Quds Day protests foreshadow difficult Mideast peace process

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders began their first direct peace talks in nearly two years, the usual cast of provocateurs immediately set out to protest the negotiations. The Iranian government, Hamas, and Hezbollah respectively ratcheted up their own rhetoric in an attempt to inflame anti-Israel sentiments and further undermine the tenuous peace process.

While not surprising, such provocations should remind the world community of the ruinous potential posed by the prospect of a nuclear-emboldened Iran; both to the specter of a viable peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians and more broadly to stability within the region.

Quds Day, launched in 1979 by the Ayatollah Khomeini, has since been a day of solidarity among those sympathetic to Palestinian struggles against Israel. In practice, it has been defined by protests and hostility leveled toward Israel and her inhabitants. As thousands gathered across myriad locations this past Friday to denounce Israel, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the occasion to call on Palestinians to continue their armed conflict against Israel.

“Palestine’s issue cannot be resolved through talks with the enemies of the Palestinian nation. Resisting is the only way to rescue the Palestinians,” exhorted Ahmadinejad to a throng of worshipers at Tehran University.

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