Israel military planning division chief, General Amir Eshel argues that if Iran gets atomic weapons it would constrain Israel from striking at Palestinian forces in Lebanon, Gaza and would impair assaults on Hezbollah or Hamas. “If we are forced to do things in Gaza or Lebanon, under the Iranian nuclear umbrella it might be different.” He worries that a nuclear Iran is a threat to regional stability and to the survival of Israel. However, there is another way to interpret an Iranian nuclear weapon.
It would force Israel to engage in HONEST NEGOTIATIONS with Palestinian leaders like President Abbas. It would force Israel to end their aggressive and violent occupation of the West Bank and reach a reasonable resolution of this problem. An Israel which worked with Palestinians to create a new regional economic structure stands a better chance for long term peace and prosperity than an Israel which only relies on threats, war and violence against Palestinians. It is time for Israel to grasp the need to be a leader of compromise and peace.