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What about Iran?

Reader comment on item: One Cheer for Obama's Arab-Israeli Policy

Submitted by Nikolaj (Germany), Oct 11, 2009 at 11:38

Dear Dr. Pipes,

I wholeheartedly agree with you on the necessity to achieve a comprehensive solution with all relevant regional actors. In both your original article from 1990 and the more recent piece you mention other Arab nations, that need to normalize relationships with Israel.

However, it could be argued that, today, Iran is the most important "third party", especially due to its influence over Hamas and Hizbullah. From an Israeli security perspective, regognition by Saudi-Arabia is worthless if territory Israel withdraws from becomes a launching site for Iranian-made missiles.So, my question to you would be: Do you consider it a viable strategy to include Iran in such an approach?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, Iran is important. But then and now, it the current regime is not about to make such concessions.

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