Maurice R. Greenberg, financier and World War II veteran, tells Jacob Heilbrunn that Israel has to do what it has to do on Iran. Note that Greenberg is chairman of the Center for the National Interest, which purports to be America’s “realist voice,” and this piece appears in the National Interest. Ironic. Also notice that Holocaust fears suffuse this piece, down to the “stabbing in the back” meme, and the fact Heilbrunn supplies, that Greenberg helped liberate Dachau.
JH: Has Obama backstabbed Israel?
MG: He has made it difficult for the U.S. to take a position. Who’s going to believe him? I wouldn’t rely on his word. He’s negotiating clandestinely with the Iranians, knowing what they said as a policy matter. They have no penalties, get some of their pent-up assets from overseas. As I understand the terms, they can reduce and build it back in a week. How do you know what they have going on in any part of the country that we haven’t identified yet? How do you trust them? How can we rely on their word?
JH: Should the administration have refused to sign?
MG: I wouldn’t have signed the deal.
JH: The precondition for a final deal is recognizing the Holocaust?
JH: Should Israel be ready to attack? Is the likelihood higher?
MG: If Israeli intelligence turns up evidence that there are things going on that can affect their survival, do what you have to do.