Consider for a moment, the judgement of Republican politicians and how they consistently turn reality on its head. Clearly, we are in a long extended season is which reason will be considered extreme and extremes will be considered reasonable. Underneath the outage and stupidity of Mike Huckabee’s comment (“I have seen the door”), his inartful comparison of the Iran Non-Nuclear Agreement to the holocaust in his criticism is shock with an utter lack of substance or accuracy. Even high Israeli officials, past and present, found his remarks revolting.
For one, Huckabee’s comparison belittles the Jews and distorts both their history and character. Israel’s Transporation Monister lsrael Katz (Likud) on Tuesday rejected Huckabee’s comment, that with the Iran deal, Obama would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Katz said of Huckabee’s horrific, insulting misrepresentation, “nobody marches the Jews to ovens anymore. We will know how to defend ourselves, by ourselves.” Katz said the comments by Huckabee were “wrong and unnecessary.”
Several former Israeli security officials see the value in the agreement and support it.
“No agreement is ironclad, but the inspections provisions provide a high degree of confidence that Iran will not be able to renew the nuclear program without its being detected,” Chuck Freilich, a former deputy National Security Adviser in Israel, wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “A regime that has staked so much on this agreement will be reluctant to incur the costs.”
Major-General Israel Ziv is the former head of the Israeli Army’s Operations Directorate branch. He wrote in an opinion piece, “Because this agreement is the best among all other alternatives, and any military strike – as successful as it may be – would not have delayed even 20% of what the agreement will delay. The agreement is an established fact, and it’s not particularly bad as far as Israel is concerned.”
Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel’s internal security outfit, Shin Bet, and former chief of the Israeli Navy, told The Daily Beast:“when it comes to Iran’s nuclear capability, this deal is the best option.” He named a number of other former ministers, security officers in Shin Bet, and Mossad (Israel’s equivalent to the CIA) who agreed with this view.
Is the Arkansas dough boy more attuned to international Mideast security than Israel’s experts? No. His comments had nothing to do with “seeing the door” of the ovens, or “standing there.” His hurtful remarks were intended to demean an American President; so much so, he also dragged Israel down with his propaganda. He was so blind and bullheaded he did not see the incredible insult and stereotype he cast onto the Israelis he claims he was defending as their true friend.