The Agreement: Strong Words from a Wise Leader

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Well known US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has slammed the P1-5 nuclear agreement with Iran saying, “The agreement would take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” meaning that it prepares the way for another holocaust. The name P1-5 refers to the one nation Iran negotiating with representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China.

Many of you have probably read the arguments for and against this deal. The main argument for it is that Iran would have to downsize its nuclear program to the extent that it could not produce a nuclear bomb for at least 10 to 15 years, after which time the world community, supposedly, can revisit the issue. If Iran were to do this, the deal is not totally bad.

The arguments against the deal are well known, and some of the points are astonishing.

1. Iran is not required to give up its support for terrorism. These five world powers have negotiated with a terrorist state that will now have 100 to 150 billion dollars in frozen assets released, enabling a great increase in support for terrorism around the world, including Hamas and Hezbollah who are Israel focused, and other terror groups who further Shi’ite dominance or rebellion in other Muslim countries.

2. Iran is not required to curtail or improve its barbaric human rights violations.

3. Iran is not required to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure, but only not to use it for the duration of the agreement. It will be ready for nuclear production at any point in the future.

4. Iran will not be required to halt its ballistic missile program, and the selling of parts and technology to Iran is only precluded for 7 years. The only purpose for such missiles is to deliver nuclear warheads. Weapons sales to Iran can begin in five years.

4. Iran will not be required to halt its ballistic missile program, and the selling of parts and technology to Iran is only precluded for 7 years. The only purpose for such missiles is to deliver nuclear warheads. Weapons sales to Iran can begin in five years.

6. We can be very sure that Iran will not abide by the agreement.

7. The reinstatement of sanctions if Iran breaks the rules is very unrealistic.

8. Iran is not required to end its belligerent behavior toward Israel, the United States and the West.

There Was a Better Option

So why would the United States advocate this agreement? It is not the best one possible, but it may be the best one available if there is not to be a tightening of sanctions and if the military option is off the table. Unfortunately, the Obama administration “let the cat out of the bag” with the revelation that there is no realistic prospect of a military option. That information greatly emboldened Iran.

In Israel, both the opposition parties and the government, are in remarkable unity against this agreement. The opposition leader Isaac Herzog is supporting Prime Minister Netanyahu and is helping in the fight against its acceptance.

Worldview

All things considered, why is the United States still in favor? I believe that the worldview of the President of the United States is the underlying cause. He, and others around him, see the primary problem in the modern world as being Western colonialism, including its ostensible expressions in global business and military force. This worldview strengthens thetendency for appeasement. People in general lean toward appeasement, preferring to avoid conflict at all costs. Thus Neville Chamberlain negotiated the disastrous agreement with Hitler at Munich that destroyed Czechoslovakia and led to World War II. Some leaders are appeasers and some are not. President George W. Bush did not have this orientation, but he unwisely thought he could build a democratic state in Iraq. In hindsight, it would have been better to remove Saddam and left the Baathist Sunnis in power with the demand that they cooperate with the world. They were an important buffer against Iran, which is now sadly gone.

The Solution

So what should have been the solution? A demand to give up the nuclear program or be bombed. It would not require an invasion but enough bombing to obliterate the nuclear sites. Could they be rebuilt? Yes, but they could have been bombed again and again until the Iranians stopped trying to rebuild them. With that as a policy direction, Iran might have come to see it as being in their best interest to give up the nuclear program. How sad to see such weakness and how painful for Israel to face this situation. Now Russia will sell sophisticated defensive weapons (missiles) to Iran to make air strikes more difficult.

The Biblical View

There is no nuclear destruction of Israel forecast in the Bible. Thank God for that. Israel is to be reconstituted in this land before the very difficult times of the last days. We know that Israel must survive to fulfill God’s stated plan. This plan includes making it through the final wars and being brought to faith in Yeshua. So let us have confidence in God’s sovereignty and overall plan despite this very foolish human agreement.

This article was originally published in Israel’s Restoration October 2015 Newsletter.

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Dr. Daniel Juster, founder and director of Tikkun International, has been involved in the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972 and currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel, from where he serves and supports the Messianic movement worldwide. Dan was the founding president and general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations for 9 years, the senior pastor of Beth Messiah congregation for 22 years, and a co-founder of the Messiah Bible Institute in several nations. Dr. Juster serves on the board of Towards Jerusalem Council II, provides oversight to 15 congregations in the USA as well as overseeing emissaries in Israel and the Former Soviet Union. Daniel has authored about 20 books on topics ranging from theology, Israel and the Jewish people, eschatology, discipleship, and leadership.