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23 May 2009

Solving the Iran Problem Could Help Solve the Palestinian Problem, but not Vice Versa

from Intellectual Conservative by Rabbi Daniel M. Zucker, Professor

U.S. President Barack H. Obama (and his National Security Advisor, General James Jones, as well as his White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel), the Quartet’s Middle-East Emissary and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have it backwards: attempting to solve the Palestinian statehood question will not solve the Iranian problem; in fact, it will exacerbate it, as it permits the Tehran regime to continue to play the role of spoiler by its supplying of weaponry, training and funding to its rejectionist Arab proxies: Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza. In assuming that these jihadist terrorist groups can be converted to a position that accepts the sovereign Jewish State of Israel (in whatever configuration of borders) they are as likely to achieve success as they would be in a project seeking to raise Satan back into Heaven and the good graces of God. As the popular saying goes, “Hell will freeze over five times” before the jihadists change their ways.

On the other hand, if the Iranian problem is solved—whether through application of the military option (a difficult and costly operation) or through the application of very stringent sanctions and embargoes—particularly of all refined petroleum products, causing the shaky Iranian economy to implode, and thereby forcing the regime to change its ways (highly unlikely) or else face the wrath of the Iranian people which has supported over 5000 anti-regime demonstrations and acts of protest annually for the past three years, and risk a popular revolution—whatever causes the Iranian government to change its tune (reform being unlikely and revolution possible if concessions to the mullah regime are ended), the results will mean that the support for the Arab rejection front—especially the jihadists—will disappear. Without Iranian funds and weaponry, Hamas and Hizballah cannot survive as spoilers. And once these jihadist rejectionists are removed from the picture, Palestinian moderates could be capable of finding their voices once again.

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