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Put Palestine First

The world's attention is riveted on the tensions between Iran and Israel and the potential threat of war. But the region's history suggests that if Israel demonstrates good faith towards the Palestinians, Iran may prove to be a benign neighbor.

HAIFA – Not long ago, a Dutch journalist interviewed me about the Iranian nuclear question. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has allegedly banned politicians from giving interviews on the subject, so the journalist had no choice but to seek other candidates, perhaps more “intellectual,” but with no authoritative information to offer.

The journalist asked me, first, if I thought that Israel would launch an attack against Iran’s nuclear plants; second, if I thought that it would be worth destroying Iran’s nuclear-research program to prevent the regime from producing an atomic bomb; and, third, if I thought that Iran might deploy a nuclear bomb against Israel.

To each question, I replied that I didn’t know.

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