Opinion article by Rachel Eliassi Kohan, New York
With the imminent prospect of signing a comprehensive accord between Iran and the P5+1 by the end of June, the pivotal American/Western policy must now inevitably focus on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all. At its heart, this policy requires a most decisive, level-handed and frankly unprecedented American brinkmanship to grant the Palestinians equal dignified sovereignty and security rights based on 1948 and 1967 UN Resolutions, and similar to what the Israelis have justifiably enjoyed for almost 70 years; otherwise, the alternative to declare a one secular unified Nation of fifteen million where one person has one vote, is inextricably unavoidable.
At its underpinning prerequisite however, Israel, who will continue benefiting from her joint defense and protection accords with the U.S., must declare and eliminate its arsenal of nuclear weapon stockpiles, and sign onto NPT protocols and transparent IAEA inspections. Finally, the south-southwest Asia aka the Middle East must be declared a nuclear weapon free zone by reining in other countries as India and Pakistan.
Such efforts will in turn yield 5+1 key positive outcomes in the region that benefit all as follows:
1. It facilitates the educational, employment and enhanced quality of life empowerment and the process of socio-economic and political reforms,
2. It eliminates the fertile grounds of the disenfranchised for the recruitment and terrorist activities of groups as ISIS and alike,
3. It ushers in a new era of economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges among the regional countries and with the U.S./West,
4. It allows the repatriation of millions of exiled or those in diaspora including the people of Jewry to their ancestral homelands,
5. It strengthens a vast regional market that spans from west China, central Asia, Asia Minor and the Balkans. to North Africa, estimated at up to an additional trillion dollars a year,
5+1. And, it once again allows this historical region to regain its dignified stature as it becomes fully integrated with the international community.
About the author: Rachel Eliassi Kohan, born in Iran in a diverse family comprised of the Shiite and Sunni Muslims as well as Baha'i, Jewish, Armenian/Assyrian Christians and Zoroastrian lineage, is a naturalized American Professor who has resided in the U.S. for nearly forty years. As the steward of nature, she has come to believe in and advocate for secular universal humanism, equal [blind] justice and peace for all on earth.
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