Who Is Real Hostage: US or Israel?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Abolqasem Qasemzadeh
Expert on International & Middle East Issues

The US Secretary of State [John Kerry] appeared before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs last week to urge the senators to postpone the final approval of an anti-Iranian bill. The bill had been adopted a few months earlier by the US Congress for the imposition of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The bill needs final endorsement of the Senate in order to be signed into law by President Barack Obama and Kerry has asked the lawmakers in the Senate to postpone final ratification of the bill for a period of six months.

Israel and the pro-Israeli lobby in Washington have been trying to convince the US Congress and president that the bill, which has been already taken up by the US House of Representatives, should be ratified by the Senate as well. Then Obama, as they have proposed, could postpone final endorsement of the bill for a period of six months. During recent nuclear talks [between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers] in the Swiss city of Geneva, the US secretary of state promised that no new sanctions bill will be passed against Iran within the next six months until the final path of the agreement is set out clearly. He also noted that even the sanctions that are currently in place will be gradually phased out as the implementation of the Geneva agreements gets under way. The European Union, on the other hand, is willing for the implementation of the new agreements to be facilitated so that relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran could be returned to normal level as soon as possible. In addition, a great number of Western companies that are active in such areas as trade, oil and industries have already started negotiations and dialog with Iran for the reestablishment of trade relations with the Islamic Republic.

The [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is bent on making any form of agreement between Iran and the West crash, and has did his best to prevent negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 – the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China – from bearing fruit. However, he has so far failed in his efforts and has been practically isolated. Since the recent Geneva agreement has been signed to the detriment of Israel, Netanyahu has chosen a new tactic. Through the new tactic, Netanyahu has been pursuing two practical goals. Firstly, he wants to obstruct normal talks that would follow the Geneva meeting and replace the relative calm that has been established on Iran's nuclear issue with distress and confusion. Secondly, he aims to take the existing conflicts between Tehran and Washington to such a high level that in practice, any kind of new move toward further negotiations and agreement will be doomed to failure from the very onset. Israel lives by creating crises and if the intensity of the existing crises in the Middle East decreases, Israel will have more problems to deal with. Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia’s petrodollars are currently in the service of the pro-Israeli lobby in New York and Washington and are used to ceaselessly generate political and propaganda currents around the main theme of ‘Iranophobia’.

Following the recent meeting [between Iran and the P5+1] in Geneva, two major political waves have been sweeping through the United States and Europe. The first wave welcomes the success of the negotiations in Geneva and puts renewed emphasis on the need to find a diplomatic resolution to Iran's nuclear issue in order to pave the way for the establishment of bilateral and multilateral relations with Iran. This wave is supported by ordinary people, investors, trade and industrial companies, the majority of Western intellectuals and academics, as well as politicians in most Western parliaments and inside the Western governments. The second wave is being controlled by Israel and its powerful lobby in Europe and the United States, whose main goal is the promotion of Iranophobia and convincing the Western countries that the Islamic Republic of Iran should not be trusted in any way. A certain part of the Saudi Arabian government officials is also trying to help and manage this negative, anti-Iran wave and have been spending their country’s petrodollars to this end. Instead of aiming at reducing the existing differences, this second wave is actually seeking to create new conflicts while intensifying the existing ones. Its main goal is to defuse the agreements reached through Geneva talks so that sanctions against Iran will culminate in all-out economic embargo against the Islamic Republic and the focus of the international public opinion would be turned toward a possible war.

Both the US President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State [John Kerry] are well aware that Netanyahu’s extremist efforts to stop all kinds of dialog with Iran have been already defeated. At present, most political and media circles in the West are incessantly taking about the growing differences between Obama and Netanyahu. On the other hand, Obama does not want his administration to be known as an anti-Israeli administration. This is why following the agreement with Iran in Geneva he sent a message noting that the Geneva deal will beef up security of Israel and further stabilize its position in the Middle East. However, in order to take some energy out of the second, anti-Iran wave that Netanyahu has generated following the Geneva meeting and which aims to thwart the achievements of that meeting, the US president went as far as reiterating that he is still keeping both diplomatic and military options on the table! This comes as most Western politicians have already admitted that the process that began in Geneva will continue. They have warned that creating more crises against the Islamic Republic of Iran may backfire while being against the interests of the Western states and will cause them suffer heavy costs. One thing is for sure: both these political waves will continue to keep the international political scene busy for the next six months.

On the other hand, Netanyahu has been ignoring all norms of international law by going on with his policy of building more Jewish settler units on the occupied Palestinian territories. Therefore, he needs to somehow divert the international public opinion from this issue and change its focus from the crisis that exists between Israelis and Palestinians to the fictitious ‘Iranophobic’ ideas. Now, a powerful political and propaganda wave should be created (by anti-Israel forces) in order to prevent Tel Aviv from going on with its ominous and inhumane policy (of building new settlements). This policy has so far pushed many Palestinians families from their villages and towns in the occupied West Bank and aims to consolidate the occupation of the Palestinian territories. In doing so, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement, the United Nations, as well as many other international legal and political bodies should be informed of the new plans made by Netanyahu. In this way, Netanyahu’s diversion tactic will be thwarted and the human crisis that has been created by the prime minister of Israel will come into the light. In the meantime, the world should be made understand that by putting unnecessary emphasis on its ‘Iranophobia’ tactic, Israel is, in fact, trying to continue its inhumane policy against the people of Palestine.

Key Words: US, Israel, Real Hostage, John Kerry, US Senate, Anti-Iranian Bill, US Congress, Barack Obama, Pro-Israeli Lobby, P5+1 Group, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranophobia, Geneva Deal, Qasemzadeh

Source: Ettelaat Newspaper
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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