Last week, we dealt with the issue of Iran from the optimistic Iranian point of view. Now we deal with Israel facing the problem of Iran and the consequences of pulling out of Gaza, and we see a whole different outlook. It is the outlook the Children of Israel had when they âraised their eyes and behold! â Egypt was journeying after them, and they were very frightened;â (Exodus 14:10)
It is a state of utter fear and despair.
Yesterdayâs Christian Science Monitor News Online dealt with the extension of Iranian power to the Mediterranean from a different point of view from last weekâs items in the Sunday Telegraph and Scotland on Sunday, referring to the solidifying of Iranâs ties with Syria, and its solidifying its power over Hizb-Allah as a âMideast 'axis' against the West.â
"âThe alliance that is emerging in this part of the world is a creation of Iran,' says Sami Moubayed, a Syrian political analyst. âIt wants to bolster its position by allying itself with countries or groups that can temporarily enhance its regional role and influence.â"
The article quotes Israelâs UN envoy Dan Gillerman, "A dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria, and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority."
This is more the way westerners tend to see Iran. There is no mention of the Twelfth Imam coming out of hiding or of the messianic politics of the Iranian president, Ahmadinejad. The entire article is a strategic analysis of the various Moslem and Arab terrorist groups in the region and their ties with Iran and Syria. The Christian Science Monitor has chosen to eschew any religion in viewing threats to its largely secular readership.
Ari Shavit, who is emerging as a contrarian voice as the semi-official mouthpiece of the government, wrote in Fridayâs Haaretz magazine section that âWe Could Lose the Next War.â His article is an analysis of the views of Knesset member (MK) Yuval Shteinitz (Likud) who is on the sensitive and powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. According to Shavitâs background on Shteinitzâs âhis philosophy of parliamentary activism made the committee industrious and energetic. He forced the defense and security establishments to bow, to some degree, to the superiority of the Knesset.â