Wednesday, August 12, 2015

You can deal with Iranians

A guy from der Froward visited Iran, and filed a long article about it. Here's my Tweet about it:
In that spirit let me co-sign something Thomas Friedman put in today's paper:
To deal with the Iran threat I would not, as Israel’s leader, be pressuring U.S. Jews to go against their own government to try to scuttle the deal — when I have no credible alternative. 
This deal sharply reduces Iran’s bomb-making uranium stockpile for 15 years, and pushes Iran’s ability to break out with a nuclear weapon from three months — where it is now — to a year. I’d be very confident that if I can keep Iran one year away from a bomb for 15 years, during that time Israel’s defense technologists will develop many more ways to detect and eliminate any kind of Iranian breakout. 
So rather than fighting with President Obama, as prime minister I’d be telling him Israel will support this deal but it wants the U.S. to increase what really matters — its deterrence capability — by having Congress authorize this and any future president to use any means necessary to destroy any Iranian attempt to build a bomb. I don’t trust U.N. inspectors; I trust deterrence. And to enhance that I’d ask the U.S. to position in the Middle East the U.S. Air Force’s Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), a precision-guided, 30,000-pound “bunker buster” bomb that could take out any Iranian reactor hidden in any mountain. The Iranians would get the message.
Why would they "get the message?" Because as the Forward article confirms, Iranians are normal people. While they may hate Israel - due to real and perceived grievances against the Jewish state - they also want to live in the world, make money and play with their grandchildren like everyone else. Which is what makes deals possible.

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