Jonathan Tobin is absolutely right to dismiss those who argue that Israel forfeited its moral standing by allegedly assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists. Rather, the fact that some argue Israel “started it” shows moral blindness and ignorance of context.
The Islamic Republic has made no secret of its support and direct sponsorship of terrorism in Israel over the years. The Iranian regime sponsored the Karine-A arms shipment, for example, going so far as to dispatch the ship during an Israel-PLO ceasefire.
In Flatow vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran, a case arising out of a terrorist attack which killed an American citizen, the judge set damages based upon Iran’s own budget allocation for “resistance” abroad.
Iran’s role in the establishment of Palestine Islamic Jihad and Lebanese Hezbollah is no secret, nor does Iran try to hide its belief that Khomeini’s appeal for “export of the revolution,” a call enshrined in the Islamic Republic’s founding documents, is military in nature.
Interpol currently has a red notice out for Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s defense minister, for his role in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Some analysts will blame Israel if their next door neighbor sneezes, and others have made clear they seek to exculpate Iran regardless of its actions.
When it comes to the current tit-for-tat, however, there is no doubt as to who is to blame, and when it comes to the silence of those now blaming Israel on all the items listed above and dating back more than three decades, there is no doubt as to their motivation.