American led deal with Iran will bring security and justice to the Middle East region. And that’s why Israel’s government is so against it. Israel’s government doesn’t want security. It wants tension. Tension and the threat of conflict justifies their fear-mongering and strengthens their ability to bully Americans to support their needs, and turn a blind eye towards Israel injustices
By Ray Hanania
The deal reached with Iran will hopefully change the dynamics of the Middle East and give the fight for justice a needed boost.
Iran is about to sign a deal that would allow international scrutiny of its nuclear program in exchange for lifting crippling economic and political sanctions.
Many Arab tyrants oppose the deal with Iran, mainly fearing a weakening of their own powers. Saudi Arabia, which is engaged in a seismic shift from moderation into the lap of Israel’s political agenda, is the most aggrieved by the progress, second only in hostility by Israel.
That’s why the Iranian deal is so important. It gives Iran the opportunity to champion the fight against growing Israeli extremism, which is the greatest threat to the region today, and something Saudi Arabia has forgot.
Israel is the only country with an arsenal of atomic bombs, protected by a cowering West that fears an oppressive beat-down by the Israeli lobby. Israel has Congress in a headlock, bullying the mainstream news media, too.
Israel’s extremist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows the deal could make Iran the single most effective voice of freedom in the region. Iran is fearless in challenging Israel’s propaganda and lies, while America is afraid.
Israel’s strategy has been to shield its illegal conduct by bullying its critics into silence. Israel engages in civil rights violations against both non-Jews and Blacks.
To reinforce its influence, Israel has been working through back channels to build economic ties with key Arab countries that historically have paid lip service to the Palestinian cause – and huge donations to quell criticism of its policies of doing nothing.
Saudi Arabia has been willing to publicly criticize Israel while providing just enough funds to help Palestinian despondency to keep the critics quiet. But privately, Saudi Arabia has surrendered to American pressure to work out its differences with Israel in exchange for favorable American largesse.
Case in point: Saudi Arabia complains loudly about Iran’s alleged efforts to build a nuclear bomb and yet remains silent about Israel’s confirmed stockpile of more than 250 nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Israel has helped direct the American strategy in the Middle East, to use America soldiers to undermine governments that have gone beyond the usual Arab rhetoric in their criticism of Israel, such as in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and even in Jordan where King Abdullah II has been bought off by American foreign aid to turn a blind eye to Israel’s hegemony. As long as Israel doesn’t bother the weakling King Abdullah II, King Abdullah is happy to spout meaningless gibberish as his foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia, which has been on the forefront of a mixture of love and hate from America, would like to be in Jordan’s position, and has been slowly shifting its policies to accommodate American demands that it quietly surrender to Israel’s dominance in exchange for beneficial policy treatment.
All the Saudi’s want to do is return to the garish days of wasteful spending on women, alcohol, gambling, and high-end consumerism while maintain the pretense of being the hallowed keepers of the Holy precepts of Islam.
In contrast, no nation has been more honest and open about its positions more than Iran. Iran has criticized Israel, and rightly so. Iran has refused to bow down to the political fanaticism of Netanyahu’s Israel.
Iran has demanded that it be treated with respect, and has been willing to set aside justified grievances stemming from nearly 100 years of international war crimes and injustices committed against it by the West.
Those injustices are stark and clear for anyone with an open mind not controlled by Israel to see: from the undermining of its democratically elected prime minister, to the support and protection of the world’s greatest tyrant and mass murderer, the Shah of Iran Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, to the war against Islam by President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who more than anyone deserves to face charges of international war crimes.
President Barack Obama is risking a lot in choosing justice and the rule of law over the easier option of surrendering to Israel’s oppressive lobbying pressures. It’s bad enough that Obama’s administration continues to face challenges driven by racism and hatred of Blacks. Racism in America is as strong today as it 100 years ago, but more sophisticated and lace curtain than before. Most American Whites still can’t accept that a Black Man is running this country.
There is a lot at stake in this deal with Iran. Israel knows that it must do everything it can to stop it, including pulling out all the plugs of pretense, and ordering its paid members of Congress to not only oppose it but to stop it at all costs.
But I believe Iranians recognize that this deal will give it a platform in the region and the world that it never had before, one from which it can champion just causes like Palestine rights, and expose war crimes and oppress like those committed by Israel.
Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian American columnist managing editor of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @RayHanania.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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