Monday, April 06, 2015

The Iranian trap

From Israel Hayom, 5 April 2015, by Dr Haim Shine:

...When Obama was elected president, American commentators said that the U.S. had woken up to a new reality. Now we know what this new reality means.

...Israel, even in its most difficult military campaigns, did not ask the U.S. to risk the life of even one American soldier. The Israeli people have paid the full price to ensure their independence and over the years Israel has proven to be America's most stable and trustworthy ally, in a true partnership that has benefited both sides.

Now, at a moment of truth, when an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander says in a public speech that the destruction of Israel is a holy mission to pursue, the U.S. is turning its back on Israel and the rest of its allies in the Middle East. The Iranian nuclear plan is designed to allow Iran realize its dream of destroying Israel and sowing terror throughout the world.

U.S. and European leaders have been fooled by the sweet talk of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his partners. While the EU foreign policy chief explained in English the details of the framework deal, Zarif sent a message to his people in Farsi that the West had once again fallen into the trap.

The Americans and Europeans have never fully internalized the double talk used by individuals such as the late Palestine Liberation Organization head Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Unfortunately, several Israeli leaders have also fallen into this trap.

Passover is also called the holiday of freedom, a memory of an historical event when a nation of slaves was freed from the agonizing burden of the Egyptian empire and adopted into its being a consciousness of freedom. Being free is not just a physical reality, it is a state of mind. There are free people who are slaves, and there are slaves who are free.

Throughout history, the Jewish people never relinquished their inner freedom, even when the physical reality was humiliating and dreadful. Jews in Nazi extermination camps branded with numbers on their arms to erase their identities never lost hope for liberation and freedom.

In the State of Israel, after a long exile, that consciousness of freedom was once again merged with independence. The whole world needs to know that we will never again waive our right to defend ourselves, and the ayatollahs in Iran should realize that their people will pay heavily the day Israel decides the nuclear threat is imminent. We survived Pharaoh; we will survive the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his henchmen, as well.

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