Thursday, August 17, 2006


CSPAN carried a presentation by the 83 year old deputy leader of the present Israeli government, Shimon Peres yesterday (Wednesday, Aug. 16 ) repeatedly.

Kathleen and I were greatly impressed by the survey of recent events and their implications which Peres presented. He said that, although Israel would defend herself if directly attacked by Syria or Iran, for now Iran and Syria are "the world's problem".

The "world's" answer t0 the problem of Iran and Syria is the biggest present unknown. The easy way out is to ignore the Iran nuclear issue and maintain a semblance of peace. Europe certainly does not have the will to prevent Iran from going nuclear (in the sense of weapons).

The U.S. government should be talking to the Iranian leaders at the highest level possible (both them and us) as often as possible. Talking with the Iranian government can do no harm and doesn't imply that we respect their positions.

The U.S. could commit to not trying to aid any "regime change" in Iran, if in return, Iran agrees to abandon the nuclear weapons path and commit to full IAEA inspections of all nuclear facilities including surprise inspections anywhere in Iran.

We cannot turn our backs on Israel, although we can use our large financial support as a wedge to encourage Israel to continue to look for ways to reach limited agreements with the Palestinians which will reduce the tensions.


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