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Should Israel be Allowed to bomb Iran Should Israel be Allowed to bomb Iran Presentation Transcript

  • By: Amina Kader
  • Brief US-Israeli relationship
    • World War II
      • US support of a Jewish state came when survivors of Holocaust had nowhere to go
    • Fear of Soviet expansion in the Middle East; growth of democracy
    • lobbyists in DC - aide to military
  • Brief US-Iran relationship
    • Oil
          • High oil prices have given Iran a big name in the international economy
    • Shah; Revolution
          • American supported Shah was replaced with an Islamist theory by mass revolution in 1979
    • Sanctions
          • 1995: Clinton administration passed economic sanctions bill including a ban on US exports to Iran.
          • Europe did not support sanctions
    • Post 9/11
          • Iran supported US invasion of Afghanistan
          • Also proposed “peace talks”; US denied offer
          • President Bush (“W”) labeled Iran as part of “Axis of Evil” countries.
  • Israel-Iran relationship
    • Before 1979 revolution, both nations were cooperating; high trade
    • After the emergence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Khomeini cut off all ties with Israel.
    • Struggle to be superpower of region
    • 2006: Iran restarted uranium enrichment programs
  • Why does Israel want to bomb Iran?
    • Nuclear weapons
          • Right now, Israel is the only nation in the region who is known to have nuclear weapons, therefore giving it a superiority within the region
    • Superpower struggle
          • If Iran also obtains the nuclear weapons, the race for being the superpower of the region will gain more momentum
  • Yes, the US should allow Israel
    • Iran’s president has stated many times that Israel should be “wiped off the map”
      • Stop them before they do something to Israel
    • US-Iranian relations are not at their best; if Iran obtains nuclear weapons then there is a threat to US safety
  • No, the US should not allow Israel
    • Nuclear arms race
          • “ anything you can do, I can do better”
    • US does not have a great image in the Middle East; supporting Israel would make it worse.
          • US intervention is already frowned upon in the region
  • Let them do what they want
    • The United States should not offer any influence in the conflict.
        • The two actors involved should figure things out on their own terms
        • The view of the US may change for the better; not supporting Israel may change the citizens view of the US.
  • Decisions, decisions
    • No; possibility of nuclear war between other international actors
      • US supports Israel; Syria and Russia support Iran
    • US does not have incentive to push this; no proof that Iran actually has nuclear weapons.
      • According to the United States National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) “ we do not know whether (Iran) currently intends to develop nuclear weapons”….” with moderate confidence that Tehran had not restarted its nuclear weapons program”