July 30, 2015
We Must Confront Iran’s Sinister Ambitions in the Middle East – Tzipi Livni (Newsweek)
- While much of the world celebrated the Vienna deal with Iran, deep concern has enveloped Israel, where there is harsh criticism, crossing party lines, involving central aspects of the agreement. The issues causing concern include inspections of Iranian facilities, the failure to dismantle Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, and the early lifting of sanctions.
- I want to draw attention to the urgent need to make some critical complementary strategic decisions to confront Iran’s destructive regional agenda – whether the U.S. Congress backs the Vienna agreement or not. It is hard to deny the strategic and regional impact of legitimizing Iran’s status as a nuclear threshold state and allowing it to be empowered both financially and militarily, while it continues its aggression and sponsorship of terror throughout the region.
- Both Israel and key Sunni states in the Middle East are gravely concerned that the deal risks sending the message that the international community is willing to live with Iranian regional aggression, to accept an unrepentant Iran as a legitimate regional power and, to some extent, to leave the task of confronting Iran’s terror to the countries in the region that are its target.
- Responses to this argument would be more persuasive if there were a feeling that the world was truly willing to mobilize and confront Iran’s regional aggression.
- The reason Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon was considered so perilous was in large part because of the nature of the Iranian regime and its broader agenda. What is urgently needed is a joint hands-on commitment to combating Iran’s destabilizing and destructive role across the Middle East.
The writer was Israel’s minister of foreign affairs (2006-2009), leader of the opposition until 2012, and minister of justice (2013-2014).
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