Thursday Iran Talking Points

from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for November 4th, 2010:

National Review Online: Foundation for Defense of Democracies president Clifford May suggests that should Palestinian Authority president Abbas declare Palestine a state and request UN recognition, Obama might not oppose this declaration of statehood because he “believes in a ‘two-state solution.’” May notes such a move would be met with opposition from Arab countries, because many of them “define victory as Israel’s destruction.” Besides, writes May, establishment of Palestinian state would escalate the conflict between Hamas and Fatah. The international community will be uncomfortable backing Hamas, “a terrorist organization openly and unequivocally committed to Israel’s extermination, and guided by the jihadi rules of Iran.” If Hamas gains control of the West bank, it will be obligated to “’resist’ Israel’s existence” and, when Israel responds militarily, “Will Syria and Iran come to Hamas’s aid?.” This dire scenario, concludes May, is reason for Obama to make absolutely clear “that he does not want Abbas to bypass negotiations and head down a road leading to a minefield.”

Newsweek: Dan Ephron writes that while “the composition of Congress does not necessarily determine Washington’s approach to the Middle East,” Israeli leadership may believe that the Republican-led House may be “more amenable to the idea of considering military options in case sanctions don’t work.” Ephron predicts that the White House will set foreign policy on Iran but Ahmadinejad will offer more resistance to Washington’s efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program, perceiving that Obama is now a weaker president.

Author: Eli Clifton

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Iran Talking Points”

  1. the one thing dear to all the hearts of the surrounding nations in the M.E. is precise;y Israel's destruction . regardless of what Obama or Ahmadinejab want , say or do , Israel's absolute and immutable prerequisite for any two state solution is acceptance of Israel's right to exist.
    A notion unacceptable to Israel's present enemies , one of which is Iran .Anything less is simply spitting into the wind .

  2. Ergo any relationship between the US and those nations is inevtitably tied to US support for Israel . The US will never sell out Israel , Americans favor Israel to the degree of about 78%, because if for no other reason , than it is the right thing to do . Iran especiaaly has taken a public and obvious position against Israel's very existence , and thus bases any relationship with the US , on that support .
    Most Americans know Israel is not perfect , but it is right .Therefor US support will continue , and subsequently Iran will continue to be a dangerous antagonist . Like it or not , that's the way it is , and the way it will be .

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