Israel vs. Iran at the U.N.

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a former senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at Follow Rafizadeh at @majidrafizadeh.

Picture 14When it comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, one of the countries that would be the first target and would experience the severe repercussions of an Islamist nuclear-armed Iran is Israel. This issue of a nuclear- armed Iran led by an Islamist regime has become more critical and dreadful due to the geographic proximity of Iran and Tel Aviv (merely half the distance between New York and Los Angeles), along with its fundamentalist ideology.

After President Hassan Rouhani attempted to appear, and disguise himself, as a moderate by using a conciliatory tone, outreaching to the West and the United States, advocating for human rights by releasing a few prisoners out of the thousands of lawyers and political activists in jail, and keeping a smile while delivering his speech at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered his speech in response to Rouhani’s rhetoric.

The geographic proximity of Israel and Iran, along with Israel’s first-hand knowledge of Iranian and Arab culture in the Middle East and the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran, has led Israeli leaders to understand, analyze and fully comprehend the politics of the ruling clerics and Ayatollahs of Iran better than their Western counterparts, European allies, and even the Obama administration.

The first critical issue that Netanyahu pointed out was on the ideological unity of the clerics (across all of Iran’s political spectrum: reformists, moderates, centrists, hardliners, conservative, and principalists). Netanyahu stated, “They’ve all served that same unforgiving creed, that same unforgiving regime”.

Rouhani was a friend of Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamist and theocratic regime. Through the last 34 years of the Islamist regime, Rouhani climbed the political ladder by fulfilling Islamist principles and ideals. He has been a member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, a part of the notorious Supreme National Security Council since 1989, a member of the Expediency Council since 1991, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992.

Therefore, the major question is why Iranian Islamist clerics and Rouhani are following this “disguised smile policy”?  It comes down to the very international and unilateral economic sanctions that have brought the Islamist regime to its knees. Iran’s inflations has spiked, the Iranian currency the Rial has devalued, oil exports have dropped, and there is a huge risk of revolt that would endanger the hold on power of the Ayatollahs and the clerics. This “disguised smile policy” is a strategic move by the ruling clerics in the Islamic Republic.  The Shiite-Islamist principle of Taqiyya, which is very popular Iran and among the Iranian Ayatollahs and clerics, allows the Shiite ruling Muslims to lie and to see lying not only as acceptable, but also as mandatory for accomplishing and achieving one’s own objectives.

The second issue that Netanyahu addressed in his speech at the UN General Assembly this week is the comparison between Iran and North Korea. As the Israeli government has pointed out, a nuclear-armed Islamist regime of Iran would be geopolitically and militarily much more dangerous than North Korea. The key reason is that Iran and the Iranian Ayatollahs will infuse their Islamist Shiite ideology to nuclear ambitions and a nuclear program. As a result, Iranian leaders will not only have nuclear arms and weapons, but also will use Jihadist and Islamist ideology when it comes to deploying those warheads and weapons. As stated at the UN General Assembly speech this week, Iran’s politics and ideology are close to, and an even more extreme version of, those of Europe’s fascist dictatorships of the 20th century.

The third fundamental thing is related to facts and actions rather than words. As the saying goes, actions speaks louder than words— Iran is still spinning its centrifuges and enriching uranium while Rouhani has launched his “charm offensive.” Tehran is now enriching uranium at 20 percent purity, which is considered to be a relatively technical short step from obtaining weapons-grade material and arms. Netanyahu stated, “I wish I could believe Rouhani, but I don’t,” telling the General Assembly with Iran’s vacant seats, “Because facts are stubborn things and the facts are that Iran’s savage record flatly contradicts Rouhani’s soothing rhetoric.”

As the West and the United States seem to be easing their economic sanctions on Iran and mending relationships because of Rouhani’s charm offensive and smile policy, Iran is continuing to enrich uranium at 20 percent, defy the International Atomic Energy Agency standards (IAEA), and crack down on lawyers, human rights and political activists. It seems that the West may awake to the truth of the situation one day, but when it is too late and when Iran is already a nuclear-armed state accompanied with its Islamist ideology.

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  • AdinaF

    The above analysis is indeed cogent and fluid, in its strategic and regional implications.

