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Iran vs. Israel

The Iranian and Israeli flags. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

Iran is "getting ready to produce a missile with a range of 10,000 kilometers. ... That's the Great Satan ... aimed at America, not at us," Moshe Yaalon, Israel's deputy prime minister and minister for strategic affairs, asserted after destroying the missile's base system.

U.S. rocket experts, however, see Israel's assertion as a gross exaggeration of Iran's defense capabilities, while political analysts believe Yaalon is conflating Israeli angst over Iranian nuclear technology with a defense threat against U.S. as well as Middle Eastern security. Right or wrong, Islamic Iran is once again being cast as a pariah within the global community by its theocratic cousin Israel. And with animus and suspicion defining their relationship, is it any wonder the nuclear expertise of either state is considered an existential threat by each to the detriment of progressive regulative authority on nuclear resources in the Middle East?

Until the root cause of Israeli and Iranian animosity is addressed, the nuclear technology of Iran surely remains questionable. United Nation's IAEA inspector Herman Nackaerts says Iran is committed to resolving all outstanding issues and wants to continue with constructive dialogue and progressive regulative authority, offering access to all Iranian nuclear sites. You would not think so by talking to Israeli officials.

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For too long destroying the Iranian nuclear industry has been seen by Israel as the only solution, apparently. Yet bombing Iran does not rectify the problematic relationship between Israel and Iran. As Time magazine notes, an attack on Iran would not necessarily prevent subsequent strategic nuclear development by Iran for the basic sake of future state security. It could lead to a greater resolve by Israel to develop still greater weapons of mass destruction to handle the possibility. And so it goes.

Uranium enrichment

U.N. inspections may well prove Iranian proclamations on their peaceful nuclear intentions, but they do nothing about the political divisions between the theocracies of Iran and Israel. They don't change the basic fact that uranium enrichment can produce both nuclear weapons and energy. And if animus and mistrust remain between Israel and Iran, so might the desire for greater defense systems. Major General Aviv Kochavi, chief of Israeli military intelligence, says Israel faces about 200,000 missiles and rockets aimed at it from its "enemies."

Taking the reasoning behind the term "enemy" out of the equation is evidently the core challenge. Developing systemic authority on both defense industry and nuclear energy, according to the regional imperatives of global resources, transcends the religious rivalries of Israel and Iran.

Brokering talks

So while the United States and the European Union look to Iran to engage in serious talks with world powers on any military dimensions to Iran's nuclear work, is it really enough to diffuse the situation? Do they envisage any talks between Iran and Israel? Does the United States truly want to develop accord between Israel and Iran, and wind back the strategic validation for the military industrial complex of Israel, or maintain last century's status quo of fighting fire with fire and the manifestation of warfare in the Middle East?

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