On the heels of the Obama administration’s poor deal with Iran there has been quite a bit of consternation on both the left and the right about the terrible terms of the negotiated deal. Many critics have wondered how it is that we could even begin dealing “honestly” with a nation that incessantly calls for our destruction and the destruction of our allies.
The answer is, we cannot.
The ink on the paper hasn’t even dried yet, and Iran is already proving to be a horrible partner in “peace.” A story in the New York Post on Saturday details a just-released book from the mind of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The book is titled “Palestine” and it is a rambling 416 page screed against Israel, the United States and anything not Islamic.
Khamenei makes his position clear from the start: Israel has no right to exist as a state.
He uses three words. One is “nabudi,” which means “annihilation.” The other is “imha,” which means “fading out,” and, finally, there is “zaval,” meaning “effacement.”
Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.”
One such principle is that a land that falls under Muslim rule, even briefly, can never again be ceded to non-Muslims. What matters in Islam is ownership of a land’s government, even if the majority of inhabitants are non-Muslims….
However, according to Khamenei, Israel, which he labels as “adou” and “doshman,” meaning “enemy” and “foe,” is a special case for three reasons.
The first is that it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan” and a key element in its “evil scheme” to dominate “the heartland of the Ummah.”
The second reason is that Israel has waged war on Muslims on a number of occasions, thus becoming “a hostile infidel,” or “kaffir al-harbi.”
Finally, Israel is a special case because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City.”
While Khamenei doesn’t mention the just-accomplished nuke deal, he does seem to imply throughout the book that Iran’s nuclear capabilities are meant to act as a deterrent against Israel. Khamenei envisions a long, drawn-out “low-intensity” war against Israel that will eventually push Israel’s citizens to move out of the Jewish nation. His hope is that making Iran a nuclear power will force Israel to think twice about using its military to stop Iran’s long-term plans (for fear that Iran would launch a nuclear attack in return). In this way, Khamanei believes that Iran can slowly but surely destroy the will of Israel’s citizens to continue living in “Palestine.”
In Khamenei’s analysis, once the cost of staying in Israel has become too high for many Jews, Western powers, notably the US, which have supported the Jewish state for decades, might decide that the cost of doing so is higher than possible benefits.
Thanks to President Obama, the US has already distanced itself from Israel to a degree unimaginable a decade ago.
Khamenei counts on what he sees as “Israel fatigue.” The international community would start looking for what he calls “a practical and logical mechanism” to end the old conflict.
Khamenei’s “practical and logical mechanism” excludes the two-state formula in any form.
“The solution is a one-state formula,” he declares. That state, to be called Palestine, would be under Muslim rule but would allow non-Muslims, including some Israeli Jews who could prove “genuine roots” in the region, to stay as “protected minorities.”
Khamenei even seems to admit that Iran is behind many of the acts of terrorism that happen in Israel each year! Throughout his book the evil anti-Semitic nature of Khamenei’s beliefs are more than evident; at times his racism and religious bigotry seem to ooze from the book itself.
Khamenei boasts about the success of his plans to make life impossible for Israelis through terror attacks from Lebanon and Gaza. His latest scheme is to recruit “fighters” in the West Bank to set up Hezbollah-style units.
“We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006 and in the 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip,” he boasts.
Khamenei describes Israel as “a cancerous tumor” whose elimination would mean that “the West’s hegemony and threats will be discredited” in the Middle East. In its place, he boasts, “the hegemony of Iran will be promoted.”
Khamenei’s book also deals with the Holocaust, which he regards either as “a propaganda ploy” or a disputed claim. “If there was such a thing,” he writes, “we don’t know why it happened and how.”
This is the Supreme Leader, the final authority on life and politics and the military, of Iran. This is the man who is the ultimate authority in Iran on our deal with them. This is the man the Obama administration trusts with the future of the Middle East and possible the world. Questionable judgment? Yep.
What’s worse is that these aren’t just the insane ramblings of a madman (though Khamenei may well be deranged). Just watch the world news or listen to anything said about Israel in the United Nations. The world is turning its back on Israel; Khamenei’s strategy is working! And President Obama is making us complicit with him by engaging in deal making with the villains who run Iran. It’s despicable.