    And there is no greater authority on the issue at hand than Professor Louis Rene Beres, Chair of ‘Project Daniel’, author of a detailed policy paper given to President Bush and PM Sharon, back in 2003. Subsequently, it was delivered directly to PM Netanyahu, and it has been updated to reflect various regional dynamics.

    That being said, the following is more than efficacious: ‘Israel’s Pre-emptive Window, Re Iran, Has (Precipitously) Closed: Professor Louis Rene Beres Expounds.’ If interested, google it.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • Kim

      I totally agree with you. A very good and logical political analysis.

      I am just wondering how this Dr. Rafizadeh do not fear repercussion from other Muslims.

  • Hass

    I can’t believe this Muslime POTUS is willing to let these deranged Mullahs attain Nuclear weapons. What’s more frightening is some stupid Western Nations seem to agree with Osama.

    We are talking about they wanting to Nuke an entire country. These cowardly Mullahs must be stopped. Period!

  • Punktil243

    Give it up, you Zionazi propagandists! Israel is losing the PR campaign. Everyone is sick of her starting wars and committing war crimes. If the US and Iran finally make peace (which would be good for everyone except the Zionists), I’m sure Nuttyyahoo will designate it an official Jewish day of mourning.

    • Softly Bob

      Israel has started no wars, so that’s a lie for starters. Name ONE war that Israel started.

      You can’t. The fact you have the cheek to come on here and say that, shows you’re nothing but a deranged and gibbering idiot! Go away and wet your own bed, toddler-boy.. Don’t come here and wet on ours!

      • Punktil243

        Was that MEANT to be a softball question? Let’s see…

        Suez War of 1956 (along with the UK and France)
        Six-Day War (yes, Israel attacked first)
        1982 War in Lebanon
        2006 Hezbollah War
        2008-2009 Gaza Massacre
        2012 Gaza Massacre, Part II

        Bring on the Hasbara apologetics, you Ziorat.

        • defcon 4

          Gaza “massacres” were the product of the camel raping muslimes firing rockets and mortar rounds into Israel unilaterally ‘tard. Ditto for the Hezbollah War (when Hezbollah were firing Katuysha knock-offs into Israel). Please follow the example your leader set in the fuhrer bunker in 1944.

          • Punktil243

            Whom do you think you’re kidding? The entire world, except Israel and its puppets in the American government, disagrees with your revisionist nonsense. “Camel raping muslimes [sic]“…wow, aren’t you clever.

          • defcon 4

            “The entire world” consisting of what? The wonderful world of islam?

        • UCSPanther

          Still sore about the Six Day War?

          Good. It was the war that showed the arrogance of Nasser and his allies, and you are in no shape to try again.

        • Drakken

          Your pali friends deserved everything they got and more, I can’t wait until your savage friends start the next intifada and Israel wipes them off the map, then you’ll be really crying.

          • Hass


          • brutus

            your grandparents were also cruel,and threatening towards the germans who complained of the jewish collective behavior destroying their country……………… did that work out in the end?

          • defcon 4

            How do you know? I bet you thought we forgot about the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem as well, his advocacy of the Final Solution and his drafting muslimes to serve in the largest SS division ever to serve in the Nazi ranks.


            brutass, It worked out with your side SURRENDERING UNCONDITIONALLY to the US, UK and SU.

            Now Israel has the means to defend itself and destroy socialist backed islamosavages.

            That’s why your pals call it a NAKBA.

          • brutus

            unpack that word salad and get back to me.

          • defcon 4

            Go pack some fudge.

          • Drakken

            My Grand parents were German you dumbazz! Prussian to be more exact.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Suez War of 1956 (along with the UK and France)”

          Out of the blue, with no cause. Innocent Muslims attacked again!

          “Six-Day War (yes, Israel attacked first)”

          Israel threw the first decisive air punch after having idiots move troops and block port access. Cry baby liar.

          “1982 War in Lebanon”

          Innocent freedom fighters terrorized mercilessly.

          “2006 Hezbollah War”

          More attacks against allah’s freedom fighters! Oh no!

          “2008-2009 Gaza Massacre”

          When will it end? When will freedom fighting jihadis finally enjoy the peace of the global caliphate without non-Muslims interfering?

