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What Iran’s Jews Say

Posted by alanmirs on March 28, 2009

Op-Ed Columnist

What Iran’s Jews Say

Published: February 22, 2009

Esfahan, Iran

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Roger Cohen

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At Palestine Square, opposite a mosque called Al-Aqsa, is a synagogue where Jews of this ancient city gather at dawn. Over the entrance is a banner saying: “Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution from the Jewish community of Esfahan.”

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Another view on Iran

Posted by alanmirs on March 28, 2009

Another view on Iran

The Jerusalem Post’s editorial raising the specter "what if Iran gets the bomb?" ( World/Nation Views, March 2) is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Israel has been hocking the United States to attack Iran for years. Fortunately, we have refused to do so; bully for us. Let us not forget, however, that it was Israel that conducted a preventive strike against Iraq’s alleged nuclear site in 1981, and that it surreptitiously carried out its own nuclear program, a charge they now level against Iran. Has Iran attacked any nation? Is Iran an occupying state? Does Iran closet people within its borders, denying them freedom of access? Has Iran built a wall to keep a people out? Has Iran carved up a Bantustan-like territory or settlements as punishments against its minorities? I am not aware of it.

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Cohen: From Tehran to Tel Aviv

Posted by alanmirs on March 28, 2009

From Tehran to Tel Aviv

NEW YORK: With his bold message to Iran’s leaders, President Obama achieved four things essential to any rapprochement.

He abandoned regime change as an American goal. He shelved the so-called military option. He buried a carrot-and-stick approach viewed with contempt by Iranians as fit only for donkeys. And he placed Iran’s nuclear program within "the full range of issues before us."

By doing so, Obama made it almost inevitable that one of the defining strategic issues of his presidency will be a painful but necessary redefinition of America’s relations with Israel as differences over Iran sharpen. I will return to that below.

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