After nuclear deal with Iran, an intersecting 'Palestine' problem

February 20, 2014 15:04

Any Palestinian state would embolden and strengthen al-Qaida, and certain other terrorist enemies of the United States.

Catherine Ashton and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul, May 15, 2013.

Jalili and Ashton in Istanbul 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

US President Barack Obama, who proudly negotiated a multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran, also favors the creation of a Palestinian state. Yet, any such favored grant of sovereignty to a 23rd Arab state could pose unmanageable security risks for Israel, a close US ally.  For Jerusalem, largely because the administration's recent compact with Iran has no real chance of succeeding, any plausible intersection of Iranian nuclearization with Palestinian statehood could portend a "perfect storm."

To succeed in such plainly urgent strategic matters, absolute candor is required. The Arab/Islamic world uniformly and unambiguously still demands a one-state solution. The one surviving state, according to this demand, would not be Israel.


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