SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

Palestine | International | Police State and Prisons

Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance
by Stephen Lendman
Wednesday Apr 16th, 2014 12:47 AM
Israel
Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is a global menace. It threatens world peace. It wants regional hegemony.

It wants all rivals eliminated. It wants powerless, balkanized mini-states replacing them. Longstanding policy reflects it.

In 1982, Israeli Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon urged it. He published a document titled "A Strategy for Israel in the NIneteen Eighties."

The late Israel Shahak (1933 - 2001) obtained it. He translated it. He retitled it "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East."

The Association of Arab-American University Graduates called it "the most explicit, detailed and unambiguous statement to date of the Zionist strategy in the Middle East."

"Its importance...lies not in its historical value but in the nightmare which it represents." It continues unfolding. Divide and conquer explain it.

Balkanizing Iraq into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish areas reflects it. Israel wants all regional states treated the same way.

Especially Iran. Israel wants the Islamic Republic eliminated altogether. Nonexistent threats are invented. War is threatened.

An earlier article discussed an unholy Israel/Saudi Arabia alliance. Both represent the worst of rogue state ruthlessness.

Crimes of war and against humanity are standard practice. Last October, Saudi Prince Bandar arrived secretly in Israel.

Doing so broke a longstanding taboo. Bandar was the first Saudi official to visit Israel. He came to discuss mutual interests.

They included toppling Syria's Assad. They want Iran confronted belligerently. They're strange bedfellows.

They formed a dark anti-Tehran alliance. It's hard imagining a darker regional one.

It's an axis of evil writ large. It combines Saudi wealth with Israeli might. It's nuclear armed and dangerous.

Its other weapons are formidable. It useds them lawlessly. It does so ruthlessly.

Riyadh wants a Sunni awakening. Israel wants a key regional rival eliminated. On April 15, Press TV headlined "Israel, seeking anti-Iran alliance."

Former Israeli secret service Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon urges it. According to Press TV:

"He said Israel should consider Iran as a 'threat to all pragmatic players in the region.'

It "should work (toward) the goal of establishing a coalition against Tehran."

Ayalon "mocked a US intelligence assessment…" Iran isn't pursuing nuclear weapons, he said. Claiming otherwise is false.

His comments followed Israeli intelligence admitting no "smoking gun" exists suggesting an Iranian nuclear program military component.

"The Israeli minister without portfolio expounded that the Zionist who insists Iran is a danger to (Israel's) existence should not rule out any option against Tehran," said Press TV.

"Analysts believe while the international community is analyzing the US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, Israel and the United States are colluding against the Islamic Republic," it added.

Doing so may subvert P5+1 talks. Final resolution agreement may not follow. Longstanding US/Israeli anti-Iranian policy remains unchanged.

Obama violated interim agreement terms straightaway. Doing so revealed his real intentions. US deals aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Promises made are systematically broken. Iran bashing continues. Big Lies persist. Targeting Iran's peaceful nuclear program is red-herring cover for regime change.

Tehran deplores nuclear weapons. It has none. It's not developing any. It prioritizes a nuclear-free Middle East.

Israel is the only regional state with them. It's so-called open secret is common knowledge. Its arsenal is longstanding. It's formidable. Israel threatens its use if needed.

It uses radiological, biological and chemical weapons against adversaries. Palestinians are regularly attacked. Iran prioritizes peace and stability.

It hasn't attacked another nation in centuries. It's an enviable record. It's ignored. Tehran sought normalized Western relations for decades.

It offered major nuclear concessions. It did so in vain. Will this time be different? Not if Israeli priorities take precedence. Not if Obama goes along. Not if he continues longstanding anti-Iranian hostility.

Occasional conciliatory rhetoric masks his likely real intentions. Hypocrisy defines them. Earlier he asked Congress to hold off imposing new sanctions.

Unilaterally he imposed his own. Will ongoing P5+1 talks end up more subterfuge than real? Will hoped for conflict resolution fail?

Will longstanding anti-Iranian policies persist. Will its nuclear facilities be attacked? Will doing so ignite regional war?

