Dear Mr. Amos Yadlin, with regard to your op-ed piece in the New York Times February 29th. 2012, I find your argument for bombing Iran weak and your demand for the United States to defend you for a war that no one wants untenable.
I am sure that you are proud that your air force was able to take out one reactor in the open Iraqi desert with guided missiles as a success. Maybe it was but it is a continuation of Israel's repeated aggression on other countries sovereignty that will come back to bite Israel. Nevertheless, it was a success. As to the Syrian bombing, it was a one story building whoopididong.
As to your statement by Iran that the Zionist state should be annihilated there is a reason for the message. It does not come in a vacuum, it comes because your nation refuses to grant the Palestinians their legitimate right to a state of their own and to add insult to injury, your nation continues to legalize settlements on the very land that is supposed to be part of the future Palestinian nation. You guys like to whine and shoot at the same time.You whine about being a victim of aggression and yet your nation is the only nation that has a whole people under siege in Gaza. And you will kill anyone who tries to break the embargo. Your nation is the only country that continuously invades and bombs your neighbors in the region. And irony of it all, is that it could all go away if you were to do what Israel is legitimately required to do and that is give the Palestinians their nation. It is important to note that Iran has not other than words acted aggressively towards Israel.
I know, you have been attacked in the past with bombs that killed innocent people. Tragic but it also tragic that Israel in the first Intifada systematically broke the arms of Palestinian teenagers with rifle buts for throwing stones at tanks. Israel has also over it 70 years arrested, assassinated, and continue to humiliate a whole people. It is insane to believe that a people being humiliated won't want to strike back. Killing innocents is horrible. Look at what happened in Iraq and that war was supposedly a good war.
Second, your argument that if Iran has nuclear weapons chaos will occur. Your nation has nuclear deterrence and so does Pakistan, India, China, etc. I do not seeing anyone using them. But more importantly, what if in the region Iran and your nation are the only two nations with nuclear deterrents. It seems to me that the idea of mutual destruction might lead to actual peace because you would have to talk to each other from blowing each other up. And maybe Iran and Israel would stop being so paranoid. But Iran says they do not have one and are not seeking a nuclear deterrent. And before Iraq, a country was taken at its word.
As to other nations having nuclear capability, Saudia Arabia may want one but would probably not take the bait because for them it serves no purpose. Turkey is under the NATO shield. Iraq and Syria are not interested because ultimately all know that a nuclear explosion in the region will affect everyone; but what will happen is nuclear power and with that there is always the possibility that nuclear material could be made into a bomb.
II. The US going joining Israel in aggression towards Iran.
I do not see why we in the United States should support a nation that takes us for suckers. Your Prime Minister continually insults are generals and government of anyone should not tow the Israeli line and you take our money. What did Netanyaho call Rahm Emmanual " a self hating jew." The problem Mr. Yadlin is not Iran it is Israel. It is inevitable that Israel will have to give up the idea that bombing will give you peace.
I do not trust Israel and Israel is not the United States. If I were President Obama, I would say to Netanyahu. "Bibi, you got to do what you got to do but if you do what I think you want to do, do not expect help from us. Further, Iran is not Iraq or Syria. This is nation that stopped a heavily militarized Iraqi army with a million Iranian soldiers armed only with Kalashnikovs. In short, Bibi, Iran is not afraid to fight. And from what I hear they look when they shoot. In short, expect reaction. Second, we are in a economic crisis that is already claiming countries. The Attack would cause oil to shoot through the roof but more importantly, it could cause elements to start bombing Saudia Arabia pipelines, etc thereby causing the price to go even higher.
But maybe we can start using paraffin lamps and generators to power our lights. But more importantly, Iran has a very educated population and in particular scientists that can create bombs. Maybe they do not have one now but be sure that if you attack they will want one and get one.
A good friend of mine said pick your battles and Bibi this a battle that you do not want to get involved in. Lets see about the sanctions and lets go from there. Mazaltoff! that is the right decision."
There is a line in Leon Uris book Exodus in which the hero Ari is asking his terrorist uncle about the Arabs who live in Palestine what happens to them? His uncle looks at him and says " for five thousand years, we Jews have been victims, let someone else be a victim for a change." Mr. Yadlin, Israel's mantra of " never again" has to be modified to include the idea that not all people are going to like Israel. More importantly, Israel does itself a disservice by its continual disregard of its UN obligations. By your continual obsession with enemies, you have forgotten that a flower can be more effective than a bullet.
I have an idea that if the Palestinian's get their state, then whole lot of things start to change and change fast and all for the good for Israel and the region.
The specifics are for another article. If that were to happen though, the rhetoric out of Iran becomes irrelevant and more likely than not Iran and Israel might find themselves on the same side on a lot of issues.