The Islamic Republic and Islamic State

(Jerusalem Post) Yariv Levin - Some have considered the idea of creating an alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fight against the radical extremists of the Islamic State. There has even been talk of loosening the Western world's opposition to Iran's nuclear weapons program in order to encourage cooperation. Such a move would be a mistake of historic proportions. Iran is no different than Islamic State. This is true with respect to Iran's ultimate ambitions as well as with respect to Iran's attitude to human rights. The ambition of both Iran and the IS is wide territorial expansion. The only difference between the Islamic Republic and Islamic State is that one fights in the name of the Shi'ite Muslims while the other fights in the name of the Sunni Muslims. The rise of the IS should not turn the world's attention away from Iran. Rather, it should highlight to the world how dangerous radical Islam would be if armed with nuclear weapons. The writer is chairman of the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

2014-10-23 00:00:00

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