We know that there are two sides to every conflict. No on is completely to blame for any hostilities, and no one is completely innocent. I do not think that this could be more the case than in the situation between Israel and Iran. These two nations have had a long history of dislike, distrust, and cold-warring. The Israelis claim that Iran is seeking to aid their enemies and facilitate their destruction. Iran says that Israel is oppressive to Muslims and seeking to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. And I will concede that though this is an over-simplification, it is, for the most part, true.
Now it seems that there is a slight change in the dynamics of these two countries’ relationship. As part of the administration’s efforts to be fair and equal to all, they have opened talks with the Iranians. We have had to share the battlefield with them as reluctant allies in the war against ISIS. And we have seen the Iranians give weapons and training to the Iraqis. Now, because of the potential outcome of the Iranian Nuclear talks Israel is threatening military action against Iran.
As the deadline for nuclear talks between the P5+1 powers and Iran looms on Monday, Israel is warning it might use military power if a deal doesn’t meet with its approval, The Jerusalem Post reports.
“Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of a crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provides the only logical exit,” the Post quoted Israeli government sources as saying.
This would seem like a very dramatic response if we were not privy to the Iranian position on Israel. There has been no effort by the Iranians to hide the fact that they wish to see Israel destroyed. Not that they wish them harm or to stop them from reaching certain goals, but that they want them annihilated.
This Iran has not backed away from.
In another article, Newsmax reports
The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in an interview that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” The Times of Israel reported.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers chose to extend nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
This would be like me threatening to burn you and your family up in your home while you slept. Worse, I would go and tell everyone else that my family and I were not going to rest until this was accomplished. Would you set back and wait for the moment I would strike? No, if you loved your family, you are going to be vigilant and might even preempt me. What was that old Greek saying? “Strike first or be the first struck.”
And I would be willing to reason through this issue if this were the first time. But Newsmax goes on to point out.
Naqdi has issued statements against Israel in the past. In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was increasing efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, adding the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars News reported.
“Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Naqdi said.
I have many conservative friends who would say that Netanyahu was an alarmist. That he uses the threat of Iran as a means to gain U.S. military aid and drive a wedge between the West and the Palestinians. That Bibi has continued to threaten that Iran was only a year away from nuclear arms. That it really is none of our business to get involved with what sovereign countries do, and in part I agree. But I have to ask a couple questions.
Would you preach restraint to me if my neighbor was raping my wife? Would you tell me to wait if it were my house they were setting on fire repeatedly? If so, then you do not love your neighbor. You see, we cannot tell one side to do nothing while the other is providing thugs with arms. Read the last quote, it was not Bibi, but an Iranian general who informs us that they were arming Israel’s enemies. What if Canada was providing arms to Cuba or Mexico for the express stated purpose to destroy America? Would you not say it was time to punch the Canadians in the mouth?
How can we negotiate with a supporter of Terror and ask our ally to ignore the threats to their existence?
It should make our allies ask whose side are we on? I know I am beginning to wonder.