I admit you have a point. But in the long run, realism always wins and Israel and Iran are natural geopolitical allies, maybe more natural allies than Israel and the United States are. Nobody but future Osamas and Zarqawis would benefit from endless Iran-Israel enmity.
Interesting analysis. Historically the Shiite Iranians have fought the Sunni Arabs. Most recently the 1980’s war with Iraq during which Iran suffered over 800,000 casualties. Given the fact that no nuclear armed nation has never been invaded much less lost a conventional war, it is understand able why Iran would want to have or be thought to have nuclear arms. It can be argued that the anti Israel rhetoric was intended to allow them to wear the cloak of Islamic warriors fighting Zionism. This would insulate them from Sunni criticism of their nuclear ambitions. However the Israelis cannot afford to buy into this analysis. Netanyahu, the secular leader and defender of the Jewish people has to take the Iranian threats as real and their possession of nuclear weapons absolutely unacceptable. Netanyahu cannot make the same mistake the German Jewish leadership made in the late twenties and early thirties dealing with Hitler. It will take a lot more than speeches in remote Iranian provinces to convince the Israelis that Iran really means them no harm.
Realism? No, the Twelvers arent realists. The same Ahmadinejad who spouts the taqqiyah in the article also prays hasten the return of the Mahdi . . . so watch what happens once they get a nuke or two.
But in the long run, realism always wins and Israel and Iran are natural geopolitical allies