A number of Jewish scholars have written a letter to AIPAC and Prime Minister Olmert, proposing, what I believe, is a very rational and pragmatic, yet practical and peaceful way for reducing tensions in the Middle East. Please read the whole thing, and note the following,
People are driven to war by enemy images that are exaggerated, simplified, one-sided and distorted in predictable ways. Notwithstanding President Ahmadiejad’s provocative statements about Israel and the Holocaust, he is portrayed as far more dangerous than he actually is. He has offended many Iranians, suffered a significant defeat in the last election, and may well be removed from office – unless, of course, we unite his people behind him by attacking their homeland.
Few Americans realize that one million Iranians held a candlelight vigil in Teheran in support of the United States on September 12, 2001. Iran’s leaders subsequently helped us by providing intelligence about Al Qaeda, and in 2003, they approached the U.S. with an offer to improve relations, recognize Israel and the two-state solution, to demilitarize Hezbollah, and to discourage violence against Israel. The offer was spurned by the Bush administration. Still, Ahmadinejad offered peace talks with the US, and Iran’s deputy Oil Minister, Iran’s OPEC representative, offered one billion barrels of oil after Katrina. The Bush administration responds with demonization, humiliation, and refusal.