Does Iran Have a Veto on Israeli-Palestinian Peace?

(National Review) Jonathan S. Tobin - It's not surprising that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. The pact let Iran keep its nuclear infrastructure - including its most advanced equipment - and allowed it to keep enriching uranium. Iran can simply wait until the pact expires and then have the freedom to get a bomb while claiming - with justice - that the West has implicitly sanctioned that outcome. Meanwhile, without the economic sanctions that were lifted, there is nothing to deter Tehran from pursuing its long-range goal of regional hegemony. Trump and his advisers are now grasping that their objectives of defeating ISIS and promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians will have little or no chance of success in an environment where Iran feels it can act with impunity. Tehran's well-armed Hizbullah auxiliaries and its ties to radical Palestinian factions also give it a potential veto over any progress toward peace with Israel, despite Trump's hopes that Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia could broker an agreement.

2017-04-25 00:00:00

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