In the wake of the Iranian opening — see photos tweeted by Rouhani account of the president’s arrival in NY, travels with his Foreign Minister, after historic phone conversation with Obama– many Israelis are completely beside themselves, but no one is taking them very seriously. The boy has cried wolf too many times. They simply cannot bring themselves to see any kind of opportunity in peace.
Here’s a blast from the past. As the American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka stated, it’s the prospect that Iran will be considered normal–and accepted– that is the most dangerous to the neoconservatives and other friends of Israel.
The biggest problem for the United States is not Iran getting a nuclear weapon and testing it, it’s Iran getting a nuclear weapon and not using it. Because the second that they have one and they don’t do anything bad, all of the naysayers are going to come back and say, “See, we told you Iran is a responsible power. We told you that Iran wasn’t getting nuclear weapons in order to use them immediately…we told you Iran wasn’t seeking regional influence or regional hegemony..” And they will eventually define Iran with nuclear weapons as not a problem.