Israel Should Be Wary of Its Right-Wing Anti-Zionists

Yesterday, Israeli prosecutors filed an indictment against two Jewish teenagers for throwing stones at Palestinian homes and cars, and assaulting an IDF officer, in a West Bank village. Ben-Dror Yemini observes that the majority of residents of Judea and Samaria don’t approve of such behavior, nor does the Israeli right in all its forms. Indeed, he argues that their ideology should be seen as a form of anti-Zionism, opposed to the Jewish state and its institutions:

The hooligans responsible for these attacks don’t care for the law, the state, the military, or its soldiers who work tirelessly to protect them. It is not patriotism or love for their country that drives these radicals, but the burning fire of racism and hate. If there were only a few of them, the military would have caught them and put an end to this nonsense a long time ago.

But in reality, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands. They live in their own outposts, have their own rabbis, and even representatives in the Knesset who may formally object to their actions, but give them backing when they can. True, there have been cases when these videos [of these incidents] have been faked, staged, or edited for maximum provocation—but there is no denying the spike in violence.

Israel’s enemies are not only those who spread false information about the country’s alleged crimes, but those who live among us and choose to act as monsters.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Anti-Zionism, Israeli society, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Settlements

If Iran Goes Nuclear, the U.S. Will Be Forced Out of the Middle East

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in May that Iran has, or is close to having, enough highly enriched uranium to build multiple atomic bombs, while, according to other sources, it is taking steps toward acquiring the technology to assemble such weapons. Considering the effects on Israel, the Middle East, and American foreign policy of a nuclear-armed Iran, Eli Diamond writes:

The basic picture is that the Middle East would become inhospitable to the U.S. and its allies when Iran goes nuclear. Israel would find itself isolated, with fewer options for deterring Iran or confronting its proxies. The Saudis and Emiratis would be forced into uncomfortable compromises.

Any course reversal has to start by recognizing that the United States has entered the early stages of a global conflict in which the Middle East is set to be a main attraction, not a sideshow.

Directly or not, the U.S. is engaged in this conflict and has a significant stake in its outcome. In Europe, American and Western arms are the only things standing between Ukraine and its defeat at the hands of Russia. In the Middle East, American arms remain indispensable to Israel’s survival as it wages a defensive, multifront war against Iran and its proxies Hamas and Hizballah. In the Indo-Pacific, China has embarked on the greatest military buildup since World War II, its eyes set on Taiwan but ultimately U.S. primacy.

While Iran is the smallest of these three powers, China and Russia rely on it greatly for oil and weapons, respectively. Both rely on it as a tool to degrade America’s position in the region. Constraining Iran and preventing its nuclear breakout would keep waterways open for Western shipping and undermine a key node in the supply chain for China and Russia.

Diamond offers a series of concrete suggestions for how the U.S. could push back hard against Iran, among them expanding the Abraham Accords into a military and diplomatic alliance that would include Saudi Arabia. But such a plan depends on Washington recognizing that its interests in Eastern Europe, in the Pacific, and in the Middle East are all connected.

Read more at National Review

More about: Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy