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  Sharansky Blasts Iraq Study Group Report
by Joel Rosenberg
[novelist] 12/14/06

Former Israeli deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky -- who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday -- today blasted The Iraq Study Group Report as an act of "appeasement."

“I am extremely concerned by the Baker-Hamilton report," Sharansky told a conference call of political bloggers sponsored by his organization, OneJerusalem.org, a call in which I participated. "It’s very difficult to understand how these outstanding politicians could write a report that is so out of touch with the rest of the world….This report perhaps could have been written on the 10th of September, 2001, but after?” [Note: to listen to audio of the OneJerusalem.org conference call with Sharansky, please click here.]

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Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), and THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), with more than one million copies in print. He previously served as a senior advisor to several U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has been interviewed on more than 300 radio and TV shows, including ABC's "Nightline," CBN's 700 Club, CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, the Michael Reagan Show, the Rush Limbaugh Show and the Sean Hannity Show.. Website - [go to Rosenberg Index]

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The report, he said, is guilty of "appeasing Iran and Syria" and proved that its authors "don't share President Bush's vision of democracy in the Middle East." Sharansky wondered aloud how anyone at this point in history could believe in appeasing Middle Eastern dictators, or how anyone could honestly believe that Iran and Syria would see it in their interests to help the U.S. create freedom and stability in Iraq.

"Appeasement comes from fear," Sharansky noted. Those who pursue it "don’t have the strength to defend [their] own ideas." The message of the Baker-Hamilton report, he said, was a message of encouraging Iran and Syria to continue supporting terrorist organizations because no one is going to stop them.

I asked Sharansky how much time the West has to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Sharansky noted that in 1997 he was the first Israeli Cabinet minister to travel to Russia and warn the Kremlin about leakage of nuclear technology to Iran. At the time he made the case that "ten years from now Iran will have both nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them if leakage from Russia and others doesn’t stop." Sharansky said it took 4 or 5 years for the CIA to agree. But by 2007, Sharansky said, Iran will reach the point of no return, where they will have all the technology, scientists, bomb-making plans, and highly enriched uranium that they need, and where it will almost impossible to stop them from getting nuclear weapons. The time we have is “very limited,” Sharansky noted.

On Friday, Sharansky will become only the fourth foreign-born individual ever to receive both the Congressional and Presidential Medals of Freedom. Sharansky recently retired from the Knesset to invest more time working with OneJerusalem.org and The Shalem Center. His book, The Case For Democracy, became an international best-seller and was strongly praised by President Bush as a guide to his own thinking on the future of the Middle East.

* Steve Forbes' column on the Iranian threat (must read)



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