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The Method to Iran’s Madness

Israeli postal workers distributed gas masks to residents of Jerusalem on August 7 ,2012, due to recent warnings from Iran and Syria. Iran's president and other leaders have repeatedly threatened the State of Israel with violence and destruction.

An Israeli official says that the US will give the country only "hours" advanced notice of an attack on Syria. In picture: a woman tried on a gas mask.
Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

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Why does Iran issue ugly threats against Israel on an almost daily basis, saying that Israel will be annihilated, that it is a cancerous tumor that must be cut out, and so forth? After all, if they want to avoid an Israeli attack, shouldn’t they be a little less open about their intentions?

Maybe this news item will help us understand:

[Der Spiegel's] investigative report said that a few months after the Munich Massacre, then Foreign Minister Walter Scheel held a secret meeting with representatives of the terrorist organization in order to create what was termed a “new basis of trust.”

The German government, according to classified documents obtained by Der Spiegel, did not demand that the terrorists completely stop terrorist activities, but only asked that they avoid attacking in Germany. In return, said the report, the terrorists sought to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) political status.

German authorities also avoided prosecuting those involved in the terror attack on the Israeli athletes, the report said. Three of the terrorists who were captured alive were released after two months, after terrorists from “Black September” hijacked a Lufthansa plane.

It is typical for terrorists to try to split the nations opposed to them by promising immunity against further atrocities to one or another country. The Iranian regime employs terrorism as a major part of its foreign policy, so why shouldn’t it take the same approach to diplomacy as Black September?

By effectively making their nuclear program appear to be primarily a threat against Israel, Iran sends a message to the Europeans and the US that they are safe. We are just going to kill some Jews, they suggest, and you don’t want to go to war over Jews, do you?

I’m sure the message is being transmitted explicitly in private as well, along with threats that if the US and Europe do not go along, then bad things could happen to them as well. And there are a lot of bad things that Iran can do cheaply.

The Iranians know that they can’t persuade Israel that a nuclear weapon in their hands is not an existential threat. But they may be able to persuade the US and Europe that the real problem is not an Iranian bomb, but the Israeli reaction to it. And that is what they are trying to do.

Their objectives are (a) to prevent a US attack and (b) to get the US to prevent a Israeli one, until their program is complete.

This is exactly why the Israeli doctrine that its defense must not be placed in the hands of any other nation or organization is so important, and must not be abandoned under any circumstances.

Originally published at FresnoZionism.org.

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About the Author: Vic Rosenthal created FresnoZionism.org to provide a forum for publishing and discussing issues about Israel and the Mideast conflict, especially where there is a local connection. Rosenthal believes that America’s interests are best served by supporting the democratic state of Israel, the front line in the struggle between Western civilization and radical Islam. The viewpoint is not intended to be liberal or conservative — just pro-Israel.


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3 Responses to “The Method to Iran’s Madness”

  1. Iranian proliferation is utterly inevitable. Discussing the merits of proliferation must take into account the realistic understanding that Iran’s ambition to acquire nuclear weapons is unparalleled and will invariably come to fruition. Iran borders Pakistan and Afghanistan to the east, two countries that are incredibly unstable and, with Sunni majorities, pose at least a small threat to Iran. To the west, Iran borders Iraq, which engaged in heavy conflict for eight years with Iran during the 1980s. The fact that Saddam Hussein has been replaced by an American-controlled puppet does not do much to encourage optimism. Turkey, a NATO member, has close security ties with the United States, and could serve as a proxy for a pre-emptive strike against Iran. But by far the most imminent threat to Iran’s security is Israel which has the ability to attack with ballistic and submarine-launched cruise missiles, and has also publically announced the willingness to do so. From a realist standpoint, Iran has every justification to acquire nuclear weapons for the sake of its own security. So, all this Israeli propaganda about Iran being a martyr state, Mitt Romney in tow is non-sense. iran is doing the same 'last wire' means of production as Israel, 1968.Count on Iran being as covert about nuclear possession as israel. Its all monkey-see monkey-do 40 years later.

  2. David Dahl says:

    Why is the Isreali Rabbi telling his subjects to "pray for Iran's destruction"? If you sit in a glass house…..

  3. He is signaling that it is not anymore a time for peace but a time for war as the Good Book says.

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