Welcome to my new blog focusing on the current realities in the Middle East. The situation here is complicated but fascinating as it changes from day to day as Israel does what its’ leaders feel it must in order for the State of Israel to survive in what we here have lightly entitled “a dangerous neighborhood.”
Today was a momentous one for me as I heard one of my favorite political analysts: Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold, speak about the negotiations with Iran regarding their nuclear future. Ambassador Gold is currently the head of the highly respected JCPA: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. After hearing his lucid presentation I came to conclusions that I want to share with those who care about the future of Israel and the Middle East in general. Having had a talk/interview show in Israel many years ago, I suspect that my perspective on what is happening in the Middle East vis a vis Israel…may differ slightly from those you have heard before. I hope you will feel it is “worth the read!”
Under discussion by Ambassador Gold was the history of Iranian- US relations. He clearly delineated prior negotiations which ultimately failed and shared with us a fundamental Iranian concept. It is called “TEKIYAH” which in Persian means a kind of “righteous deception.” This is similar to the Arab belief, espoused in the Koran, that it is acceptable to lie and deceive those around you in order to bring the Infidels down. Anything which would bring the reign of Mohammed was deemed acceptable according to text. The Iranian version of this concept was exemplified in negotiations in 2003 when Iran was thought to be prepared to have a “Grand Bargain “ with the USA… saying they were prepared to iron out all the differences between the two in order to live in harmony. Those differences of course required that Iran stop the funding of world-wide terrorism. The talks ended in utter futility.
The election of Presidents in Iran who have the appearance of “moderates” has been a kernel of hope for the West. However this is part of the TEKIYAH… presenting a Western and moderate face on the one hand, while the real decisions and direction are in fact given from “on-high” by the Ayatollah, who remains in ultimate control while deluding the West that moderation had begun to infiltrate the leadership of Iran.
It is said that “politics is the art of the possible….” We all understand why the State Department and Foreign Secretary cling to the hope that they can make their potential enemies change their intentions. In the meantime… Arab nation after Arab nation have been infiltrated by agents of Iran. Terrorists are funded by them, Hamas, Hizbollah , Isis , Syria, Boco Haram and multitudes of others with similar aims are arms of this great octopus. Arab countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emerites , Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and others are as concerned as the State of Israel when they see the encroachment of Iran through its’ proxies in its’ attempt to become the USSR of the Middle East.
Hence, the negotiations which the USA is having with Iran are fraudulent. They presume good will on the part of the Iran government. No such good will exists. According to Ambassador Gold, it is absolutely true that Iran wants an agreement… because an agreement means that the stranglehold of sanctions will be reduced or eliminated. It means that they will have a deal which only pays attention to their nuclear development program, while totally ignoring their military build up. That the two have not been linked, he points out, is inexcusable by all International standards. During whatever length of time a signed agreement might last, the Iranians will move forward with their development of their nuclear program so that on the day of expiration, they will be on the verge of Middle East domination. According to Ambassador Gold… their military development during those years, if allowed to go unchecked… will make them capable of striking not only Europe, but the East Coast of the United States. Take heed…dear friends… this incomplete negotiation is dangerous beyond expectation. The Iranians know it and are licking their chops.
I have some thoughts on what must be done … stay tuned! Thanks for reading!!