All of Mid­dle East threat­ened by Iran

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

While Hezbol­lah, Ha­mas and Fatah are all seek­ing the demise of Is­rael, they should lis­ten to the adage, “Be care­ful of what you wish for” (“Ha­mas will sit out if Is­rael and Iran go to war,” Web, Tues­day).

With­out not­ing the con­se­quences, all three ter­ror groups would like to see Is­rael an­ni­hi­lated by an Ira­nian atomic bomb. But even if Ira­nian mis­sile de­liv­ery is ac­cu­rate and hits within the pre-1967 tem­po­rary armistice lines that de­fined Is­rael be­fore the Six Day War, there would be 1.5 mil­lion Is­raeli Arabs with the same risk as their fel­low coun­try­men, Is­raeli Jews. A bomb that goes a bit off tar­get — or one in­ter­cepted — could have as vic­tims nearly 3 mil­lion mem­bers of Ha­mas and Fatah, as well as Hezbol­lah mem­bers sta­tioned near Is­rael’s borders.

Not only should these Arabs be con­cerned about this, but if Is­rael is suc­cess­ful in its rocket de­fense, Iraq, Jor­dan and even Iran might wind up be­com­ing the un­in­tended vic­tims. Cer­tainly, all should be con­cerned and sup­port the ter­mi­na­tion of the Ira­nian nu­clear-bomb pro­gram aimed at Is­rael. NEL­SON MARANS Sil­ver Spring

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