The Mainstream Media is forging ahead with reports about Biden’s foreign policy prior to the legal declaration of a presidential winner.
One of Biden’s foreign policy priorities is to re-engage in the Iran Nuclear Deal, formally known as The Joint Committee Plan Of Action or JCPOA.
The AFP News Agency tweeted: “Contrary to Donald Trump’s impulsive policies in the Middle East, Joe Biden is expected to shift back to a more conventional US stance and re-engage with Iran, redrawing regional geopolitics.”
Biden Plans to Undo Trump Middle East Policy
After the MSM’s announcement of a Biden win, Israel and other Middle East nations are preparing to return to the status quo ante of decades of failed US peace brokering, even after having celebrated Trump’s successful negotiation of separate peace deals between Israel and the UAE, Israel and Bahrain, and Israel and Sudan. The deals have been nothing short of miraculous considering that no other president has accomplished such a deal since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter brokered the Egypt Israel Peace Treaty between President Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin. President Trump has recently told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base, “We have five, but really have probably nine or ten that are right in the mix, we’re going to have a lot, I think we’ll have all of them eventually.” Trump touted the deals saying, ““The beauty is there’s peace in the Middle East with no money and no blood,” he explained. “There’s no blood all over the sand. We have five definites and I think we’ll have another five pretty much definites. And all of them, the big ones, the smaller ones.” Trump stated that he expected the other peace deals to happen shortly after his new term would begin. The net effect of the normalization of Israeli relations in the Middle East is more pressure on Iran as Iran becomes more isolated in the region. Iran is considered a threat to world peace because of its support of terrorist organizations worldwide.
Biden’s foreign policy page indicates that he would require Iran to comply with the deal in order for the US to consider negotiations. “If Tehran returns to compliance with the deal, President Biden would re-enter the agreement.” It is unlikely that Iran will comply. It has already began to push back and instead has made demands from the US prior to negotiation. Meanwhile, Israel, having considered the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal to be a bad deal, is strategizing what a better Iran Nuclear Deal would look like.
Israel Readies Itself to Negotiate – Again
In an interview Monday on i24 News, Dr. Michael Oren, Israel Ambassador to the United States during the Obama administration, explained that some members of Biden’s foreign policy team have indicated that not only does Biden want to renew the Iran nuclear deal, but he wants to “sweeten that deal to perhaps extend the sunset clauses which are due to expire in a few years after which Iran can really enrich uranium without limitations.”
The Biden administration would then negotiate relieving or lifting sanctions in a more metered way. Oren acknowledged that there will be pressure in this regard from the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Pressure would also come from the former Obama administration which views the Iran deal as the “signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama years and they want to see it renewed.” In addition, “The Iran nuclear deal was a strategic threat to The State of Israel. It enriched Iran. It gave Iran legitimacy to go out and conquer large swaths of land in the Middle East all the while surrounding us with tens of thousands of nuclear missiles surrounding us. The Iran Nuclear Deal did not dismantle the Iran nuclear program – the infrastructure and it enabled Iran maybe not in 5 years, but in 10 years to not produce one (nuclear) bomb, but 100 bombs should it decide to do so.”
He concluded, “So a very, very, bad deal from our perspective and we would, of course, not welcome an American return to that deal as it was negotiated and signed in 2015…I think we should publish for the first time what we believe a good nuclear deal would look like.”
Iran Makes Demands
Iran is is already playing hardball with respect to Biden’s telegraphed intentions of re-entering the Iran Nuclear Deal because Iran had very few concessions on its part for the 2015 Obama-Biden brokered Iran Nuclear Deal. On Monday, Iranian officials released a series of statements indicating Iran will not re-enter the deal unless the US follows a number of bold demands. Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, tweeted that negotiations are, “An opportunity for the next US government to make up for past mistakes and return to the path of adhering to international commitments with respect to global rules.” The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saeed Khatibzadeh, stated, “We have prepared a list of commitments to Iran for the new president, and Biden must compensate for damages.”
Iran is emboldened by its prior easy win in the Iran Nuclear Deal and receipt of $1.7 billion in cash, which was slated to remain frozen as partial compensation for American victims of terrorism. Obama had secretly arranged to send Iran a plane with pallets of over $400 million in unmarked bills upon release of American hostages in January 2016 as a first installment of a settlement for payment for Iran for claims made at the International Peace Court at the Hague. The money came from a general fund for settling litigation called the Judgement Fund, which allows a sitting president to bypass congressional approval. In early January, 2016 Obama paid Iran $1.3 billion, which Iran claims the US owed for interest on previously frozen money from the 1970’s.
Based on the failed Iran Nuclear Deal when he was VP, and Iran’s flexing before it agrees to enter future negotiation, it’s doubtful that Biden, if elected legally as president, could negotiate a good deal with Iran. Robert Gates, defense secretary under Barack Obama, said Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” His projected thinking on issues surrounding the Iran Deal is destined to fall into that same pattern.
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Carrie Wise is a writer for NRN. She is a mother,conservative, and patriot who holds strongly to the tenets of family, faith, and freedom.