Jacob--your words make sense to me. Another factor would be alarm in various sectors of Iranian society at Ahmadinejad-style Islamism. I think the problem for Israel (making Abbas/Fatah support seem reasonable) is that a total collapse of Palestinian order into civil war or Hamas-Hezbollan ever-radicalizing hegemony might not be containable. imo it's like being in a storm-tossed rowboat--you do your best to keep balance. You can't make the storm go away and finding humor that the sharks are being hurt is not the whole story.
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