April 27, 2015

ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL EXPANSIONS...:

Broaden the Talks With Iran (MOHAMMAD ALI SHABANIAPRIL 27, 2015, NY Times)

If the West wants Iran to be part of the solution to the crises in the Middle East, it needs to engage with Iran directly. Dialogue has so far been restricted to the nuclear issue. But recent progress in the talks -- amid worsening regional turmoil -- makes failure to reciprocate Iran's outreach a missed opportunity.

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has made clear that Iran is willing to talk about issues "far beyond nuclear negotiations." His words are not the isolated wishes of a Western-educated moderate. The Iranian leadership, including the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is behind him.

Iran's regional policy is less about gaining allies than it is about depriving rival powers of anti-Iranian allies. This dynamic opens space for mutually beneficial engagement. The question is how to proceed in a manner that reduces conflict, rather than exacerbating it.


...would be for Iran to recognize the legitimacy of Israel in exchange for Israel recognizing the nation of Palestine.

Posted by at April 27, 2015 7:57 PM
  

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