'Bushehr-for-Yitzhar' Untrue

Zalman Shoval calls report that Obama administration made action on Iran conditional on Israel’s razing of communities in Yesha 'delusional' .

Gil Ronen ,

Police vs. youth near Yitzhar
Police vs. youth near Yitzhar
Israel News Photo: (Flash 90)

A report published on Thursday that U.S. action on Iran was conditional on Israel’s uprooting of Yesha (Judea and Samaria) communities is “apparently a delusional rumor with no connection to reality,” according to former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Zalman Shoval, who vehemently denied the report on Friday morning.

According to the report published in the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot, top officials in the Obama administration have been discussing a formula they have dubbed “Bushehr for Yitzhar” – a reference to the Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr and the community of Yitzhar in Samaria. The idea behind the slogan is supposedly that if Israel wants the U.S. to help it manage the Iranian nuclear threat, it needs to tear down its Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

 “I do not for a moment believe that someone in the U.S. came up with a formula like that," said Shoval, who ran for the Knesset on the Likud list during the last election, but didn't make it into the legislature. "After all, the Iranian threat is not just a threat on Israel but also on America and its European [allies], so that one cannot link between settlements and Iran. One could almost think that if Israel does not tear down Yitzhar, Iran will not be a threat on the Western countries and the U.S.”

Shoval hinted that an Israeli might have concocted the story: “There are all sorts of opinionated people, in Israel as well, who rush to blame the Yesha communities for anything that happens in the world,” he said. “I just heard of an Israeli director who is directing the play Samson and Delilah abroad and presents the Israelis as evil and the Palestinians as saints,” he added.