“Israel and Iran are pulling the United States toward conflict”. This is the title of the latest “intellectual” rendition by Daniel Kurtzer, Aaron Miller and Steven Simon published this week in the respected magazine Foreign Affairs.
Immediately after stating this thesis, they write: “An April 11 explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility – presumed to be the work of Israel — was a dramatic salvo in the shadow war over Iran’s nuclear program. In response to the attack, Iran ramped up its enrichment capacity. “Just that. In a magical leapfrog, Iran’s scientists, engineers and technicians — working a 24-hour shift for a few days after the attack — designed, built and managed to successfully run the complex equipment and infrastructure needed to jump from 5% (needed for civilian use) to 60% enriched Uranium (needed for what …?)
Israel and Iran are separated by more than a thousand miles. There are no territorial disputes between these two countries. They had thousands of years of warm relations since the Persian king Cyrus ended the Jews’ Babylonian captivity and helped them return and rebuilt their Temple in Jerusalem. This long tradition continued till the days of the last Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi: From 1948 to 1979, Israel had an embassy in Teheran and Iran had an embassy in Tel-Aviv.
All this ended with the revolution in 1979 that brought the fanatic religious Ayatollahs to power. A central tenet of their expansionist ideology is the demonization of Israel, as was the demonization of the Jews by Nazi Germany.
As Nazi Germany methodically carried out its plans, from initially barring Jews from the Universities, then boycotting their shops, which was followed by burning their synagogues and finally leading Jews to extermination camps, the Western media systematically ignored and buried these facts. The intellectual circles – from Right and Left (the latter especially after the Ribbentrop-Stalin non-aggression pact of 1939) promoted instead the motto, seen many times in the printed press, that the Jews were war-mongers. The “fair and balanced” press advanced then the idea of “Jews and Germany pushing World to war”.
“Israel and Iran are pulling the United States toward conflict”. If Daniel Kurtzer, Aaron Miller and Steven Simon had still a bit of honesty left in their conscience they could have come instead with the right facts and questions: why does Lebanon’s Hezbollah need tens of thousands of missiles pointed towards Israel? Where do these missiles come from? Why is Lebanon still in a state of war with Israel? Israel is willing to sign a peace treaty with Lebanon, why Lebanon isn’t? Israel dismantled in 2005 all the Jewish settlements in Gaza and left the strip. Why is Hamas periodically launching hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel’s civilian population? Where do these rockets and their technology come from? Which country provided for their initial acquisition and later local development and fabrication of these missiles? If these authors are so interested in avoiding war, why don’t they suggest and energetically push Lebanon and Iran to sign a peace treaty with Israel? Israel is willing to do so. Anytime.