TITLE

Change Up

AUTHOR(S)
Molavi, Afshin; Sadjadpour, Karim
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;11/10/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 19, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author claims that conservative officials in Iran are considering softening their pro-Palestinian radicalism in hopes of repairing Iran's relations with the West and shoring up Iran's ailing economy. Though the West still thinks of Iran as a cauldron of anti-Israel passion, a new generation of pro-democracy Iranians increasingly speaks out against the government's seeming obsession with the Palestinians. And these youths are finding cohorts in an unlikely quarter: a group of senior conservative officials who are beginning to question the utility of Iran's close ties to anti-Israel groups. In places where young people congregate, Iranians constantly question their government's support for terrorist groups. Reformist newspapers and reformist clerics have begun questioning Iran's hard-line stance on Israel. This disaffection with the Palestinian cause stems in part from many Iranians' frustration with Iran's economic and political problems. They see Iran's moribund economy partly as a result of the country's embrace of international radicalism, which has damaged foreign business ties. Conservatives are realizing that Iran's sinking economy, which will need to find hundreds of thousands of jobs for its young people, desperately needs foreign investment. As a result, despite claims of Islamic and revolutionary solidarity, Tehran quietly favors pragmatism above ideology in its foreign policies. If Iran were to put its anti-Israel stance on the table, what would it expect in return? Most likely, a comprehensive package that would include a security agreement and assurances that Washington would move toward removing sanctions.
ACCESSION #
11264247

 

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