…from PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: The Israeli Lobby, that many intel analysts believe works as a semi-undercover branch of Israeli offensive intelligence operations against the United States, is making its move now to interfere in US domestic and foreign affairs.
A classic second rate method of torpedoing a deal you don’t want to happen without making an obvious target of yourself, where 8th graders could figure it out, is to add conditions that you know will be unacceptable to the party being targeted.
But there is a hidden goal, which is a slick move that we see with this ‘nuclear issue’ in the Mideast. While other parties are constantly publicized as growing or potential threats that must be stopped for the security of the whole region and the world at large, there is never a mention of anything being done about the country that is already a nuclear threat to the region, has used nuclear weapons, and hence to the world at large.
That country is Israel, a country which has run offensive intelligence operations against the US since its inception and has done remarkably well. Its weapon of choice has always been co-opting our Congressmen and Senators, where it has a sterling record, which is on display here with Menendez and Graham running interference on the JCPOA.
And last, so as not to write a book on this long sad subject, the entire US intelligence apparatus, civilian and military, has long been aware of this Israeli penetration. I won’t say they have done absolutely nothing, but it has been close to nothing.
These branches been reduced to trying to monitor what the Israelis are doing, to at least have a chance to block them some of the time to justify getting their paychecks. But in terms of fulfilling their oaths of office, “to defend the country from all enemies, foreign and domestic”, they have failed miserably.
Their cover, a reasonable one, is that Congress has not given them permission to take down the Israeli spy networks, not even the nuclear ones. VT had extensively reported with photos and maps on the NY Able Danger operation chasing the Israeli art students around Ft. Lee, New Jersey, while in the pre-911 stage. Not one official has ever shown the slightest interest in our coverage, and of course never challenged it.
The security people and our political representatives involved in this long running scandal are joined at the hip to protect themselves from being exposed. So that left only the media as a potential threat for exposure.
That loose end was tidied up by having our dementia President Reagan spoon fed the plan to destroy one of the foundations of our democracy, our independent media, by selling a “free market” con of allowing its consolidation in the hands of a powerful few, where we now have the friends of Israel folks sitting on the boards of all the media, news rooms, and of course all the social media.
America is not free. That concept has been reduced to a Mother Goose story, and one which should be told over and over when the Israeli Lobby infiltrators engage in undermining our democracy, something we hear about all the time with targets like Russia, China, and Iran, which our security people proudly take credit for, but then turn a blind eye for Israel.
None of this will change without force. And so far no forces has emerged to take on the task. VT does what it can, but you see we have no hedge fund managers, Bill Gates or anyone in Congress thanking us for what we do. They pretend we don’t exist, and for good reason. They know we know, who and what they are… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … March 20, 2021
The pro-Israeli group, AIPAC, is lobbying to urge US President Joe Biden to effectively oppose reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, in its current format.
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) called on its supporters to urge US senators to sign on to a letter that asks Biden to reach an expanded agreement with Iran.
“Iran remains Israel’s and America’s greatest threat in the Middle East,” AIPAC told supporters in a text message this week.
“Please urge your senators to sign a bipartisan letter to President Biden… expressing the bipartisan consensus that ‘a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a grave threat to US national security interests and our allies and partners,” said the group.
A letter, led by Democratic senator Bob Menendez and Republican Lindsey Graham, urges the senate to reject a return to Iran’s nuclear agreement in its current format.
It says that Washington needs “to reach an agreement that prevents Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons and meaningfully constrains its destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and its ballistic missile program.”
“We believe it is critical you consult with our European allies, Israel, and Persian Gulf security partners on a path forward with Iran,” read the letter.
While Israel is the Middle East’s sole possessor of nuclear warheads, Iran’s nuclear program is totally civilian which has repeatedly been confirmed by the UN nuclear agency. The bipartisan letter does not explicitly reject returning to the nuclear deal, but it imposes demands outside of the scope of the agreement.
Back in 2015, Iran singed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the P5+1 group of countries — the US, the UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany. At the time, AIPAC had launched a campaign to reject the deal as well.
The administration of former President Donald Trump, however, unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018, and reimposed anti-Iran sanctions that had been lifted under the deal.
Now with Democratic president Joe Biden in the White House, Washington has signaled its willingness to rejoin the JCPOA, yet it has conditioned the move on Tehran’s resumption of its commitments under the 2015 deal, despite the US being the oath breaker.
While Washington says it would soon start a series of negotiations with Iran in a bid to resume nuclear talks, Tehran says the JCPOA has a “defined road map” and that no further talks are necessary on the accord.
The bipartisan letter has sparked concern among rights groups, who urged senators to refrain from signing the request.
An advocacy group Win Without War said that senators “are circulating a new letter that would undermine diplomacy with Iran. How? By setting up IMPOSSIBLE standards for the deal.”
A senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), also said the letter showed an alliance of hawkish Democrats and Republicans are “dedicated to preventing diplomatic progress with Iran.”
“Biden will be making a major mistake if he tries to placate them,” said Sina Toossi. “Their opposition to a JCPOA return is rooted in fundamental opposition to diplomacy with Iran,” he added.
Toossi warned that policies of Menendez and Graham, whom he called as “regime-change ideologues” will lead to conflict and a betrayal of Biden’s foreign policy promises.