Stop whining about Iran!

I can’t handle this incessant nuclear whining!

The most powerful countries in the world have signed an agreement with Iran. Deal with it!

Whatever your issues with this agreement (and I doubt many people bothered to learn much about it before attacking it) the agreement didn’t involve Israel and the people who signed it don’t owe us anything.

From the Prime Minister through to the rest of the Knesset and on to the rest of Israel and the Jewish world, people seem to have made the mistake of thinking that complaining about this nuclear deal is some kind of constructive move towards changing the fact that the deal has been signed.

In truth, Israel abandoned genuine diplomatic efforts some time ago in favour of hyperbolic statements from the Prime Minister on CNN. Unsurprisingly, attacking the most powerful men and women in the world failed to make them act in Israel’s best interests.

It’s about time we remembered the truth: no one cares about Israel except Israel. The expectation that the powers of the world would serve as Israel’s proxies to negotiate according to the needs of Israel were bizarre at best. Perhaps now we can stop deluding ourselves that the negotiations with Iran had something to do with securing Israel’s well being.

There have been plenty of previous operations directed against the Iranian nuclear program, from the assassination of nuclear scientists to the Stuxnet virus and mysterious explosions that have been reported as occurring in suspected nuclear sites across Iran.

Israel isn’t powerless. In fact, now that we are cornered, we are at our most dangerous.

If there’s been one lesson Israelis have been forced to learn over and over again throughout the short life of our state, it’s that we’re on our own. Look to the left and look to the right, your fellow Israelis are all the help you’re going to get.

If there’s been a second lesson we have been forced to learn it’s that the person on your right and on your left is more than enough to handle any problem Israel has faced in the past.

It’ll be more than enough to handle a resurgent Iran too.

About the Author
Marc Goldberg is the author of Beyond the Green Line, a story his service in the IDF fighting through the al Aqsa Intifada
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