Brain Bush’s Blog

Poisoned Apple

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 27, 2013
  • 1:10 pm

Hi Everyone,

It's been a big week at the United Nations in the big apple – New York.

And here in Israel there is not to much joy at the potential bringing in of Iran back to the international fold.

In fact, Iran's overtures are being seen by many here as the proverbial poisoned apple to the West's effective sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.

This has come primarily through the reduction of Iran's oil revenues.

In limited fashion, Israel's officials are letting their displeasure be known – without trying to offend their US allies who are spear heading the talks with Iran.

Israel is trying to remind western powers that Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani is playing an old and familiar game by trying to deflect attention from Iran's nuclear weapons program.

But the ground breaking sideline meeting of Secretary of State John Kerry with his Iranian counterpart is seen as a huge step forward – namely because these are the highest level direct talks with Iran America has had since 1979.

Many people are making the point about the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.

Israel is not a part of this.

It maintains that in the Middle East, Israel is not a threat because it does not go about seeking to destroy other countries – drawing reference to such statements made in the past by those who have – like Iran, Iraq, Libya & Syria which have signed the treaty and in Israel's view, violated it.

The Iranian President Rouhani's Speech to the UN General Assembly has been widely received in the West with optimistic hope for the possibility of change.

However Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's response has been highly critical.

“As expected, this was a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy. Rouhani spoke of human rights even as Iranian forces are participating in the large-scale slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria.” said Netanyahu.

He has a point.

Netanyahu went on to point out that from the UN's podium Iran condemned terrorism even while the Iranian regime uses terrorism in dozens of countries around the world. (It should be pointed out that these actions were under the previous Iranian administration).

Netanyahu also drew reference to an IAEA report that determined the Iranian nuclear program (allegedly for civilian purposes) has military dimensions.

But the point many in the world are making is that we must start somewhere in talking about things in order to fix them.

Netanyahu says, let Iran, which is one of the most oil-rich nations, invest it's capital in producing electricity rather than, as Israel asserts, ballistic missiles and underground nuclear facilities.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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