Israel to Exploit Arab Iran Animosity
Fully cognizant of animosity between Arabs and Iran, Israel has openly expressed its desire to attack Iran and seeks their support. The convincing argument is that Iran is not only a threat for Israel but for the world in general and Arabs in particular. Israel has expressed its desire repeatedly to unilaterally attack Iranian nuclear installation but was fearful of Iranian retaliation supported by Muslim Ummah. After Arabs turned hostile against Syria, allegedly backed by Iran, Israel has gathered the courage to say that seems most insulting to the Muslims around the world.
Many non-Arab Muslim countries have been expressing serious concerns about the recent animosity of Arabs towards Iran. They say after Islamic revolution they had gone completely hostile towards Iran. Experts are of the opinion that Monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula, which have historically remained subservient to external powers, are raising voice against Iran on their behest. Ironically, West has used Arab and Kurd divide and Shia Sunni split in Iraq to justify its occupation and intend to use the same card in Iran.
Many in Muslim Ummah believe that post Islamic revolution Iran has become a target of West only because it refuses to succumb to their pressure. As regards its nuclear program there is growing consensus among the Muslims that so far West has failed in presenting any credible evidence that Iran is building atom bomb. While Iran has rejected these apprehensions the West is as adamant as it was about Iraq for building weapons of mass destruction. West was wrong at that time and it is creating hype once again against Iran to install a puppet government there.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East. Earlier he had made a number of veiled threats to attack Iran’s nuclear program and appealed to the United States and the United Nations to set a limit for Tehran on its nuclear program. The United States and other Western countries have rejected Netanyahu’s demand to set a limit for Iran and have urged him to refrain from military action to give diplomacy and sanctions chance to work.
Netanyahu, in an interview published in a French magazine has gone to the extent of saying that such a strike would not worsen regional tensions, as many critics have warned. “Five minutes after, contrary to what the skeptics say, I think a feeling of relief would spread across the region,” he said. The most notable is his statement “Iran is not popular in the Arab world, far from it, and some governments in the region, as well as their citizens, have understood that a nuclear armed Iran would be dangerous for them, not just for Israel.”
Israel, believed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear power, believes Tehran intends to build atomic weapons and has consistently urged the West to increase up sanctions. Iran says it is enriching uranium for peaceful energy purposes only. Netanyahu, who is running for re-election in January at the head of the right-wing Likud party, told the United Nations last month that a strike could wait until spring or summer when he said Tehran might be on the brink of building an atomic bomb.
Courtesy: The Financial Daily