Posts Tagged ‘Israel’
Israel and the United States do not have much cause for concern about reports of two multi billion dollar deals being negotiated between Iran and Russia.
Neither deal is likely to increase Iran’s leverage so it could ignore the nuclear negotiations. Nor is it likely that the deals will boost Iran’s leverage at the talks.
We are witnessing something which has rarely been seen in recent Iran-Israel tensions: a series of goodwill gestures by both sides.
Difficult to believe, but true.
You can find out more from my latest article.
How do Israelis see the latest deal between Iran and the P5+1? Can Iran be trusted? As far as Israel is concerned, what should a final deal with Iran look like?
These are some of the questions which Emily Landau and I discuss in Tel Aviv. Dr Landau is an expert on Iran’s nuclear program at the INSS institute in Tel Aviv.
My two recent articles describe the implications of the latest Iran nuclear deal for:
Iran’s supreme leader
Iran’s president has reportedly decided to take Iran’s Jewish MP with him to the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.
My latest article describes the internal dynamics behind this decision.
Ghanbar Naderi from Tehran and yours truly from Tel Aviv discuss the presidency of Rohani and what it means for Iran.
You can watch the debate here:
Plus my latest article on the latest sanctions being proposed by the House of Representatives and what they mean for Israel and Iran
While we in the West obsess over Israel’s red line vs America’s red line for Iran’s nuclear program, there are two other red lines which are extremely important but are not being discussed.
They are Iran’s red lines.
Obama has proved himself to be the master of manipulating Iran’s red lines to our advantage, which is one reason among others why we in Israel can trust him.
My article explains more:
Its been a busy and exciting day. I had to do quite a few interviews and had the privilege of voting.
I say privilege because while I was voting, my heart was in Israel but my mind and thoughts were with thousands of young Iranians who in 2009 were tortured, maimed or killed for wanting the right to vote freely in their own country. For their vote to be counted and for their voice to be heard in their land or in other words, for their undisputed right which was brutally taken away from them. They were with me with each step that I took from my house to the polling booth. You can leave Iran, but Iran never leaves you, especially during such moments.
Now to why I voted for Meretz.
Because I want a party to represent me that has had a solid record for supporting the peace process. I want a party that wants equal rights for all citizens of Israel, be they Jews, Arabs, or Homosexuals. I was a minority once and now I am the majority. I want the minorities in my country to be treated the same way that I wanted to be treated when I was a minority in other lands. I voted Meretz because I want the religious organizations to have less influence over our lives and the government.
As importantly, I voted left because I refuse to be scared. In fact, I voted left because I have tremendous confidence in the state of Israel, in her people, in her potential, in her young and old. I believe that I live in the strongest country in the Middle East. In fact on a one to one basis, we are militarily stronger than quite a few European countries too.
I voted left because I refuse to live in fear.
I voted left because I refuse to spend each day worrying about annihilation by the Iranian regime, by the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and Syria, by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
I voted left because I believe that Israel has a legitimate right to exist, that we have the right to defend ourselves and can defend ourselves, but that we should do it smarter. And by that I mean fight the militants when they attack you, but don’t punish an entire nation, because that helps the extremists who want to hurt us.
I voted left because I am always willing to fight whoever attacks me, but I am more willing to make friends with the people of the Middle East.