Daniel Levy, a senior fellow at the New America and Century Foundations, was an adviser in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under Ehud Barak, a negotiator on the Oslo Accords under Yitzhak Rabin and was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva peace initiative.
Writing an op-ed piece on JTA News, "Israel's supporters should push for talks with Iran" says:
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vile statements about the Holocaust and Israel should not be ignored or taken lightly. But the pre-NIE strategy of using coercive diplomacy and military threats was deeply flawed, dangerous and failed to deliver concrete results. It has not stopped Tehran’s pursuit of uranium enrichment, enhanced regional security or tempered Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric.
Now it’s time for Israel and its friends to take the initiative and promote direct, unconditional and comprehensive U.S.-led engagement with Iran.
Three considerations drive this approach: practical, political, and strategic.
On the practical level, the double-pronged tactic of international sanctions and the threat of military action has become even less viable."
Yes, Dick Cheney and Co. sabre-rattling will do nothing for anyone, least of for the people in the Middle East, or anywhere, for that matter.