“This is a dangerous agreement, particularly for Saudi Arabia … it provides Iran with what it needs most to pursue its wars and expansionism against the Arabs. Lifting the sanctions is America’s way of backing the dangerous and direct wars against Arabs.”
Now you might be forgiven for thinking that this might be an Israeli diplomat or even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been appearing everywhere denouncing the treaty as a bad deal. But the writer is Salah al-Mukhtar, a Jordanian columnist who writes for Ammon News.
If that’s not enough, continue reading the next concern:
“The United States surely does not want to see a more powerful Iranian hegemony in the region, but at the same time, it does not appear to mind some kind of Iranian influence in the region.” Israeli propaganda? This was written by Nasser Ahmed Bin Ghaith, from the United Arab Emirates.
It seems that Netanyahu is not the only one with stratospheric concerns about Iran’s apocalyptic plans. The entire area is very nervous about the true intent of the Iranians and their plans in the area.
If Iran was the kind of international player who plays by the Queensbury Rules, and elicited an aura of trust, the concerns would be diminished, and the fears would be neutralized. But that is not the case. As talks focused on the sole concerns of limiting Iran’s centrifuges, Iran has been allowed to interfere, direct and extend its influence through powerful terrorist groups whose viciousness, mayhem and thirst for autocratic Islamist fundamentalist power knows no bounds. And all this while ISIS and its allies are charting their own paths of destruction and murder of innocent civilians and creating huge population changes, as innocents are forced to leave and find safety in other countries that lack the resources to care for them.
An old story has it that a scorpion asks a fox if it would be good enough to give it a ride across the Suez Canal. The fox responds by saying that the scorpion will then go ahead and sting the fox, hence killing it. To which the scorpion replies that if it went ahead and stung the fox, then both of them would drown, and why would the scorpion want to do this? The fox agrees, and the scorpion rides on the fox’s back. Halfway through, the scorpion stings the fox. The fox, in shock, responds: Now we shall both drown. Why did you do that? And the scorpion replies: Because this is the Middle East.
This isn’t funny if the world is carrying Iran along on its back in the belief that it is going to be a peaceful partner to the talks. For Iran will sting, and then the rest of the world will suffer the poisonous consequences of that trust … particularly the “Zionist entity” of Israel and the Great Satan of America.
Chaim Landau is rabbi emeritus at the Greenspring Valley Synagogue.