Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:46PM GMT
By Ismail Salami
While fumes of suspicion still linger in the air in the wake of the deal sealed between Iran and the six powers as to how realistically and objectively the western powers would abide by the agreement, there is at least one regime which is not manifestly pleased at all with the deal: Israel.
Soon after the deal was reached, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an unheard-of and razor-sharp harangue to Washington and cauterized the deal as a ‘historic mistake’, vowing that he would do everything in his power to derail the deal.
Bibi’s hysteric mistake was rapidly blasted by Israeli Labor party chairman MK Yitzchak Herzog who believed Bibi was “creating unnecessary panic about the deal that was reached with Iran about its nuclear program.”
In an interview on Channel 10’s morning show, Herzog also said Bibi was “seriously hurting Israel’s relationship with the United States.”
“It’s just an interim agreement, judgment day has not come yet,” he said, adding, “[Netanyahu] took the right step when he put the Iranian issue on the global map, but now he is just spoiling the dish. I think it creates unnecessary panic. This is not doomsday, it has not yet arrived.”
“This stage of the agreement requires intimacy between President Obama and the Prime Minister and instead we have an exchange of blows. This creates a total lack of confidence and that’s what led to the fact that no one listened to Netanyahu on this issue,” Herzog said.
On Sunday, Netanyahu reportedly threatened US President Obama during a phone call and “made it clear to the most powerful man on Earth that if he intends to stay the most powerful man on Earth, it’s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan.”
Conversely, the content of the dialogue between the two was reported differently by US media and Washington. The White House described the phone call blandly and said the two leaders “reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon” and that they agreed to “stay in close contact on this issue.”
The fact is that the Islamic Republic has never sought to build nuclear weapons and will never do so as it runs counter to the very principles it has been built upon. Further to that, the Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the production and proliferation of nuclear weapons. And any act contrary to that is an unpardonable sin. As for the deal, it can be viewed as a good sign that Iran was sincere in words and deeds.
What seems to be a gargantuan paradox here is that the West does not seem to be in the least worried about the multitudinous nuclear weapons at the disposal of Tel Aviv. Instead, they do their best to pacify a regime equipped with nukes regarding the remote possibility of Iran achieving the nuclear capability to make a bomb.
The fact that Israel has a huge arsenal of doomsday weapons is no longer wrapped in thick veils of secrecy. It is now public knowledge despite the fact the regime keeps retaining a policy of ambiguity and denial.
Frank Barnaby argues that the point of denial is that other governments, particularly the US government can maintain the myth that Israel doesn’t have nuclear weapons. This is of paramount importance to Israel because the US cannot, under American law, “continue giving economic aid to Israel if it acknowledges that Israel has nuclear weapons. Israel’s nuclear weapons are deliverable by aircraft and 1500-km range Jericho-II surface to surface missiles” (See How Nuclear Weapons Spread: Nuclear-Weapon Proliferation in the 1990s).
Interestingly, Israel is one of the few regimes in the world which refuse to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT. Despite all this, Tel Aviv strives to put on an innocent face and vocalize its anger over the deal between Iran and the six world powers.
But where does this feeling of fury spring from? It would be quite natural if the deal could bring some comfort to Tel Aviv and now with the deal done, everything seems to be sailing to the benefit of Israel in the region for it was she who has always piled nuclear accusations against Iran. And the fear should have gone by now. Paradoxically, his fear is getting stronger and stronger every day and Netanyahu is beefing up efforts to curb the so-called nuclear Iran.
What seems to be a veritable assumption here regarding the anger and angst of Benjamin Netanyahu is the very thought that the West has come to patch up differences with Iran and that there is a possibility of ameliorating ties between the two parties, an idea which appalls Tel Aviv to the very marrow.
No, Israel is not suffering from nuclear phobia or a nuclear Iran. What it fears most is a stable Iran salvaged from illegal sanctions and the role it can play in making the Middle East a safe place.
Why else would Israel be angry?