Thursday, December 15, 2005

What goals is Ahmadinejad after by his anti-Israeli remarks?

Kash Kheirkhah

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel today are the third time since his June election that he has picked on Israel. In October, he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Last week in Saudi Arabia, he expressed doubt on whether the Holocaust took place and suggested Europe make land for a Jewish state if it felt guilty about it. This morning he went a step further, calling the Nazi Holocaust a "myth" used as a pretext for carving out a Jewish state in the heart of the Muslim world and once again asked Israel to be moved--this time-- to a place as far away as Alaska.

What goal is Ahmadinejad pursuing with such unfortunate, hate-mongering remarks?

Well, in my opinion, Ahmadinejad's strategy is three-fold:

First, Islamic republic of Iran has been feeding on regional and international crises for the past 27 years to survive. Without a crisis of international dimensions, there would be no hypothetical enemy for the Islamic government authorities to pin Iran's each and every single social, economic and political problem on and what easier target than Israel for a regime desperate to create a new full-fledged crisis in the Middle East?

Second, one of Iran's most important official policy lines for the past 27 years has been derailing the Middle East peace process. The recent unprecedented progress between Israelis and the Palestinians has certainly alarmed Iran. By questioning Israelis' right of existence and calling Holocaust-- one of the most sensitive and serious topics for Jews-- "a myth", Ahmadinejad is trying to affect the outcome of Israel's upcoming election. He very well knows that by scaring the Israeli public, he'll raise the winning chances of Likud hardliners who are opposed to the current peace deals with Palestinians.

Last but not least, Ahmadinejad's ultimate goal goes well beyond the above-mentioned reasons . In light of Iran's pursuit of nuclear technology, Ahmadinejad hopes his comments can trigger an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities similar to the one on Osirak in Iraq in 1981. Such an incident will play perfectly into his hands because first, it'll allow Iran to activate all Iranian-backed sleeper cells in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories and declare a"Jihad" on Israel for a justifiable cause and second, it'll create a crisis of un-precedented magnitude that, according to Ahmadinejad's now famous religious ideology, will set the stage for the re-appearance of Shiites' 12th Imam.

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