Saturday, July 15, 2006

It's not an Arab Israeli war; it's an Israeli Persian war

As Bill Kristol points out.
WHY IS THIS ARAB-ISRAELI WAR different from all other Arab-Israeli wars? Because it's not an Arab-Israeli war. Most of Israel's traditional Arab enemies have checked out of the current conflict. The governments of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are, to say the least, indifferent to the fate of Hamas and Hezbollah. The Palestine Liberation Organization (Fatah) isn't a player. The prime mover behind the terrorist groups who have started this war is a non-Arab state, Iran, which wasn't involved in any of Israel's previous wars.

What's happening in the Middle East, then, isn't just another chapter in the Arab-Israeli conflict. What's happening is an Islamist-Israeli war. You might even say this is part of the Islamist war on the West--but is India part of the West? Better to say that what's under attack is liberal democratic civilization, whose leading representative right now happens to be the United States.
And it's worth noting animoisty between Israel and Iran something new,
Persian Iran sat out all three Arab-Israeli wars and even during the Arab oil boycott of the 1970s, continued supplying Israel with oil. The 100,000 Jews in Iran helped sustain robust Iranian-Israeli trade.

Even after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution severed these ties and sent most Iranian Jews fleeing, overlapping interests allowed these arch-enemies to do business. Mutual animosity toward Iraq - and Israel's desire to preserve influence with Tehran moderates - led Israel to supply weapons to the Islamic Republic well into the 1980s, including service as middleman in the Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages deal
Also interesting that Israel's President Moshe Katsav, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, and Chief of Staff Dan Halutz are Iranian Jews, Farsi Speakers; with Katsave and Mofaz both born in Teheran.


Winston said...

Good post!

Iranian people are fed up with the crap of arab-Israeli tension. It is not our business and it shouldnt concern Iran at all. But Mullahs whose survival is depended on violence need to disrupt the peaceful co-existence of Israel and her neighbors.

Remember Cyrus the great helped save Jews and Jewish people have always had better time in iran than any other mideast state.

Bill Baar said...

thanks Winston

Proud American said...

Yeah, even nowadays Jews in Iran live peacefully without persecution. To be clear, while there is a large portion of Iran that is anti-Israel as it is currently constituted, virtually no one in Iran, from everyday workers and students to top government leaders is anti-semitic.

I think Israel should just let the entire Gaza, West Bank, and East Jerusalem be an independent Palestinian state and over 90% of the anti-Israeli sentiment will rather quickly dissipate. Of course there will still be extremists, but they will no longer have any public support as most are tired of fighting.

Proud American said...

Well, I should say without any more relative persecution than any other Iranian citizens, who of course are all persecuted and sufer under an undemocratic regime. I should have said the Jews in Iran suffer no more persecution than the rest of the Iranian citizenry.