NOTE: I’ve just published a new piece in Middle East Eye recounting the history of the IHRA defintion of anti-Semitism; and the role played by the Israel Lobby in devising it and exploiting it to sabotage the political ascent of Jeremy Corbyn, among others. Please give it a read and let others know too.
The world’s Iran haters are quick to point out (falsely) that Iranian leaders have threatened not just Israel, but world Jewry with extinction. Among them, Bibi Netanyahu has likened Ayatollah Khamenei to Hitler and his regime to the Nazis. In turn, they allege that no Israeli leader has ever made any such threats. This is supposed to mean that Iran is a genocidal, evil country while Israel is white as driven snow.
Well, tonight’s post will disprove this completely. Israel’s prime minister spoke at a ceremony at the Dimona nuclear reactor, which produces the plutonium powering Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal. The occasion marked the renaming of the facility in honor of Shimon Peres, known as the father of Israel’s weapons program. I’ve recounted some of this sordid history here, which included massive lies, bluffs and even theft of nuclear material right out from under the noses of U.S. officials; a crime which was deliberately covered-up by several U.S. presidents. It’s ironic that Netanyahu hated Peres and vice versa.
This is the most explicit threat of nuclear annihilation ever mounted by an Israeli leader against Iran or any other enemy state. Even if it is only a bluff, it is one that should never be made. Not ever. Not unless you’re prepared to do the terrible thing you threaten. I fear that even if Israel does not actually use nuclear weapons against Iran (as Benny Morris and other great minds have suggested), it becomes that much easier to contemplate a military strike, and a concerted effort to topple the Iranian regime. Such a campaign will fail, but it will succeed in one way: in drenching the region in the blood of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of innocent Israelis, Iranians, and possibly Americans.
Though the speech has been reported by several news outlets, none have grasped the full scope and naked aggression in his remarks.
Here is a portion of them:
Shimon Peres strove for peace. But he also understood that true peace can only be realized if our hands grasp firmly weapons which protect us. In the Middle East, as in other parts of the world, there is one simple truth: there is no place for the weak. They’re trampled, slaughtered, erased from history. But the strong, for better or worse, survive. The strong are respected. You sign treaties with the strong, and ultimately you make peace with the strong.
This process of normalization between a strong Israel and the major Arab states has occurred at a rate which could not have been imagined only a few years ago. It’s a process which holds out great hope that finally the circle of peace may be completed. But it’s impossible to deny that many enemies remain both near and far…
Our enemies know what we are capable of. They understand our policy. Whoever tries to harm us, we will harm him.
I’m not mouthing slogans. I’m describing a consistent, clear and determined policy. This is our policy. It is supported by full preparedness, deployment, infrastructure, readiness and, at the right moment, the proper orders.
We are acting to prevent Iran’s military consolidation in Syria. We will not weaken in this mission just as we never weakened in our effort to cancel the terrible nuclear deal with Iran; a goal seen as impossible when I first put it forth on the international agenda several years ago.
He who threatens us with extinction places himself in a similar danger and, at any event, will not achieve his aim.
I would humbly suggest that Israel is not to be trusted with nuclear weapons. Not under the leadership of this zealot. Rather than sit back and let him work his ‘magic’ on the region and the world, I suggest that other states come to see Netanyahu and the state he leads as being a true and profound threat to peace.