Trusting Iran to stop terrorism is like inviting an arsonist to join the fire brigade

Dore Gold is Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THE TELEGRAPH
by Dore Gold
July 10, 2015

Iran remains one of the world’s most prolific sponsors of terrorism. How can we expect it to stop once they have a nuclear deal?

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times which sets forward a distinct sequence for ostensibly resolving the daunting security challenges of the Middle East. First, the P5+1 – the group of powerful nations negotiating with Iran – should come to a deal over its nuclear program. As a result, he argues, Tehran will “open new horizons” and join “the international battle” against “the increasingly brutal extremism that is engulfing the Middle East.” The idea that Iran is a partner in the fight against terrorism is not only disingenuous but also absurd. What Zarif is seeking is a leap of faith by his Western readers, who are asked to believe that a country which has been repeatedly identified as the largest state supporter of terrorism in the world will suddenly be altered by an agreement over its nuclear program into an ally against terrorism. READ MORE

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