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The Big Gorilla at the Presidential Conference


Former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi

Former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi
Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

The Big Gorilla that is not hiding in any room here at the Presidential Conference is Iran. Most of the main speakers have come to tell Israel what it should, or should not, do about Iran. Dennis Ross seems to believe that it is acceptable to give Iran nuclear capabilities so long as we can ensure that it will only use the nuclear power for civilian uses. Sure, that’s going to work for how long, I want to ask him?

And when they do convert it to military power…how long will it take the world to do something. No, I don’t mean how long will it take for them to protest it, I mean how long will it take to get the world to do something! Do something.

Dennis Ross says that there is simply no way that a military strike against Iran will be successful…and again, I want to ask him how he knows…and even if he does know…do we have another option?

It is, quite simply, ridiculous. The Jordanian and Egyptian journalists offer suggestions – Israel should do the right thing, though how they define the right thing would certainly not be as we would. The Turkish diplomat (yes, I’ll go at some point and post their names) wants Israel to know that it isn’t too late and we certainly can repair the relationship with Turkey. All we have to do is apologize.

After all, he says, Turkish civilians were hurt and killed. Civilians? Hardly…Apologize? Um….no.

The most realistic and helpful comments on Iran came today from Gabi Ashkenazi. He says that the military option is and should be the last option and yet it must remain on the table because if other options are to succeed, the only way it can succeed is if the threat of military action remains.

In fact, Ashkenazi explains, the more the threat of military intervention is on the table, is considered real, the more likely all non-military responses can work. It’s such a logical and simple reality – one that so many of those who have come here for a few days to preach to us want to ignore.

The big gorilla at this conference is Iran – I doubt that those who came here to give advice are managing to notice that we here in Israel do actually understand what is happening with Iran, understand very well, as Dennis Ross felt he had to tell us, that we have to be concerned not only with the strike itself, but the day after the strike.

My advice to the many guests here at the conference – trust us. Really, trust us. We are very aware. We live here, here in the reality that is the Middle East.

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One Response to “The Big Gorilla at the Presidential Conference”

  1. Adam Neira says:

    The circuit breaker is for a 4 day reconvened NPT Conference to be held in Jerusalem on Jan. 28th 2013.

    There are many calenders in the world…Jewish 5772; Christian/Gregorian 2012; Muslim 1432; Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Red Line? The divine timetable will trump them all. G-d does not want a war to break out in the Middle East. The good people of Persia and the Holy Land should be able to live in peace in the coming years. I can imagine driving on a road from Jerusalem to Tehran by 2019. Israeli and Iranian tourist could visit each other's land in friendship by 2013. It would be wonderful if Iran; Saudi Arabia; Israel and the USA all played off in Group D of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The real potential of the region must be allowed to bear fruit.

    May the spirit of wisdom rest on the shoulders of various leaders in the coming days.

    Prayers for the Middle East.

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