Why Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Neocons Hate the Iran Deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in his office in Jerusalem on July 14, 2015, after world powers reached a historic nuclear deal with Iran. Here’s the thing to keep in mind about most critics of the Iran nuclear deal that was signed Tuesday morning: Their objections have nothing to do with the details of the deal. The most diehard opponents—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi King Salman, and a boatload of neocons led by the perennial naysayer John Bolton—issued their fusillades against the accord (“an historic mistake,” “diplomatic Waterloo,” to say nothing of the standard charges of “appeasement” from those with no understanding of history) long before they could possibly have browsed its 159 pages of legalese and technical annexes.
Fred Kaplan is the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War and 1959: The Year Everything Changed. What worries these critics most is not that Iran might enrich its uranium into an A-bomb. (If that were the case, why would they so virulently oppose a deal that put off this prospect by more than a decade?) No, what worries them much more deeply is that Iran might rejoin the community of nations, possibly even as a diplomatic (and eventually trading) partner of the United States and Europe.
European leaders, especially Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, and Philip Hammond, Great Britain’s finance minister, have said that the deal holds out hope for the reopening of broad relations with Iran—and that is precisely these critics’ fear. Netanyahu and King Salman believe to war-war is better than to jaw-jaw. The fear is hardly without reason. The lifting of sanctions, which this deal will trigger in the next few years, will certainly enrich Iran. This might embolden the government’s expansionist tendencies and its support of militant movements across the Middle East—or it might moderate the country’s stance, as the population (much of it literate and pro-Western) interacts more with the rest of the world and the reigning mullahs die off. There is some basis for this hope of transformation. How long can the mullahs sustain their cries of “Death to America” and their claims of Western encirclement—the rationale for their oppressive domestic policies—when the country’s president and foreign minister, clearly with the approval of the supreme leader, are shaking hands and signing deals with the Great Satan’s emissaries? Nonetheless, the hope is a gamble, and one can’t blame Israelis for refusing to stake too much on its payoff. The Saudi royal family is another matter. King Salman sees the entire Middle East through the prism of a grand Arab cold war between Sunnis and Shiites—with the Shiites led by Iran and all Shiite movements, for instance the Houthi rebels in Yemen, as nothing more than Iranian proxies. It’s a zero-sum game: American diplomacy with Iran, in this view, amounts to an American betrayal of Saudi Arabia. What Netanyahu and King Salman want Obama to do is to wage war against Iran—or, more to the point, to fight their wars against Iran for them. That is why they so virulently oppose U.S. diplomacy with Iran—because the more we talk with Iran’s leaders, the less likely we are to go to war with them. Their view is the opposite of Winston Churchill’s: They believe to war-war is better than to jaw-jaw.
President Obama needs to be (and clearly is) sensitive to these parochial views of the region and the world, but he shouldn’t (and clearly isn’t) holding American interests hostage to them. Netanyahu is sure to lobby against this deal on Capitol Hill in the coming weeks, just as he lobbied against the negotiations in his dreadful but politically potent speech before Congress in March. Republicans—keen to cheer the Israeli prime minister and to pummel their own president—probably won’t realize that they’re being played as pawns in someone else’s game. Full Story
Read the full story for its interesting as this author broaches subjects many refuse to or are scared to discuss. However, we will fill in a few things that this author did not state. First thing President Bibi is a cry baby and a bully. Secondly, he is one of the most prolific liars of all times. He creates mountains from dust and expects others to believe his nonsense. Thirdly, this dude is living in an illusory world. He has forgotten that times have changed and that a new world order is about to emerge. China and Russia are not going to stand for the same nonsense that the US stood for all these years, and there are signs that the idiots in Congress will finally start to listen to the people who really do not want the U.S.A to be taking on fights on behalf of Israel. As we stated before, it’s like the pot calling the kettle black. Israel has 80-200 nuclear warheads it should not have, and it acquired this mostly by stealing info from the USA. So if there is going to be the nuclear-free Middle East, then cry baby Bibi should take his head out of the sand and clean his house first before pointing fingers. Israeli’s need to elect a leader who understands change is inevitable and not a warmonger like Bibi. For more information on how Israel acquired its nuclear arsenal (which it claims not to have), read the story below
Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Eastern state has built a covert nuclear bomb, using technology and materials provided by friendly powers or stolen by a clandestine network of agents. It is the stuff of pulp thrillers, and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about the Iranian nuclear programme. In reality, though, neither US nor British intelligence believe Tehran has decided to build a bomb, and Iran’s atomic projects are under constant international monitoring. Full Story
Germany Wants Russian Sanctions Lifted To Safeguard Economy And Continue Trade Relationship With Moscow
A German lawmaker wants to lift Russian sanctions. Pictured above, a general view showing the Reichstag building, which seats the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch
The Minsk II ceasefire must be respected by both Russia and Ukraine if sanctions against Moscow are to be lifted, said a German lawmaker on Monday, according to Tass, a pro-Russian news site. While Germany has been a leader in imposing sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict, Berlin has been concerned about the knock-on effect of sanctions on its $105 billion bilateral trade with Russia, which has steadily decreased as sanctions and the falling price of oil take a toll on the Russian economy.
“We in Germany would like the political foundation for the sanctions to go as soon as possible and the sanctions themselves become a thing of the past. But it is clear that for the sanctions to be lifted, the Minsk Accords need to be implemented,” said Bernhard Kaster, chairman of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany faction in the Bundestag — a legislative body in Germany — and head of the Russia-Germany parliamentary group, told journalists in Novosibirsk, Russia. Full Story
The Germans are finally coming to their senses; more Europeans will join the chorus as they understand that the Ukraine crisis was a USA, and EU plot to engage Russia. Russians being the chess masters they are refused to take the bait, and instead embarked upon a path that the neo-con fools in the USA could not envision.
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