Former Israeli Ambassador To The U.S. Michael Oren: Obama Rejected Iran Green Revolution For Nuclear Deal

Crackdown:  A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that 450 people have been arrested over three days in Tehran. APNews

With limited information coming out of Iran it is difficult to know what is happening and what will happen next.  Iranian state TV reported that 10 people were killed amid nationwide protests.

U.S. State Departement:

“We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.

The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.”

Oren listed a number of Iranian provocations ignored by the Obama administration.

US President Barack Obama chose not to support the 2009 Iranian Green Protest Movement, because he hoped to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear weapons that he signed six years later, then-ambassador to the US and current Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) said Monday.

Obama’s failure to help Iranian protesters has been criticized since then by Israeli officials, led by Jewish Agency chairman and former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who has called it the biggest failure to help human rights in modern history.

Oren said Obama initially claimed he would not support the protesters because the CIA helped overthrow nationalist Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, and that he wanted to show the Iranian people that he respected their sovereignty.

The Obama administration, Oren said, had told Israel behind the scenes that the protesters themselves did not want an American endorsement, because it could discredit them in the eyes of the Iranian people.

“In retrospect, those explanations are less credible,” Oren told The Jerusalem Post. “The Obama administration’s lack of support for the Green Revolution was part of a pattern in which it did not hold Iran accountable for any provocation. It would seem it was part of a general approach that began in Obama’s first week in office in 2009 of wanting to reach a deal with Iran at pretty much any cost.”

Among the Iranian provocations ignored by the Obama administration, Oren listed the crackdown on the protesters, the kidnapping of Americans, having their missile boats provocatively approach American destroyers, trying to assassinate him and his Saudi counterpart in downtown Washington, the failure to follow through on a red line Obama imposed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s smuggling massive amounts of cocaine into the US.

Oren contrasted Obama seeing Iran as the solution to problems in the Middle East with his successor, Donald Trump, whom Oren said sees Iran as the problem. Asked if Israel deserved credit for Trump’s view, Oren said that Israel did not need to push him, because he knew the Iran deal was bad.

“If the Iranian regime brutally cracks down on its own people peacefully demonstrating, imagine what that regime would do to nations it vows to obliterate,” Oren tweeted. “Under the nuclear deal, the regime could someday produce nuclear weapons. Nix or fix it now.”  JPost

Video:  Netanyahu wishes the  Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom

This week, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to register their anger, not at Donald Trump or the House of Saud, but at the mullahs and their security apparatus. It was economic grievances that initially ignited the protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad. But soon the uprising grew and spread to at least 18 cities nationwide. And the slogans shifted from joblessness and corruption to opposition to the Islamic Republic in toto. These included:

The outcome of the protests is hard to predict. So far, the movement is leaderless and appears to lack serious organization. The protesters face a regime that spends much of its energy and resources on ensuring its own survival and won’t hesitate to crack down viciously, as it did in 1999 and 2009. But whatever comes next, Iranians have already shattered one liberal myth: namely, that Donald Trump has revived the regime’s popularity at home.  CommentaryMag

 

Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren On Obama’s Outreach To Muslim World

Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren published a new op-ed on Friday on the  Foreign Policy website.  He looks at President Obama’s Middle East policies and speculates that Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world may stem from the fact that he was abandoned by two Muslim father-figures, because of that he seeks acceptance by Muslims.

Understanding Obama’s worldview was crucial to my job as Israel’s ambassador to the United States. Right after entering office in June 2009, I devoted months to studying the new president, poring over his speeches, interviews, press releases, and memoirs, and meeting with many of his friends and supporters. The purpose of this self-taught course — Obama 101, I called it — was to get to the point where the president could no longer surprise me. And over the next four years I rarely was, especially on Muslim and Middle Eastern issues…

In addition to its academic and international affairs origins, Obama’s attitudes toward Islam clearly stem from his personal interactions with Muslims. These were described in depth in his candid memoir, Dreams from My Father, published 13 years before his election as president. Obama wrote passionately of the Kenyan villages where, after many years of dislocation, he felt most at home and of his childhood experiences in Indonesia. I could imagine how a child raised by a Christian mother might see himself as a natural bridge between her two Muslim husbands. I could also speculate how that child’s abandonment by those men could lead him, many years later, to seek acceptance by their co-religionists. Read more at FP

CAIR has placed Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren on an Islamophobia watch.

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Recommended Resource:

Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide by Michael Oren available at Amazon.

Michael Oren’s New Book “Ally” Lifts The Veil On US-Israel Reltionship


Michael Oren is an American-born historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States from 2009-2013, and Knesset member.  Oren’s new book “Ally” gets to the heart of the problem of the Obama administration and Israel.  He acknowledges that Netanyahu made mistakes, the Obama administrations blunders were deliberate with the aim to damage U.S.-Israel relations and damaging to Israel’s security and U.S. influence and interests in the region.

I wrote the book, and put rather immense pressure on Random House to bring it out not in September, October, the book selling period, but put it out in June now. Now, because Israel is at a crucial, I refer to it as fateful juncture, as an agreement, a nuclear deal with Iran, approaches literally in the coming days. And then after that perhaps a major French initiative in the Security Council that will have very profound implications for Israeli security. mondoweiss

Michael Oren offers an eyewitness account of how the U.S. President and his foreign policy team deliberately set out to undercut and has undercut Israel’ position.  The actions by the Obama administration has strengthened the conviction of the Palestinians that the do not need to compromise or even recognize the legitimacy of Israel.  It has also strengthened the anti-Israel movement in the EU. Continue reading “Michael Oren’s New Book “Ally” Lifts The Veil On US-Israel Reltionship”