Alongside other indicators, Rouhani's election should tell Westerners this system is more resilient than they recognize, unlike the Shah's Iran, Mubarak's Egypt, or Jordan's Hashemite monarchy, the Islamic Republic doesn't operate in service of the United States or any other foreign powers
It has endured decades of U.S.-instigated military, clandestine, and economic pressure, yet still produced better results at alleviating poverty, boosting health and education outcomes, and improving the social status of women than either the Shah's regime or any of its neighbors, including American allies like Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Integrating Islamist governance and participatory politics -- appeals not just in Iran, but to Muslim societies across the region. Iran is the only place where this idea has had sustained, concrete expression, but it is what Middle Eastern Muslims choose every time they are allowed to vote on their political future.
America and its European partners disdain coming to terms with this reality, in Iran and elsewhere. Disingenuous rhetoric notwithstanding, Washington still prefers secular authoritarianism -- as in its support for the Egyptian coup, a naked effort to restore Mubarakism without Mubarak.
The United States works with Saudi Arabia to promote anti-Iranian -- and, in the end, anti-American) takfeeri militants, as in Libya and Syria, witlessly disregarding the inevitably negative consequences for its own security.
American policy systematically undermines prospects for moderate and popularly legitimated political Islamism to emerge in Sunni-majority Arab states.
Several months ago the film “The Gatekeepers” was released to critical acclaim, even receiving an Academy Award nomination. It is based on interviews with all of the living former heads of the Shin Bet regarding pivotal moments in their careers and in the history of Israel. However, it is not these stories that drive the broader narrative of the film
It is the fact that each of these men comes out forcefully in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What most impacts the viewer is not simply their consensus judgment but their rational, unwavering conviction in it.
The Israeli military and security establishment, most notably the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security organization), it isn’t just whispers either. These voices are coming from the top, and are both loud and unequivocal in their urgency.
The absence of true leadership willing to take real actions, instead of making idle statements, has me convinced more and more that this option…is becoming increasingly unrealistic and is no longer feasible”. If Israel continues on this path, he warns, it will soon pass the point of no return, the consequences of which would be incompatible with maintaining a “Jewish state.”
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The removal of the usurper entity is in the interest of the entire Islamic world and the entire Arab world and it is also a national interest for every country in the region. Israel poses a threat to Jordan and its demise is a national Jordanian interest, it poses a threat to Lebanon and Israel's demise is a national Lebanese interest