No Deal on the Iranian Nuclear Program. Let’s Examine Why. « Pejman Yousefzadeh: My old classmate analyzes why the French decided to torpedo the deal Kerry negotiated with the Iranians on their nuclear weapons program. He says it was all due to the influence of the Israel lobby. He does this without a trace of irony, so much so that I fear some readers won't recognize that he is mocking the point of view that he ostensibly takes.
So many in the public sphere are wedded to the idea that the only thing standing between us and harmonious relations with the Islamic world is the insidious influence of the Jewish/Israeli lobby in the US that it will come as a shock that France--a country that is as pro-Palestinian as any country in Europe and cannot be accused of having an Israeli lobby at all--is the country that put a stop to the deal. It seems there are other reasons besides the secret power of the Jews to not want the largest state sponsor of terrorism (according to the US State Department's assessment) to have a nuclear weapon.
And it is also another instance of a pattern that has become more pronounced in recent years, that of the French taking a harder line and firmer action than the US. From Mali to Libya and more recently in Syria and now Iran, France has been the Western state that has taken the hardest line against Islamist terrorism in all its forms. They deserve our thanks and respect.