MEMRI: Director Of Al-Arabiya’s English Website: Obama Is The Only One Who Fails To Realize The Iranian Danger; Former Egypt IAEA Delegate: Arab Nuclear Weapons Are Crucial To Creating Strategic Balance In Region


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MEMRI Daily: March 4, 2015

 

Special Dispatch No. 5983

Director Of Al-Arabiya’s English Website: Obama Is The Only One Who Fails To Realize The Iranian Danger

In a March 3, 2015 article on Al-Arabiya’s English-language website, the website’s editor, Faisal J. ‘Abbas, wrote that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is right to warn Obama against an agreement with Iran. He remarked that, while it was rare for any reasonable person to agree with Netanyahu on anything, the Israeli PM had “hit the nail on the head” when he said that Middle Eastern countries were collapsing and that terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, were filling in the vacuum. The problem with Iran, he explained, is not just its nuclear ambitions but also its expansionist aspirations, for the sake of which it backs various Shi’ite militias as well as Sunni ones, including Al-Qaeda. Moreover, he said, while in the past Iran carried out its terrorist activities in secret, today it carries them out in the open. For instance, it does not bother to hide the presence of Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani in Syria.

‘Abbas noted that, paradoxically, while fear of Iran is the only thing that Arabs and Israelis agree on, the only one who fails to realize the danger is U.S. President Obama, “who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime,” ‘Ali Khamenei.

The following are excerpts from his article, lightly edited for clarity.

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Faisal J. ‘Abbas (image: English.alarabiya.net)

“In Just A Few Words, Mr. Netanyahu Managed To Accurately Summarize A Clear And Present Danger”

“It is extremely rare for any reasonable person to ever agree with anything Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says or does. However, one must admit, Bibi did get it right, at least when it came to dealing with Iran. The Israeli PM managed to hit the nail right on the head when he said that Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that ‘terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum’ during a recent ceremony held in Tel Aviv…

“In just a few words, Mr. Netanyahu managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other U.S. allies in the region. What is absurd, however, is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together Arabs and Israelis (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayottallah Ali Khamenei (Although, the latter never seems to write back!)”

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Special Dispatch No. 5982

Former Egypt IAEA Delegate: Arab Nuclear Weapons Are Crucial To Creating Strategic Balance In Region

In a November 18, 2014 article in the London-based Arab daily Al-Hayat, Egyptian former MP Dr. Mustafa Al-Fiqi, who was the chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee during the Mubarak era and also served as Egypt’s delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the late 90s, called on Arab countries to launch a major nuclear program in order to restore strategic balance to the region. According to him, Arabs cannot remain besieged by Israeli and Iranian nuclear might, which are like a sword at their necks. Al-Fiqi stressed that in the current age, force is the best way to achieve deterrence, restore rights, and achieve justice, and therefore Arab nuclear power was an inevitable necessity. He added that the U.S., the West, and Israel are attempting to thwart any Arab attempt to develop nuclear weapons, hinting that they were behind the assassination of Arab nuclear scientists in recent years.

It should be mentioned that already in 2002, Al-Fiqi published a series of articles calling on Arabs to attain nuclear weapons to create a strategic balance vis-à-vis Israel.

The following are excerpts from the article:

Force Is The Path To Justice; Nuclear Weapons Will Give The Arab Nation Value And Status

“In recent decades there have been stories and studies regarding the Arabs’ nuclear capabilities and their future chances in light of the current regional and international situation. I am among those who believe that nuclear capabilities are not just a deterrent but also an expression of patriotism and of the homeland’s international prestige…

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Dr. Mustafa Al-Fiqi

“First, the might of nations and peoples is measured by their ability to defend themselves and preserve their national security and supreme interests. All this is not possible without recognized and known military capabilities, since we live in a world where justice and rights are only attained by the logic of force, whether by using it or by threatening to use it. There are so many just causes where the aggrieved side cannot find redress because the other side usurps, rampages, occupies land, and tramples holy sites in the full sight of the entire world, while ignoring [international] legitimacy, simply because it can and because it is far from deterrence and safe from punishment. I am certainly not calling to transform countries into weapons depots… but [only] warning against foregoing rights or underestimating [the importance] of obtaining force, since this is the way to attain rights and realize justice.

“Therefore, I am not surprised by the repeated claims by Arab writer Jihad Al-Khazen [former editor and current columnist for Al-Hayat] that it is important for some Arab countries to launch a large-scale nuclear program, because it is time to do so in light of the Israeli nuclear arsenal, which includes over 200 nuclear warheads… We [repeatedly] raise this issue because we believe that nuclear weapons – regardless of the risks, cost, and difficulties they entail – will give the [Arab] nation value and status at a time when it is facing unprecedented foreign and domestic threats.

“Second, use of peaceful nuclear energy – from producing electricity, to desalinating sea water, as well as dozens of [other] vital activities that are crucial to modern societies – has become a need that cannot be ignored… The difference between peaceful nuclear energy and the manufacture of nuclear weapons is no longer great. Nuclear technology is within almost everyone’s reach and is no longer a secret reserved solely for members of the nuclear club. During my work over the years as Egypt’s delegate to the IAEA, I discovered that technological applications derived from this energy are infinitely more numerous than strategic or military ones. Therefore, the Western ban on nuclear programs is nothing but a ban on progress and development, and on the opening of promising new horizons for the future in very many countries that suffer from energy shortages…”

The Purpose Of Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Military; Arab Nuclear Weapons Will Be A Nightmare For The West And Israel

“We have all followed the developments in Iran’s nuclear dossier and their transition to the stage of uranium enrichment and nuclear fuel production. I am among those who believe that Iran’s goal is first and foremost military-strategic, and it is hard to forbid Iran from pursuing it when the West has enabled the existence of a nuclear arsenal in ‘Israel.’ The Arabs cannot be like beggars at the table of nasty skinflints, besieged by two nuclear programs that constitute a deterrent, even in terms of morale, and which are like a sword held to the neck of the [Arabs’] future.”

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