fearful of Iran as a nuclear power, silently supporting Israel but too frightened to admit it.

Who to believe?  Who to trust?  Well, while I certainly don't trust and/or believe Saudi Arabia or Iran it is a sad commentary that I believe and trust their statements about the Iran deal more than the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's.  And for that I blame John Kerry.  Let's isolate him.  And not vote for this dangerous deal.  

While Secretary of State John Kerry was busy blaming Israel for questioning the Iran deal thus potentially destroying his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize he feels he so richly deserves, Iran was busy confirming why Kerry deserves the Nobel Sucker Prize or the Nobel Prize for Endangering the World By Nuclear Iran.

Speaking publicly at a think tank, Kerry cleverly shifted the failure of his deadly crowning achievement to the tried and true usual victims -- the Israelis, the Jews.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations think tank on Friday that should Congress reject the nuclear deal with Iran, Israel might find itself more isolated and "more blamed by the international community."

Also on Friday, Kerry said in an interview with NBC that it would be a "huge mistake" for Israel to take unilateral military action against Iran.

Kerry was asked in the "Today" show interview if the nuclear deal would make an Israeli military or cyberattack on Tehran more likely.

"That'd be an enormous mistake, a huge mistake with grave consequences for Israel and for the region, and I don't think it's necessary," Kerry said. 

Israel, however, is accustomed to the idea of isolation for taking an unpopular stance while ultimately proven to be correct because a donkey and its owner predicted this thousands of years ago. As told in the Jewish Bible, Bamidbar, In the Desert, Numbers 23:8-9, weekly portion, Balak, a donkey's owner Balaam prophesied:

 “the nation (Israel) shall dwell alone, and not be reckoned among the nations” (Bamidbar 23:9)  Many see these words of Balaam as the formative statement of the relationship between Israel and the nations of the world. The Perennial anti-Semitism in the world and Israel’s international isolation would seem to prove that this indeed our destiny is to stand apart from other nations. On the other hand, one could argue the opposite, that the Jewish people are the people most involved and engaged with humanity. Judaism has had tremendous impact on the world. Jews have always been at the forefront on development of humanity as testified the number of Jewish Nobel prize winners and by the prominence of Jews in so many political and cultural movements.

Interestingly, Kerry did not mention that Saudi Arabia would also be more isolated and blamed by the international community because of its stated misgivings about the deal. Hmmm, maybe oil and its billions of dollars had something to do with that. Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia has realistic fears that Shiite Muslim Iran might bomb Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim neighbors such as Pakistan, Dubai, and others which might keep their fears of isolation and blame at bay.  

Saudi Arabia's King Salman backs Israel over Iran nuclear deal concerns

King Salman of Saudi Arabia voiced misgivings about the Iran nuclear deal to Ashton Carter, the visiting U.S. defence secretary, on Wednesday, as the battle for hearts and minds over this month's agreement moved from the Middle East to Washington.

(snip)

King Salman, who inherited the Saudi throne in January, expressed doubt about the nuclear deal's verification process, as well as questioning the "snap-back" mechanism for re-imposing sanctions if Iran violated its terms, Mr Carter told reporters. 

"Those are the same issues that we know will arise" during the agreement's implementation, said the defence secretary, who also announced that the king had been invited to Washington to meet Mr Obama.

But then an adviser to Khameni himself, whose collective ancestors invented chess, and are accustomed to thinking several steps ahead of their hapless counterpart Kerry, who still believes that the U.S. committed/commits atrocities but not the enemy, obligingly proved why Kerry is wrong and should be isolated and blamed by the international community for the terrible international danger he has engineered.

A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Saturday that the Islamic Republic would deny International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors any access to the country’s military sites, contradicting remarks by US officials following the signing of a nuclear agreement with Tehran last week.

“The access of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency or from any other body to Iran’s military centers is forbidden,” Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser for international affairs, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera satellite TV. Velayati further stressed that the directive will be enforced regardless of interpretations by the P5+1 world powers to the contrary. 

(snip)

Under the complex formulations in the agreement, Iran would have notice of 24 days for international inspections of suspect sites, a stipulation that was heavily criticized by Israel and other opponents of the deal. Skeptics say it is an ideal scenario for Iran to cheat.

Iran and the IAEA have, according to reports, signed a separate agreement regarding UN inspections at Parchin. This was denied by the head of Iran’s atomic agency on Friday.

