Should Israel be Allowed to bomb IranPresentation 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
High oil prices have given Iran a big name in the international economy
American supported Shah was replaced with an Islamist theory by mass revolution in 1979
1995: Clinton administration passed economic sanctions bill including a ban on US exports to Iran.
Europe did not support sanctions
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.
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?
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
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.
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”