Iran’s extremism is empowered by Palestinian suffering
By Ray Hanania
This column I wrote in the Arab News examines one of the main factors that empower Iran. Israel’s refusal to make peace and America’s support of Israel’s extremist government.
Americans like outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, one of the most despicable human beings on the planet, made a name for herself by denouncing Iran but in reality she was Iran’s biggest enabler at the United Nations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also exploits Iran for his own interests, denouncing Iran and making threats. But the reality is Israel fears a full-scale military engagement with Iran and its proxy militia Hezbollah which beat Israel so badly in the IDF-Hezbollah war that Israel was forced to declare a truce. After Israel launched a missile attack showering civilian areas with missiles in the ware that began on July 12 and ended on August 14, 2006, Hezbollah responded with a storm of missiles that slammed Israel’s offensive units.
Hezbollah remains one of Israel’s greatest threats next only to Hamas. Ironically, Israel helped create Hamas in the 1970s (not knowing it would turn into a powerful militant group) and its violence against Palestinians is empowering Iran everyday.
(Click here to read the lengthy research into how Israel’s strategy to undermine Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the 1970s inadvertently empowered the rise of Hamas in Gaza.)
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The failure to push Israel’s government to accept a just peace and end its occupation of Palestine and oppression of Palestinian rights has empowered extremist regimes, including and especially Iran.
Tehran thrives on the fact that Palestinians suffer and uses every aspect of that suffering to strengthen its network of extremist allies.
By scorning peace with the Palestinians, Israel is steadily fueling the Islamic Republic’s growing strength.
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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, Middle East Monitor in London, the 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.
The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appeare in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.
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