It's All About Iran

There's no doubt that Israel faces substantial security challenges that are driven by something larger than a sincere desire to secure justice for the people of Palestine. That said, I'm constantly astounded by the lengths to which some commentators will go to deny the fact that the Palestinian issue has anything at all to do with the situation. According to Yossi Klein Halevi, for example, everything that's happened in Israel since 2000 is all part of one vast Iranian conspiracy and everything else is just some kind of fig leaf or distraction. It's as if Israeli occupation of Palestinian land has nothing to do with existence of Palestinian nationalist groups for Iran to support -- like the Mullahs put all those Palestinians there in order to inconvenience the Israelis.