Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatib Zadeh told Maariv this week that, “Israel has carried out attacks that were intended to destroy our nuclear program for peaceful purposes. It murdered nuclear scientists and harmed the Iranian people. Iran is accused of terrorism, but there is no good or bad terrorist. The whole crisis in the region is Israel’s fault.”
An interesting perspective, but one that shifts blame from Iran’s blatant refusal to stop its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The international community has repeatedly given Iran’s government opportunities to stop its nuclear development and prove its efforts are only for peaceful purposes. Iran continues to reject peaceful efforts, pressing ahead and blaming Israel for starting a war instead.
The effort was also another excuse to accuse Israel of not signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty, while Iran continues to violate agreements repeatedly in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. However, the blame game is not working, as a growing number of nations are rightly more concerned over Iran’s future plans rather than Israel’s.
Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Bahrain, where he opened the historic first Israeli Embassy in the country. The material signs of goodwill continue to mark the progress following the signing of the Abraham Accords last year. Nations in the Middle East do not want to be drawn into war with Iran. Instead, they are working with Israel and the US to better defend themselves against Iran’s nuclear threat, while joining in the constant battle against Iran-sponsored world terrorism, particularly by supporting Hezbollah and Hamas.
In the recent first meeting between US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the one major area of agreement was opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapons development. Instead of Iran gathering nations together in opposition to Israel, its hostility has led to nations joining together in opposition to Iran’s plans.
Not every nation is willing to step up in direct opposition to Iran, but its friends are few in number when it comes to recent political actions. The Middle East continues to seek ways to isolate Iran from gaining nuclear power, even as its radicals operate through proxy terrorist groups to inflict violence.
Iran may seek to blame Israel for beginning a war, but the facts prove otherwise. Israel is working to prevent nuclear war, something no one but Islamist extremists want to see take place.