A number of political leaders have condemned the apparent decision by the United States to enter into bilateral talks with Iran.
U.S. officials will neither confirm nor deny whether such talks are ongoing.
“If the reports of US-Iranian negotiations are true, this is a sad day
for all of America’s allies. Not only has this administration refused
to support our ally Israel, the only democratic country in the entire
Middle East, it is now negotiating away Israel’s very safety. The US
has no right to negotiate a peace with Iran, as it is Israel that is
threatened. No ally of the US can look on this as anything but a
betrayal of one bedrock alliance, putting all other alliances on
notice,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, independent of Connecticut.
John Bolton, former Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, agreed:
“This incident has revealed the basic moral failure of Obama’s foreign
policy. Israel is America’s greatest ally, and yet this President
would rather talk to the mullahs in Iran than the democratically
elected leaders in Jerusalem.”
Even one of President Obama’s supporters, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said, “Reports of talks between the White House and Iran are disturbing;
while I have faith that such allegations will turn out to be false, I
am nevertheless concerned about any effort to engage with Iran while
Israel remains in such desperate straits.”
The cruelest cut of all may have come from former rival, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
“My friends, today we are all Israelis. Except, apparently, for the