With the exception of Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu and Canadian Stephen Harper, all world leaders have thrown their support behind the recently inked historic deal between the so-called “P5+1” and Iran in Geneva.
Barack Obama, while trying to butter Netanyahu and pro-Israel hawks in the Congress and Senate, defended the deal by saying: “We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of violence, and tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security.”
Most Israeli military and intelligence leaders along with Zionist president Shimon Peres and Bibi’s justice minister Tzipi Livni don’t agree with Netanyahu’s warmongering rant, “the agreement is bad, very bad, very very bad, and that Obama and the West sold the Jews out to Hitler again“.
Last week, former national security adviser, Gen. Giora Eiland was quoted in the ‘Jew York Times’, saying: “The situation has changed and everybody else except Israel understands that a deal means to be more flexible. Netanyahu speaks only about a good deal. The Americans are speaking about a reasonable deal, which is better than having no deal at all.”
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (Jewish) told a radio station on Monday that he did not believe Israel would launch a preemptive military assault on Iran’s nuclear installations, Israel Radio reported.
On November 25, 2013, professor Anne-Maria Slaughter, in an article posted at the New American Foundation, a Zioconservative think tank, website also claimed that the US-Iran deal will help the US interests in Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. However, she claimed that selling the deal at home poses a great challenge to both Obama and Rouhani.
I believe the good Zionist professor has no clue what she is talking about. Iran doesn’t have a powerful foreign lobby (AIPAC + 50 Jewish groups) like the United states have. Furthermore, both the so-called “moderates” and “extremists” in Iran have always sought the support of Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei in matters crucial to the security of the nation. In dealing with the P5+1, president Hassan Rouhani has full backing from Khamenei, atleast for the time being.
The Jewish Lobby is pushing the Congress for new sanction against Iran. Chemi Shalev at Israeli Haaretz, however, warned on November 24 that new sanctions could harm Israel more than Iran. “Israel find itself isolated in the world arena, with only Saudi Sheikhs and US lawmakers at its side; perhaps it’s time to consider other diplomatic options besidse perpetual petulance,” he wrote.
Iran’s gains from the initial agreement include Washington’s release of $7 billion (out of $100 billion frozen worldwide) of Iran’s asset during the next six months. The US-Israel sponsored sanctions have cost Iran over $120 billion since 2010.
“The six-month agreement, which offers Iran about $7 billion in relief from sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, leaves in place banking and financial measures that have hampered the OPEC member’s crude exports. Sanctions on sales of refined products also remain, while Iran gains access to $4.2 billion in oil revenue frozen in foreign banks”, the White House said.
Sanctions relief for Iran’s auto industry will boost sales, and French automakers Peugeot and Renault are poised to gain over $500 million in sales.
According to Jewish Bloomberg, shipping companies that transport Iranian oil will also be big winners from lighter sanctions, as their shipping routes will be less restricted and be able to deliver Iranian oil to big markets like Turkey and India. Insurance companies may also see an increase in business on Iranian oil cargoes.
Brent crude fell almost $2.5 per barrel on Monday, or nearly 3 percent, to $108.05, since the minor relief on anti-Iran sanctions. Iran’s oil reserves account for about 9.4 percent of world total, but the country consumes only 2.2 percent. Their reserves are among the world’s largest, fourth only to Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.
What future holds for the US-Iran relations? I tends to agree with Timothy Alexander Guzman’s prediction.
“Israel will try to disrupt Iran’s nuclear deal at any cost. Iran will be accused of not following the conditions of the deal. Washington will seed to Israel’s demands until Iran dismantles its nuclear program and submits to Israel’s dominance in the Middle East. AIPAC controls the US Congress and the US presidency, make no mistake about that. Many of Obama’s supporters believe that Obama is trying diplomacy, a road to peace. But this is the same president that almost launched a war against Syria and is continuing his drone strike policies at unprecedented levels. Remember the US and Israel are staunch allies to say the least, regardless of what the American Main Stream Media outlets say about the so-called “difficult” relationship between Obama and Natanyahu. After all Obama declared America’s commitment to Israel’s security last March when he visited the country and said “I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to speak directly to the people of Israel and to your neighbours.” Read more here.