• Former sworn enemies’ lobbyists hard at work expanding Israeli, Saudi influence across region
By Richard Walker
For the next six months Israel and its former enemy, Saudi Arabia, will use every dirty trick their intelligence services can devise to wreck the potential for a United States-led nuclear deal with Iran.
There will be more Israeli threats of military action against Iran and potential bombings inside Iran’s nuclear facilities by Israeli and Saudi proxies. The powerful Israeli lobby, working with Congress and the U.S. media, will also be tasked with persuading the American people any international deal with Iran involving the U.S., Russia, France and Britain will be a disaster.
Before the November 24, 2013 agreement with Iran, which set a six-month window to establish a permanent arrangement to ensure Iran’s nuclear program would be for civilian purposes, there were rumors Israel and Saudi Arabia were discussing military action against Iran.
The Sunday Times of London blew the whistle on meetings in Vienna, where talks with Iran were taking place, between acolytes of the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Tim Pardo, his Mossad counterpart. The Times claimed plans to use Saudi air space to attack Iran were discussed.
The Saudis were quick to deny the report, fearing a backlash in the Arab world they dominate and in the global Islamic community.
But the prospect of potential military action by Israel and the Saudis was not the only threat being reported. The Iranian Fars news agency and media outlets in Israel carried reports Israel was preparing new cyber-attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities of the kind used in the past. The most obvious attack was the one several years ago when a worm called Stuxnet, designed by Mossad and the Central Intelligence Agency, was unleashed on Iran’s nuclear facilities. This time, Israel is expected to use an even more powerful cyber-tool.
Should the U.S. and its international partners strike a permanent nuclear deal with Iran in six months time, relations between Washington and Teheran would be mended, effectively ending Israel’s potential to use military force to destroy the Iranian regime. That much was clear in a recent statement by former Israeli security official, Major General Giora Eiland.
But while Israel will, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised, direct Mossad to focus on Iran in the coming months, the major Israeli strategy will be to turn the American public against a deal with Iran. That much was obvious in recent comments by Netanyahu’s finance minister, Yair Lapid.
“We have six months, at the end of which we need to be in a situation in which the Americans listen to us the way they used to listen to us in the past,” said Lapid, whose views were shared by Yoel Guzanksy, a former Israeli national security advisor on Iran’s nuclear program.
Of course, the way Israel shapes American public opinion is by using Congress, which has been bought and paid for by the Zionist lobby in the U.S., especially by powerful groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which has massive financial backing.
Professor James Petras, who has written extensively about what he terms the “Zionist Power Configuration,” or ZPC, believes Israel’s war with Iran “would not amount to much more than its cyber sabotage, the periodic assassinations of Iranian scientists using its paid agents among Iranian terrorist groups and non-stop brow-beating from Israeli politicians and their amen crowd,” were it not for Israel’s capacity to manipulate the U.S. political system.
If one accepts his analysis, the prospect of a deal with Iran will be in jeopardy over the coming months as Israel ratchets up a campaign to derail the process. He had this to say in a lengthy article on his website:
“The ZPC has purchased the alliance of U.S. Congress people and Senators on a massive scale: Of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives (sic), 219 have received payments from the ZPC in exchange for their votes on behalf of the state of Israel. Corruption is even more rampant among the 100 U.S. Senators, 94 of whom have accepted pro-Israel PAC and Super PAC money for their loyalty to Israel. The ZPC showers money on both Republicans and Democrats, thus securing incredible (in this era of Congressional deadlock), near unanimous (‘bipartisan’) votes in favor of the ‘Jewish State,’ including its war crimes, like the bombing of Gaza and Lebanon as well as the annual $3 billion plus U.S. tax-payer tribute to Tel Aviv. At least 50 U.S. Senators have each collected between $100 thousand and $1 million in ZPC money over the past decades. In exchange, they have voted for over $100 billion in tribute payments to Israel…in addition to other ‘services and payments.’ The members of the U.S. Congress are cheaper: 25 legislators have received between $238,000 and $50,000, while the rest got peanuts. Regardless of the amount, the net result is the same: Congressional member pick up their script from their Zionist mentors in the PACs, Super PACs and AIPAC and back all of Israel’s wars in the Middle East and promote U.S. aggression on behalf of Israel.”