Re the Washington Post article on July 14: “Israel blasts Iran deal as ‘one of the darkest days in history‘”
William Booth and Ruth Eglash assert, “Opposition leaders [in Israel] were united in condemning the Iran deal…” This is false.
The Joint List, representing the vast majority of Palestinian citizens of Israel, who comprise approximately 20 percent of the population, supports the deal. The Meretz party does too.
We love our lives and families every bit as much as those who oppose the deal, but have concluded this deal makes the region safer for us while offering the added benefit of making it safer for millions of Iranians as well, provided Prime Minister Netanyahu does not take rash action in seeking to bomb Iran.
The Joint List wants weapons of mass destruction out of the Middle East altogether, including from Israel.
Booth and Eglash quote Israel’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely as saying, “The State of Israel will employ all diplomatic means to prevent confirmation of the agreement.” We do not support this position to undermine the President of the United States and the popular support of the American public for this deal. More war is not what the American public and the region need, though it certainly would distract the world from Israel’s ongoing subjugation of Palestinians — a reality Netanyahu does not want to address.
We are also concerned that men such as Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — two of the principal American opponents of the nonviolent movement for Palestinian freedom and equality — will contribute millions to candidates bucking the agreement. Adelson, in 2013, called for hitting Iran with atomic weapons and Saban stated in November 2014 that were he Netanyahu and a deal signed that he didn’t like he would “bomb the living daylights out of these sons of bitches.” Such rhetoric is irresponsible and grotesque and not in the interests of regional peace.
Editor’s note. Dr. Ahmad Tibi submitted this as piece as a letter to The Washington Post, to correct the record. The Post has not run it, despite its obvious news value. Readers should note that the Post did lately run a letter from the Islamophobe Steven Emerson responding to a piece that mentioned him. Tibi is a far more respectable figure.