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

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

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February 20, 2014 15:04
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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