9 thoughts on “Israel Desperately Wants to Deny Iran Nukes, Trump May Have Just Ensured It Gets Them – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. It is most unlikely that Iran will be “getting nukes”. Since the Revolution both the religious and political leaders have been strongly opposed to all weapons of mass destruction. Look up “the Golberg Predilictions” for dozens of statements to that effect. My favourite quotation from Khamenei is the following:

    “The Iranian nation has never pursued and will never pursue nuclear weapons,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.
    There is no doubt that the decision makers in the countries opposing us know well that Iran is not after nuclear weapons because the Islamic Republic, logically, religiously and theoretically, considers the possession of nuclear weapons a grave sin and believes the proliferation of such weapons is senseless, destructive and dangerous.” As a logical and religious person I am in total agreement.

    Readers might say “what about the nuclear weapons activities reported in 2003 by US intelligence, described by the IAEA as a “possible military dimension to Iran’s nuclear program”. This turned out to be an unauthorised program of research into some dual-use technologies of possible relevance to nuclear weapons, which was closed down by Hassan Rohani, the current president of Iran, when he became nuclear policy chief in 2003.

    1. @ Ariel Shaked: Well, gee, let’s see why I wrote one thing in 2014 and write something slightly different in 2020: hmm, why might that be? Could it be that six years have passed and that conditions were hopeful and optimistic then, comparatively, while they are bleak and catastrophic now? That might explain.

      Regarding the fatwa, it is a strong compelling religious edict which Khamenei probably would not or could not break. So it’s likely Iran will not actually develop a nuclear weapon. But killing someone who was like his first-born son and a hero of the Islamic Revolution puts that at considerable jeopardy.

      And really, the attempts at “gotcha” are pathetic. Go back to Hasbara 101 and try some new techniques. I am glad though that you’re combing through my blog archieve searching desperately for contradictions. Too bad you’re not paying any attention to the content of my arguments.

  2. Oh the hypocrisy…. Natanyahu poses with the famous “bomb cartoon” and calls for US led attacks on Iran. Now he tries to distance himself from being dragged into a war by the lunatic Trump. Hey Bennie, you make your bed and you lie in it.

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  4. It is a fatwa, not preference of pizza topping. It islamophobic to argue it will be changed just for revenge.

    If a fatwa gets question marks, what wouldn’t? Your argument about the fatwa being set in stone which eliminates any Israeli argument about Iranian willingness to develop WMD, seemed very assured. I didn’t buy it then (when I heard of it from other people) and I don’t buy it now.

    1. @ Ariel Shaked:

      If a fatwa gets question marks, what wouldn’t?

      So what? There are laws in the Torah which are sacrosanct. Guess what later rabbis did? They amended them or reinterpreted them in order to permit Jews to live their lives without being enslaved or suffocated by outmoded beliefs and practices. Every religious tradition has such issues and the ones which survive are the ones able to adapt to changing circumstance.

      OH and it’s quite rich that you’ve all of a sudden become a religious scholar on Islamic law. When did that happen?

      Next time a gay person is stoned in Israel or any Jewish community, do let me know (though a few have been murdered, but hopefully this is a minority view in the Israeli Orthodox community). I can’t remember the last time a Jewish adulterer or adulteress was stoned, can you?

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