“The AEOI and the IAEA do not have any separate agreement on visiting the Parchin military site,” Ali Akbar Salehi told the state-run ICANA news agency, referring to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, respectively.

Both Salehi’s and Velayati’s remarks appear to contradict a clause in the so-called road map signed by Salehi and IAEA chief Yukiya Amano on July 14, which Amano called “clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program.”

According to the joint statement released by the two at the time, Iran and the IAEA agreed on another separate arrangement regarding the issue of Parchin. Amano’s individual statement at the time reiterates that the road map contains “a separate arrangement regarding the issue of Parchin.”

US lawmakers opposed to the Iran agreement cite “secret side deals” within it, among them provisions for inspections of Parchin. These provisions were not previously revealed to Congress as part of its 60-day review process of the deal, something that is required by law.

Iranian president Rouhani also dismissed Kerry's huffing and puffing about "all options remain on the table", such as war if the Iranians violate any parts of the deal, stating 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the US officials' recent statements against Tehran after the country and the world powers reached a nuclear agreement in Vienna on July 14, calling on them to give up the bad habit of threatening Iran.

President Rouhani's remarks came after US State Secretary John Kerry threatened to use military action against Tehran if it failed to respect a historic nuclear deal sealed on 14 July.

"The US should know that it has no other option but respecting Iran and showing modesty towards the country and saying the right thing," President Rouhani said, addressing a large crowd of people in the Western city of Sanandaj on Sunday.

The Iranian president pointed to the Americans' catch phrase "all options are on the table" used by the US officials, and called on "the US officials and statesmen to decide to make changes in their political room; the table they are talking about has broken legs."

He said that Iran will continue its path to get rid of the (western) sanctions.

Contradicting his reassurances from five days before, on Tuesday, Kerry admitted to Rep. Morris Brooks (R-AL) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that why yes, Iran
        "may" kill Americans or Israelis. 
        "Well, do you believe that Iran is the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism?"
        "Yes," Kerry responded.
        "And that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or                        Israelis?"
        "Well, they may," said Kerry. "They may. And we have, as you know, responded to that from 1979 when they took over              our embassy  forward, we have put sanctions in place specifically because of their support for terror."
But... Flip Flop ("I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.") Kerry, the deal you are so proud of, are so strongly advocating for lifts, abolishes, removes those very sanctions you voted for.
 
For sanctions/against sanctions all in one bill?  
 
Representative Brooks then asked:
Three months ago Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi stated that erasing Israel off the map is non-negotiable. Do you believe his comments accurately reflect Iranian government goals? Yes, no, or I don’t know?

Secretary Kerry: I think it accurately reflects some people’s rhetoric and some people’s attitude, but…

Mr. Brooks: In the Iranian government?

Secretary Kerry: I don’t think it’s possible for Iran to do that, and I think Israel has enormous capacity obviously…

But… Flip Flop Kerry, it is highly "possible for Iran to do that" because you warned Israel it would be blamed and isolated if they used its "enormous capacity obviously" so Iran would “do that” as promised.  Can or cannot?  Should or should not? 

In further questioning from presumably friendly Democrat Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) then asked:

“Will implementation of the agreement increase Iran’s support for terrorism?”

John F. Kerry: “We have no way to know. I presume, in some places, possibly, only in the sense that they are committed to certain things that we interpret as terrorism, they don’t, and we’re going to continue to conflict on those issues.”

But... flip flopper, sir.  Wasn't a main purpose of the deal eliminating terror? Also, I thought strict guidelines were in place to guarantee no terror from Iran. And now you're telling the world "we have no know way to know" while admitting oh yes, "they are committed to certain things that we interpret as terrorism, they don't." Whose definition of terrorism prevailed in this agreement? Both? Just how are you "going to continue to conflict on those issues" if the conflict gets heated, really heated, you know heated as in the use of nuclear weapons which you won't be able to inspect?                         

"Secret side deals." Iranian denial of Kerry's statements. Iranian mockery of Kerry's reassurances.  Iranian contradictions of Kerry's promises.  Saudi Arabia's and others' -- who are too afraid to publicly agree with Israel -- grave doubts. The entire free world -- and large parts that aren't--fearful of Iran as a nuclear power, silently supporting Israel but too frightened to admit it.

Who to believe?  Who to trust?  Well, while I certainly don't trust and/or believe Saudi Arabia or Iran it is a sad commentary that I believe and trust their statements about the Iran deal more than the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's.  And for that I blame John Kerry.  Let's isolate him.  And not vote for this dangerous deal.