Comment to Israel’s defence minister in Washington Post

Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon writes in Washington Post under the headline “Current Iran framework will make war more likely”
When I wrote my comment there were already more than 1100 comments – so here it is:

“Israel’s defence minister is an echo of PM Netanyahu. Nothing new, Israel’s official views are well-known, beamed out a thousand times more effectively than Iran’s to the world, not the least thanks to leading U.S. free and plural media.

What makes you, Mr. Ya’alon, think that this whole discussion can go on forever as if Israel was not the main problem because of its military/militarism and its nuclear weapons?

Your military expenditures are about the same as Iran’s, a country with about 10 times more people to defend. While you continue to hold occupied territory and fight wars for it – and you are a military man who mentions what he has been forced to do during war – you omit mention of the fact that Iran has not invaded anyone for more than 200 years.

Israel, sadly, pursues law-defying policies and decades long ethnic cleansing instead of taking one step in the direction of trying to live together in a democracy-for-all state. You’ve got more power to change Israel’s policies than most Israelis.

Morally – and I take you to be a moral man – you cannot contribute to punishing 80 million people (sanction, bombing threats, agents, propaganda, etc) who have done nothing wrong – i.e. Iran has no nuclear weapons and is a member of the NPT – where you are in the opposite, deplorable situation.

Who threatened you when, in the 1960s, you acquired nuclear weapons? Iran? No, Israel sought to help Iran to get nuclear weapons.

So, dear defence minister, come down from your high, morally handicapped, horse and dialogue (don’t let Netanyahu continue with his arrogant manners).

Take a trip to Iran and talk with your opposite number there. It’s a civilisation, an educated people and a place of amazing culture and hospitality as good as Israel.

As minister of defence you may know everything about war but peace is obviously not your profession. If it were – you would write another type of article here and have better arguments for a future Middle East of peace.

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