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The Iranian Threat - Part 1

Israel, Channel 10

By Nadav Eyal and Tal Rimon

Iran wants a nuclear capacity – it should be said clearly – first off, not only because of Israel, and also not primarily because of Israel.


Translated by Viktoria Lymar

Edited by Steven Stenzler


October 2012



On the Iranian motivation to reach nuclear capability, the complex history between the Islamic Republic and the State of Israel, and what the Iranians are going to do with the bomb – if and when they get it... In a new series of four parts, Israeli Channel 10 foreign news editor Nadav Eyal explains what stands behind Iran’s nuclear threat – why does Iran want the nuke so badly?


This series will endeavor to deal with the reasons, with the effects that lead Iran to the nuclear weapons; not only with the nuclear program, the threat of an Israeli attack – the things we hear every day in the news – but also with the motives behind these phenomena which at the moment dictate the happenings not only in Israel, but in the whole world.

So why does Iran want a nuclear capability? Iran wants a nuclear capacity – it should be said clearly – first off, not only because of Israel, and also not primarily because of Israel. Iran is a Shiite country, it views itself as the only Shiite country in the world – despite that this is not completely true: today, there is a Shiite majority in Iraq, there’s a very strong Shiite force we naturally know about, in Lebanon – called Hezbollah. But Iran sees itself as a motherland of the Shiites, as a Shiite Republic, and as such, also as a country that is non-Arab – the Iranians are not Arabs: they speak Farsi, they come from a different civilization – it sees itself as someone standing against the entire Arab world.

The Arabs – the Sunnis – belong to an entirely different group in Islam, they also speak a different language, and they also have different goals; and the Shiites, eternally oppressed by the Sunnis, always perceiving themselves as those who have been deprived, those who have been exploited by the Sunni majority, want to allow themselves a nuclear bomb – the ultimate weapon that would protect the regime from the ambitions of regional expansion and the regional influence of large, strong and important countries, such as Saudi Arabia, or maybe one day even Iraq (despite in truth, over the last years, the Iranians in fact are those to run Iraq in one way or another).

The true essence of the Iranian effort to obtain a nuclear bomb is this one: geostrategically, Iran views itself as a Shiite, Persian island in an Arab, Sunni sea. But there are other things as well. And it’s the revolutionary regime. By its nature, the Islamist regime sees itself as threatened – threatened by both the Western world and the surrounding Arab space, – but mainly by the Western world. And the experience of North Korea has yielded to the Iranian regime one simple conclusion – which is that a nuclear bomb is the best insurance policy against an attempt to overthrow and change the regime.

How can one know that? Looking at the countries that have [nukes], that managed to acquire a nuclear bomb, whether we’re talking the fifties-sixties – the Communist countries, or talking the last years, indeed – countries like Pakistan or North Korea. Nobody wants to mess with them – no one; basically, this is the bottom line: nobody wants to mess with a country that possesses a nuclear weapon. This is an insurance policy not only against an external change to be forced on Iran – for example, through an invasion, or war, or struggle with the West.

This may also be an insurance policy against domestic change by elements within the Iranian society that would no longer want the revolutionary regime. Here, the revolutionary regime holds a doomsday weapon, and no one comes up to mess with it – for it’s not only that it has this weapon, but it is also equipped with an ideology which could be explicitly called a sort of religious fanaticism, religious fundamentalism, without a doubt – and this fundamentalism could drive it to using it for real.

These are the central reasons for which the Iranians want a nuclear bomb, – and also, in order to balance the big geostrategic power of Israel – the region’s only nuclear power, according to foreign sources.


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Video credit: Channel 10


The series ‘Why Iran Needs Nuke?’ has been originally created for cellular phones and Channel 10 application in the end of September 2012


See also: The Iranian Threat - Part 2

                              The Iranian Threat - Part 3