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Israel’s nuclear threat to world peace

It should be emphasised that the European Jewish Congress (EJC),does not represent all Europe’s Jews, despite how it purports to do so.

Iran may be less than candid about its nuclear ambitions but it has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has not.

Forget Iran – Israel is bigger threat to world peace New Europe, by David Cronin, JANUARY 4, 2012  Is a war with Iran inevitable? I don’t have the answer to that question. But I do feel a
sense of déjà-vu when I scan the headlines. Iran is capable of assembling a bomb within a year, Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, told CBS News recently. Though not as outlandish, his “warning” carried a chilling reminder of Tony Blair’s claim that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.

One especially unsavoury aspect of the debate around Iran is how it is being driven by ‘public relations’ professionals, who try to dress up their bloodlust in respectable clothing. Without exception, these “opinion-formers” are supporters of Israel, a state founded on ethnic
cleansing, wedded to apartheid and addicted to war……
yet few in the media bother to question the motives of such people or
highlight the egregious double standard of demanding robust action
against Iran’s nuclear “ambitions”, while keeping mum about the
nuclear warheads that Israel has already amassed.

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), issued
a comical statement in December last. It referred to “reports” – the
source of which went unmentioned – that Iran may be preparing to
strike Germany in response to an American attack on Iranian nuclear
installations. “Whether or not these reports are valid is beside the
point, we know certain facts and they are that Iran sees much of
Europe as its enemy,” he added.

Can someone who makes a big hullabaloo about new “reports” and then
argues it’s irrelevant if they are accurate be regarded as credible?
Of course, he can’t. Yet Kantor enjoys the kind of access to political
leaders that most lobbyists can only dream of. His organisation’s
website tells of how he has spent years bending the ears of senior
figures in all of the European Union’s institutions about the “threat”
from Iran.

It should be emphasised that the EJC does not represent all Europe’s
Jews, despite how it purports to do so. I have a number of Jewish
friends and acquaintances who disagree sharply with its agenda……..

Iran may be less than candid about its nuclear ambitions but it has
signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has not.

True, Iran’s human rights record is deplorable. It was the world’s
second highest user of the death penalty in 2010. But invoking that as
a casus belli would be grossly hypocritical, when one considers that
the US was at number five on the global executions table.

My (sadly unrealistic) wish for 2012 is that Europe’s leaders stop
their macho posturing towards Tehran and that they address a bigger
threat to world peace. The name of that threat is Israel.

● David Cronin’s book Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the
Occupation is published by Pluto Press.

January 6, 2012 - Posted by | Israel, weapons and war

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