• Ayatollah Openly Opposes Middle East Peace — Encourages Another ‘Solution’

    Surge Summary: Despite the Trump Administration’s and Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s efforts, Iran stands against any genuine peace prospects between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East. The Ayatollah prefers another “solution”.

    by Gary Bauer

    As you know, President Trump recently proposed a bold peace plan that envisions a strong and secure Israel, as well as a free and economically thriving Palestinian state.  While no one in the Middle East wants peace more than Israelis, sadly, there are many who do not want peace with the Jewish state or even a piece of it.

    This week, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed to resist the president’s peace plan and to continue supporting terrorism against the “Zionist entity.”  Khamenei declared:

    “What is the remedy [to the Trump plan]? The remedy is bold resistance. The Palestinian nation, personages and organizations should force out the Zionists and the U.S. with their selfless Jihad.  This is the only effective solution. . .

    “Of course, I believe that the Palestinian armed organizations are going to resist; they will continue the resistance. The solution is resistance. . .

    “We, the system of the Islamic Republic, consider it to be our duty to support the Palestinian resistance groups. We are going to support them, as much as we can and with all the means at our disposal.”

    This is the real obstacle to peace in the Middle East, not homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.  Iran, not Israel, is the source of virtually all the chaos and instability in the Middle East.

    Iran is funding Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.  Iran is propping up Assad in Syria and supporting the militias that are butchering innocent Iraqis.  Iran is backing the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    While I applaud efforts to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians, too often the West has misdirected its focus by asking Israel to make concessions.  But Israel isn’t the problem.

    The Iranian regime is not interested in peace, and it will not allow Palestinians to make peace with Israel.  The ayatollah has repeatedly called for his own “final solution” – a second Holocaust through the “annihilation” of the Jewish state.  And that is why the Trump Administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against the ayatollah’s regime is so vital.

    If the Islamic Republic of Iran ends its state-sponsorship of terrorism and ends its expansionist ambitions, then and only then may there be a real chance for peace in the Middle East.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International; Adapted from: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/55982

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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