Last Sunday, 24th November, the so-called P5+1 group of nations – the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – reached an agreement with Iran over Iran’s long-term plan to acquire a nuclear capability. The deal was naturally hailed as a breakthrough by those involved, but in actual fact will only lead to a more dangerous situation.
The deal provides Iran with a cessation of the punitive sanctions regime, allowing $7 billion of relief, as well as the time needed to continue to develop a nuclear bomb capability.
Although President Obama declared “Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure” and Secretary of State John Kerry claimed it will make the region safer, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet: “What was agreed last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake. Today the world has become a much more dangerous place, because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world.”
There’s no doubt that what has just happened is akin to the “Peace in our Time” declaration by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1983. I believe this deal could well parallel that declaration in 1938. The Iranian leadership (as clearly different to the majority of the Iranian people) has stated many times it is intent on destroying the Jewish nation and is clearly pursuing a nuclear capability.
This is chillingly similar to Hitler and the Nazi’s in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Hitler stated openly in print his plan to destroy the Jewish people. The political classes in the West refused to believe he mean what he had said, and instead, they pursued a policy of appeasement. It took a politician of strength and honesty to stand up and be counted. Winston Churchill spoke clearly against this policy and was berated for it at the time. History ultimately showed how prescient Churchill was. I believe Israel is blessed with a similarly bold and honest leader today, even though he is belittled as a war-monger by many sceptics.
“Khamenei’s regime remains committed to wiping Israel ‘off the page of history’ because of the regime’s deranged, psychopathic hatred of Jews whom it regards as not human at all but, in Khamenei’s recent words, like ‘rabid dogs’. The fact that the US, UK and EU casually dismissed such chilling words suggests that they are similarly indifferent to what history tells us is the terrible fate that follows from such words, unless those who utter them are stopped.”
We should be under no illusion of what is happening. Once again, an enemy of the Jews threatens to destroy them and the major nations refuses to deal strongly with the threat. As Christians and believers in the God of the Bible, we need to recognise this and stand with Israel and the Jews.