          “2012 Gaza Massacre, Part II”

          I can’t go on. It’s heartbreaking. Bad bad USA. Bad bad Israel. Just look at the list!!! Can you see the list?

          CAN YOU SEE THE LIST?!!?!

        • m4253y

          Firstly, people such as yourself who intentionally revise factually known acts of history to suit their new found convenient truths are fancifully known as historical revisionists. However, for the benefit of a simpleton such as yourself, I will simply refer to you as a liar of convenience. More direct and easier for said simpleton to comprehend.

          Ignorance notwithstanding, war was declared by the muslimes some 1400 years ago when they set out from Arabia to conquer Christian lands as far as they were able to succeed. The inconvenient truth for you is that you either fail to accept historical facts or you are truly ignorant to them to know and understand that muslimes worldwide have been in jihad against anyone, any land and anything non-islamic ever since to this very day.

          As blatantly ignorant as you may wish to be, even you cannot pose a fluid and convenient argument to deny that this islamofascist movement is a worldwide phenomenon backed by vulgar acts of atrocity and sublime acts of overt western infiltration to this very day; all in the name of islam. As objectivefactsmatter so aptly stated, ” Sharia is for everyone, dumbass. That’s what Islam calls for. It’s not a call for everyone to believe, it’s a call to all to submit.”

          So, stop being ignorant for the sake of disagreement simply because you wish to act like a pogrom oriented Nazi.

          Lastly, a revisionist of convenience must learn the definition of the word “war” and the connotation of said word when used in literary form.

          For your educational needs, courtesy of Merriam Webster;

          Full Definition of WAR

          a (1) : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations (2) : a period of such armed conflict (3) : state of war

          b : the art or science of warfare c (1) obsolete : weapons and equipment for war (2) archaic: soldiers armed and equipped for war


          a : a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism

          b : a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end

        • Softly Bob

          Pre-emptive strikes are not the same as starting a war. For example, the Six-Day war: Egypt and Syria had already declared war on Israel. All the other wars were in response to previous attacks or threats, but your peanut brain probably can’t understand that, you disgusting little rat.

    • Manaphy

      Israel is to cowardly to start wars. Netanyahu is just hoping that America, his puppet, will attack Iran while he sits back and laughs at us.

      • ahmad76

        As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, there is no place for Israel

        • m4253y

          As I say, there is no place for muslimes in the west let alone in the Christian lands they have invaded past and present.

          You and your hajii ilk will eventually learn the mistake of your ways in that you continue to push the boundaries within the west in threatening our freedoms, liberties, and individual rights not to mention our Christian morals, principals and values. The people of the west will not stand idly bye as you think they will with open and naive arms forever. The presiding will of political correctness exhibited by the fools of the left like all extremes will be reversed, it always does. When that time comes, be prepared for the backlash against muslimes in North America, it will be relentless. That day will come.

        • defcon 4

          Camel urine, it won’t only cure you of your pathological halitosis, but cure all your antisemitic delusions. Prophet recommended, prophet approved.

        • iluvisrael

          maybe you two Jew envying sissies should get a room


          There is no place for an Islamic Regime of Iran.

          The Islamic Regime will be wiped off the pages of time.

    • m4253y

      Firstly, the USA and Iran are not anywhere close to making peace.

      Secondly, the muslime in chief, resident of the white house , the grand caliphate is simply bargaining as a sunni muslim always does with their islamofascist, shia counterparts when divvying up Christian lands they intend to ransack and pillage bearing the gifts of sharia for everyone and dhimmitude for the rest.

      just like you want it punk, a dhimmi in servitude to hajii masters.

      • Punktil243

        “muslime [sic] in chief,” “grand caliphate,” “sharia for everyone”…wow, the Islamophobia tapes have been looping overtime on this website. Take your meds!

        • objectivefactsmatter

          POTUS is the most powerful Muslim jihadi in the world today.

          The caliph movement might be a joke to you but dismissing it as the creation of Islam-o-phobes marks you as truly ignorant.

          Sharia is for everyone, dumbass. That’s what Islam calls for. It’s not a call for everyone to believe, it’s a call to all to submit.

