7 years ago
Rahm Emanuel’s ego is writing checks that our bank account can’t cash.
Thwarting Iran’s nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Israeli TV reports said Monday that Emanuel made the comments in a closed-door meeting the previous day with 300 major AIPAC donors.
Last month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Israel that it risks losing Arab support for combating threats from Iran if it rejects peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
Clinton said Arab nations had conditioned helping Israel counter Iran on Jerusalem’s commitment to the peace process.
We’ve been through this before. The Palestinians don’t want a state. When they discuss “the occupation,” they mean the very existence of Israel. Progress on “peace negotiations” is an impossible goal with one party seeking the destruction of the other.
So Israel is supposed to show progress, the Arab nations are supposed to pressure Iran, and Iran suddenly decides to relinquish its nuclear program? This is their plan? That’s it? This, after recent news of the continuing obfuscation of issues surrounding the nuclear program? This plan has no chance of succeeding. Amir Taheri has outlined the most recent instances of Iranian hegemony, weaving together a tapestry of an ideology bent on domination.
For all who believe that the existence of Israeli nuclear weapons and the prospect of mutually assured destruction is a deterrent to Iranian nuclear ambitions, Norman Podhoretz slammed the door on that by explaining why, from a geographical standpoint, the situation in Israel has no analogue to any other region of the world.
… even Ahmadinejad’s predecessor as president and the current Speaker of the Assembly of Experts, the Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, known far and wide as a “moderate,” has declared that his country would not be deterred by the fear of retaliation: “If the day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in its possession . . . application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel, but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world.”
Quite literally, a first strike in Israel in or around Tel Aviv and several other major population centers would end Israel as we know it. The Muslim world can withstand a strike from Israel if there is anything left with which to strike, because there are more Muslims and they live in a larger surface area – so we are told by the Iranian authorities.
Rahm Emanuel has no business claiming that he or the Arab states can accomplish anything with Iran, and the Israelis have no business listening to him. There are other options such as pressing for regime change from within, but even the democracy programs within the State Department have fallen victim to disinterest. Most Israelis support direct military action with or without the endorsement of the U.S. This is good, because they are likely to go it alone, sooner or later.