Should Israel be Allowed to bomb Iran


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  • View of US in the region would get worse is we support Israel
  • Should Israel be Allowed to bomb Iran

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