Will Obama risk more conflict than already? Will Syria be directly  targeted at the same time?

Washington deplores peace and stability. Longstanding policy prioritizes war. Multiple US ones remain ongoing.

Will Iran follow Obama's Eastern Ukrainian strategy? Will endless conflicts persist? Nonexistent threats are invented to wage them.

Diplomatic mumbo jumbo justifies them. Millions of corpses attest to their barbarity. Obama has lots more death and destruction in mind.

So does Israel. Iran is their main regional target. Anything goes is official policy to eliminate its independent government.

It's going all-out by all means possible. Rogue states operate this way. America and Israel the world's two worst. Axis of evil extremism defines them.

They threaten world peace and security. They risk global war. Out-of-control policies head inexorably toward igniting it.

Rogue leadership risks what responsible governance wouldn't dare. Advancing imperial priorities matters most. Doing so involves eliminating all rivals.

Waging war on humanity follows. Doing so risks destroying it altogether. Attacking Iran reflects madness. Targeting Russia is worse.

WW I was called the war to end all wars. WW II followed. WW III will end future wars. Mushroom cloud denouement assures it.

Imagine risking armageddon. Imagine destroying planet earth to save it. Imagine calling doing so humanitarian intervention.

Imagine lunatics making policy. They infest Washington and Israel. They risk the unthinkable. They do it mindlessly.

Israel conspiring with Arab states against Iran may be pretext for greater conflict. Its ultranationalist defrocked/reinstated Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman admitted holding secret talks.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry lied claiming "no ties or talks with Israel at any level."

Ignored was Prince Bandar's October 2013 visit. Mutual strategizing against Iran followed. Despots run most regional Arab states.

Overtly they're hostile to Israel. Private diplomatic contacts are maintained. Mutual interests unite them.

Lieberman lied claiming concern over Iran's nuclear program transcends anti-Israeli sentiment.

"For the first time, there is an understanding (regionally) that the real threat is not Israel," he said. Nor "Jews or Zionism."

"It is Iran, global jihad, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda. There are contacts. There are talks, but we are very close to the stage in which within a year or 18 months, (they'll) no longer be secret."

They'll "be conducted openly." He claims being in touch with "moderate" Arabs. Ones he means don't exist.

He's comfortable visiting rogue states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and others.

"I have spent more than a few years (engaging in) meetings and talks with them," he said.

"As far as they are concerned," he claims, "there is only one red rag and that is Iran." Gulf states want Sunni-dominated regimes. They want Shia ones eliminated.

They're comfortable about belligerent confrontations. Lieberman expects future open diplomatic relations with them. He expects peace accords signed by 2019 or perhaps earlier.

"I'm certain by then we will have a situation in which we have full diplomatic relations with most of the moderate Arab states," he said.

"And you can count on my word," he added. How while occupation harshness continues he didn't explain.

While brutalizing Palestinians persists. While peace remains a convenient illusion. While achieving it is more distant than ever.

While justifiable Palestinian anger may erupt like twice before. While Israeli crimes keep being exposed. While rogue leaders threaten humanity.

While Israel remains the only regional nuclear threat. While all Arab states know what they rarely acknowledge.

While Israel and Washington bear full responsibility for incendiary Middle East conditions.

According to the Israeli think tank Institute for National Security Studies:

"To Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, the cost of open relations with Israel at this time may be higher than the benefit, given the position of the Arab street."

As long as institutionalized racism remains official Israeli policy, overt rapprochement may not follow.

Not according to Lieberman, saying:

"I think that they too are stewing in their own juice and reaching an awareness that there will be no choice but to move from the secret stage of the dialogue between us to the open stage of the talks."

Saudi Arabian ones Israel calls "historic," Riyadh denies holding them. So does Kuwait. It's state-run KUNA news agency said:

"There (are) no meetings or contacts, formal or informal, secret or declared, with Israel."

Anti-Iranian schemes persist. Resolving things responsibly look distant.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen [at] sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour