Iran Poses Clear and Present Danger for Israel

As we have seen in America and in nations all over the world, it is easy to be a politician but it is hard to be a statesman.

A politician is someone who plays the game of governing without the need, ability or desire to lead. They follow, they survive they cajole and they pander. A statesman is someone who leads, a person of principle who envisions, inspires, attempts and accomplishes great things. Statesman do so at great odds and against stiff opposition in many cases.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in his speech before the 2011 United Nations General Assembly in New York and his 2012 AIPAC speech in Washington, D.C. was a statesman. He laid out in great detail and based on fact the challenges, pitfalls, and promise of the Israeli/Palestinian relationship and the looming showdown with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Unlike the U.N. speech of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ,who not once mentioned or acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a legitimate nation state, Netanyahu affirmatively acknowledged the right of a Palestinian State to live side by side with the State of Israel.

While the Palestinian president referred to Israel as an “occupying power,” Israel’s prime minister talked about a pathway to peace that was real and obtainable for Israel and the Palestinian people.

Despite the provocation of the Palestinian leader, the Iranian leader, and many other nation states at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu was principled, yet conciliatory and challenged Abbas to get back to the peace talks while the two leaders are in New York.

The Palestinians' application for recognition as a nation state from the U.N. before entering into a peace agreement with Israel is nothing more than a political stunt.

Today, the Palestinian people have all indicia of a state: They have defined borders, an elected government, a government infrastructure, police force and military, etc. The only thing missing is peace and security within their own borders and an ability to govern their own and live in peace with their neighbors.

The Arab Spring has taken all the attention and focus away from the Palestinians and the conflict with Israel. In order to refocus attention to the “plight of the Palestinians,” Abbas told the world he will demand that the U.N. recognize the sovereignty of the Palestinians' right to admission to the U.N. as a member state.

There is nothing more important to the plight of the Palestinian people than to make peace with Israel. U.N. recognition alone will not bring it. Once a true and lasting peace has been made between Israel and Palestine, then that will be the time for recognition by the world community of Palestine’s right to join the community of nations.

Statehood for any nation must be earned and can never be demanded. Unless and until the Palestinians make a lasting peace with Israel and unless and until the Palestinians are able to govern their own — based upon the principles of international law, norms and human rights — they are not entitled to recognition. 

With regard to Iran, Netanhayu was clear. Iran is a clear and present danger to Israel and the world in their quest for nuclear weapons. The prime minister made it clear that Iran will not get them — and Israel will stop them from doing so. Iran is in full and complete control of their destiny. 

Israel’s very survival in our time requires a statesman to lead it. I believe they have one.

A version of this article originally appeared on Newsmax.

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Bradley Blakeman

Bradley A. Blakeman teaches at Georgetown's Semester in Washington DC program. He most recently was the President of Freedom's Watch a right of center conservative advocacy 501 C4. Prior to founding Freedom's Watch, Mr. Blakeman was a member of President George W. Bush's Senior Staff having served from 2001-2004 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling, Vetting and Research, Correspondence and Surrogate Scheduling. Mr. Blakeman can be seen regularly as a Republican Strategist on FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and Al Jezeera. He also is published regularly in Politico, US News and World Report and Newsmax. Mr. Blakeman played a major role in the 2000 Presidential Election as a Senior Advisor and played a critical role in the Florida Recount a role that landed him a part as a character in the HBO Film "Recount". He has also been an advisor on the ABC TV Drama Series "Commander in Chief". Mr. Blakeman is an Attorney licensed to practice in that State of New York and the District of Columbia and is currently the President & CEO with Kent Strategies LLC, a private corporation dedicated to providing strategic advice as well as crisis management and communications strategies to foreign governments and foreign and domestic corporations. He is also a principal of Manhole Barrier Security Systems Inc., which owns a U.S. Utility Patent on a manhole-locking device that is currently being sold nationwide. Mr. Blakeman has been active in Presidential Politics since 1980. He was appointed to serve as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council during the George H.W. Bush Administration.

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