In case you were wondering why I belong to a tiny minority in Israel who backs nuclear negotiations with Iran, then read the sign in front of today’s Friday prayer leader in Tehran. It says in Persian and English “Israel must be wiped from the pages of time”.
Since the start of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Israelis have been told by the Iran regime their country is a cancer, a microbe and that it should be wiped out. It even said so on the walls on my Jewish school in Tehran. I had to see it every day.
From my observations as an Iranian – Israeli who lives in Israel, a small minority in Israel don’t want a deal with Iran regime because they want war. Majority of those who don’t want a deal with Iran don’t want war, but at the same time find it difficult to trust a regime that has financed the killing of many of their compatriots, and has been calling for the elimination of their country, which is their home.
I believe that a diplomatic solution will serve the interests of the state of Israel as it will increase inspections and will distance the Iranian regime from a nuclear weapon in a peaceful manner. I also think it will reduce an important threat to Israel. I think its unlikely that the Iranian regime would break such a deal, if there is going to be one. Why agree to increased inspections on your soil if you want to “sneak out” to make a nuclear weapon?
That said, I understand the logic of those in Israel who do not trust the Iranian regime. I don’t agree with them, but I understand their suspicion.
No regime has the right to call for the elimination of another country, time after time after time, for 36 years. And for what? The Iranian regime says its calling for the elimination of the state Israel because it wants to defend the rights of the people of Palestine. Well, the people of Palestine have not given a mandate to the Iranian regime to do that. Majority of them don’t even like the Iranian regime. According to the latest survey by Pew research, 57% of Palestinians have a negative view towards the regime in Tehran.
Yes to peace with the people of Palestine. Yes to diplomacy. No to threats of elimination by a regime which says it’s the defender of Muslims, yet it finances and helps the Assad regime which has gassed and killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Syria.