          • m4253y

            hear, hear!!!

            apt, concise, pointed, and with reason.

            well said.

        • m4253y

          “wow, the Islamophobia (sic) tapes have been looping overtime on this website. Take your meds (sic)!”

          wow, the stupid, disenfranchised, ignoramus, well indoctrinated by the lame stream media has closed eyes to the obvious and consequently refuses to extricate his head from his a$$; hence, the lack of visibility begetting the absence of reason. Get an education!

          (edited…forget the education as it and you are equal in ignorance unfortunately in this day and age. get a life is more apt, at least until some hajii slits your throat and disembowels you for not learning their prayers and for not submitting to their sharia expectations).

          while you are at it, quit trolling and get a job. anyone with a moniker such as punktil is either a prepubescent adolescent sans a clue of anything or a post pubescent, unemployed food stamp, social service, government created LOSER.

        • defcon 4

          Maybe you would be happier in any islam0nazi state then Adolph.

        • defcon 4

          “Islamophobia” a neologism coined by islam0nazis to deflect the fact that their death cult is responsible for most of the misery and death in the 21st century.

    • defcon 4

      “War crimes” is that what you islam0nazis call the actions of the najjis kaffir whenever they defend themselves against your psychopathic death cult?

      • Punktil243

        I’m not a Muslim, moron. Next Hasbara troll!

        • defcon 4

          You’re not a muslime, but you are a moron.

          • Punktil243

            I’m not the one misspelling “Muslim” in some failed attempt to be amusing.

          • Hass

            Hey drop kick. You’ve got rocks in your head defending Muslimes.

        • Drakken

          But you are a muslim sympathizer and supporter.


          Pknk, Please cut the Taqiyya trolling.

          Your Islamofascist pals killing people all over the world brings SHAME to the Religion of Peace.

    • Drakken

      Hey Hunyuk! I think I hear Rachel(st pancake) Corrie calling you, I think she needs some well deserved company.

      • defcon 4

        A double stack!

      • brutus

        like anne frank banging the camp guards


      Punk is another hysterical Koranazi troll.

      Hit the road punk, and don’t you come back no mo’, no mo’, no mo’, no mo’.

  • ahmad76

    As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, there is no place for Israel in the world

    • m4253y

      as i have said, there is NO PLACE for hajii’s in North America.

    • defcon 4

      Bacha Bazi, you enjoyed it as a child, now you can enjoy it as an adult — in Pakistain, Iranistan or Afghanistan.

    • Punktil243

      Hear, hear!

      • defcon 4

        So you enjoy a little bacha bazi too eh Farshad?

    • iluvisrael

      LAN ASTASLEM! and happy eternal nakba accccchhhhhhhmed – ISREAL is here to stay – get used to it.

    • Drakken

      There is no place for islam in the west Period! Deo Volente!

    • Hass

      More like “There’s no place for Islam in this world”.

  • defcon 4

    “Rouhani climbed the political ladder by fulfilling Islamist principles and ideals”. Islam having nothing to do w/democracy and everything to do w/oppression and subjugation, this fact doesn’t fill me w/confidence in the Islamic “republic” of Iran.

  • UCSPanther

    Nothing is more amusing than watching the impotent rage of anti-Israel nutjobs.

  • Icansee4miles

    A good article; but more should be said on Iran’s strategic ambitions and its end game.

    Take a good look at Iran’s creation of the Shia Crescent; Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain (under attack by the Shia Fifth Column) and Iran. Look at the population demographics of the oil fields of the Arabian Gulf; Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, which hold significant populations of Shia Muslims.

    Review the primary tenet of the Shia, which is not to recognize any sovereign authority except that of the Shia religion-and the Head of the Shia is the Grand Ayatollah in Iran.

    Look how their tentacles have extended to spreading their religion in South America,up to Mexico and the very borders of the U.S.A. Hope for the best? Better prepare for the worst.

    When their delaying tactics result in Iran getting its nuke, it will hold a knife to the throat of the Arabian Gulf’s oil producing countries, and the New Islamic Persian Empire will be an existential threat to the entire world.

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  • brutus

    welcome to the world of jewish treason

    • defcon 4

      Welcome to the world of mental illness.