Sixty-seven years: that's how long its been since the British Mandate expired and Israel was born in its place. Israel warmly welcomed it but the Arabs living there at the time coldly rejected it and launched a bloody war with Israel. Since then, there's been a near continuous and universal hatred towards Israel and Jews amongst the Palestinians. But why? Since Israel isn't responsible for their hardships and most certainly doesn't oppress them, why would the Palestinians continue to hold such resentment towards the Jewish State? Unfortunately, a religious hatred of Israel is rooted deep into the Palestinian ideology and the flame of hatred has been passed on to the younger generations; the result of this has been seemingly endless conflict.
The Palestinian education system is without a doubt the biggest reason for the young generation's hatred of Israel. From the moment they get of age and start grade school, they're taught day in and day out that Israel is a bloodthirsty oppressor that kills their brothers and sisters and uses their blood to make matzot for Pesach. If you think the buck stops there, think again! At home, children watch cartoons which openly encourages them to kill and attack Jews. The number of videos of Palestinian children's cartoons preaching hatred is enough to make you vomit. The indoctrination doesn't take a break during the summer either. It would be quite an understatement to say that the Palestinian version of a summer camp isn't exactly the kind of place you'd want to send your kids for a summer of fun. When the cherubic little children grow up and develop the ability to make their own decisions, the results of years upon years of brainwashing boil to the surface, often resulting in an explosive ending. These children never get the chance to live their childhoods as they're meant to be. It's stolen from them and replaced with a religiously fueled hatred against Israel. It's not just children who're being spoon-fed hatred. It was almost casual for Yasser Arafat to concoct stomach-churning libel and lie about atrocities being committed by the State of Israel. It's almost difficult to blame young Palestinians for their terrorist actions, as they're brainwashed and practically programmed to be hate machines.
Don't be fooled into thinking that the current Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is the moderate, pro-peace dove that he pretends to be either. Calling Abbas a moderate compared to his predecessor Yasser Arafat would be like calling current Syrian president Bashar Al Assad moderate compared to his father, Hafez. Instead of openly calling for the obliteration of Israel and slaughter of the Jews, he merely calls on his people to resist against Israel. Either way, I don't think he'll be worthy of a Nobel Peace prize anytime in the foreseeable future. Let's remember that Abbas's government controls Palestinian media, which means he most certainly will find it difficult to claim ignorance about the ever so wonderful children cartoons. He regularly calls on Palestinians to resist against Israel by "all means necessary," and he has been found many times to have fabricated atrocities to enrage the Palestinian population and riot against Israeli security forces. Nazi Germany's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels realized the power that indoctrination holds, saying, "If you repeat a lie a thousand times, it becomes truth." Given Abbas's long rap sheet of incitement, it seems that he has learned from the best.
It's genuinely hard to utter the words "peace isn't possible." But under these circumstances, it'd be a lie to say otherwise. A one-sided peace is a fake peace. You can't force it on the Palestinians if they don't want it. To this day, the Palestinians refuse to even recognize Israel's right to exist and their maps don't even show Israel. An agreement will be nothing more than a worthless piece of paper if the Palestinian people themselves are unwilling to accept it. Israel has tried again and again to make peace, but it can only do so much. Israel cannot force the Palestinians to put down their weapons and embrace the light of peace. As difficult as it might be to face it, the reality has remained constant. The Palestinians to this day haven't given up the path of terror and violence against Israel. Until the Palestinians begin to teach their children the path of peace and love rather than violence and hatred, a lasting peace in the region will forever be little more than a figment of the imagination. But hey, it never hurts to dream!
We've all heard the arguments against the deal. About how when it goes into effect "this and that" could happen. The agreement that the P5+1 struck with Iran would be laughable if it weren't so miserably inadequate in fulfilling its goal of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. At this point, it's pretty much all said and done. Congress failed to stop it and the president is bound to implement it as soon as he can. What would the world look like when the deal inevitably happens and what would happen say, ten years down the line when the deal expires? The future looks extremely grim, and here's why.
Here's the best case scenario: Let's say that Iran is too stupid to figure out one of the countless ways they could cheat this deal and instead they take the long path of waiting ten years for the deal to expire before going nuclear. During these ten years, Iran's economy will boom from oil sales as the crippling sanctions targeting their oil sales which brought them to the negotiation table to begin with will be lifted. Iran will use this money, plus the one hundred and fifty billion dollars worth of frozen assets that they receive under this deal to substantially bolster their military capabilities. Iran will become a regional superpower that no country unwilling to risk catastrophic damage and casualties would dare attack. Iran will build a military umbrella for itself that will ensure when they do inevitably decide to go nuclear, they can do so without consequence or fear of foreign attack.
As frightening as it sounds, Iran strengthening its military is the smallest of the dangers that the world would face in the days after this agreement. For decades, Iran has been the number one state sponsor of global Islamic terrorism. Wherever there's conflict, you can bet your bottom dollar that Iran's hands are all over it. It actively arms and supports Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. It provides assistance to Islamist rebels in Yemen. Iran was personally responsible for the killing and maiming of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq when it built explosives for AQI to use against American forces. Since the deal does absolutely nothing to curb Iran's support of terrorism, they will have the resources and full legitimacy to do so. No one and no country in the world would be safe from Iranian-sponsored terrorism within a matter of months after this agreement gets signed into law.
So that is the best situation that could result from this nuclear deal. If that doesn't sound scary enough to you, here's the worst case scenario: Iran uses the sanctions relief and its frozen assets and simply develops a nuclear weapon in secret. In regard to the current provisions on inspections, their ability to do so couldn't be easier. They not only have the right to turn international inspectors away for three weeks from its non-military facilities, but these inspectors aren't even allowed in any of the facilities in which Iran is suspected of nuclear weapons development. The inspections of these facilities will be carried out by none other than... You guessed it! The Islamic Republic of Iran! Under this satirical inspections policy, Iran can easily cheat the international community and use the sanctions relief to exponentially speed up enrichment and the path to the bomb: a path which has only one radioactive and explosive ending.
Trusting the Iranian Mullahs to honestly uphold an agreement like this is downright naive. These are the same mullahs who give copious amounts to fund and arm a global network of terrorism spanning from Lebanon and Iraq to Argentina and even right at home here in America. They have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands and work ever so diligently towards their goal of regional domination and destabilization of the West. Contrary to what the airheads at the UNHRC will tell you, Iran is one of the worst violators of human rights in the world. Second only to China in number of executions and continues to brutally oppress political opposition and the free press. Their actions couldn't prove any more conclusive the fact that Iran is a deceitful, dishonest, and imperialistic regime with only one true goal: To destroy Western civilization and dominate wherever and whenever it can.
"But what better alternatives could there possibly be?" you might ask. If we scrap this deal, won't we be left with no choice but to engage Iran through a military confrontation? Despite what the Obama Administration would like you to believe, there's zero legitimacy to the blasphemous claim that the only alternative to this deal is war. It's little more than a way for the left to slander opponents of the deal as hate-filled warmongers. Here's a dose of facts: It was the crippling sanctions that brought Iran to the table to begin with. Iran must be presented with a choice. It can either have a nuclear weapon or it can have a thriving economy. War is a last resort and should never be considered until all other options have failed.
My name is Benjamin Jaffe. I was born and raised in South Florida and plan on majoring in political science at Hebrew University in Israel.