[T]he most important point to make about the peace process and Iran is that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement, far from being a diversion from efforts to contain any dangers from Iran, would instead give a boost to those efforts. Given how much Iranian hardliners exploit politically and diplomatically the Israeli occupation and festering Palestinian problem, a peace settlement would take wind out of this Iranian sail and reduce Iranian appeal and influence in the region.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Would Middle East Peace Perturb Iran?
At the Nixon Center's "National Interest" blog, Paul Pillar joins those who urge President Obama to impose a peace between Israel and the Palestinians. For one thing, there's Iran: