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Wikileaks Back Israel's Iran Claims. Sunni Arabs Share the Fear. So Why Don't They Work Together? Well...

Wikileaks Back Israel's Iran Claims. Sunni Arabs Share the Fear. So Why Don't They Work Together? Well...

A news analysis by Yaakov Katz in today’s Jerusalem Post makes the very sensible point that the Wikileaks super-dump evidently vindicates Israel’s arguments that the Iranian nuclear project is everybody’s problem, not just Israel’s.

Progressives and isolationists have been claiming more or less since the Iraq invasion in 2003 that the constant brouhaha over an Iranian threat is just Israel and its neocon friends trying to reprise the Iraq mess by pushing for an attack on Iran that would help nobody but Israel, while leaving the rest of the world in an unwanted mess. The Wikileaks documents indicate that Israel’s fear of Iran is widely shared and that whatever the consequences of a possible military strike, it has wider support than you might think.

Katz writes:

Jordan is also cited at some length as eager to see the Iranian nukes stopped. Katz continues:

One leaked cable, posted from Dubai in 2008, indicated that Iran was using the Red Crescent Society, Iran’s Red Cross, as a cover to smuggle agents and missiles into Lebanon. Israel has frequently been criticized for accusing Palestinian radicals of using ambulances and hospitals as cover for transporting and storing armaments.

Jeffrey Goldberg (not me) has an interesting post on his Atlantic blog today, pointing to the Wikileaks to refute writers—particularly his pal Andrew Sullivan—who have been claiming that a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities is a private fantasy of Israel and the neocons. The cables show Sunni Arab leaders calling for action in terms at least as adamant as Israeli leaders.

Goldberg (again, no relation) takes the point a step further, though. He echoes Sullivan’s “confusion” that Israel hasn’t taken advantage of the Sunni leaders’ shared interest with Israel in stopping Iran to cement a bond with the Sunnis by removing the main irritant, namely the settlements and the larger Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Goldberg writes:

Attentive readers could this confounding, since I have often written and spoken about the ignored Israeli interest in making a deal with the Palestinians in order to open a channel to the Saudis and others, and since Jeffrey Goldberg and I share the same last name and first initial, the Atlantic blog might lead some readers to conclude that we are the same person. We’re not.

Also, Goldberg goes on to make a point that I haven’t made in the past:

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