…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor
Israeli officials are currently going berserk because the Biden administration is having a change of heart with respect to the Iran nuclear deal. The administration was reluctant to take a quick step, but recently things have been moving along—with or without Israel.
The Biden administration has already planned to meet representatives of the nuclear deal in Vienna, and Israeli officials have already declared that this position “is very troubling.” The translation of this is very simple: whenever Israeli officials find a position troubling, then more than likely it will be good for much of the world. Why?
In any event, US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley declared that the United States is seeking to get back to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The goal is to see whether we can agree on what steps the United States needs to take to come back into compliance with the nuclear deal and what steps Iran has to take to come back into compliance with the nuclear deal,” he said. If that happens to take place, then rest assured that Israeli manipulation with respect to the Iran nuclear deal is about to then.
Malley also signals that the US will have to challenge the sanctions that the previous administration had put on Iran. The US is “going to have to lift those sanctions that are inconsistent with the deal that was reached with Iran… so that Iran enjoys the benefits that it was supposed to enjoy under the deal.”
Malley’s argument makes sense. “It’s not a matter of who has the greater weight,” he continued to say. “It’s whether both sides are prepared to carry the burden that they have to come back into compliance.” The Israelis, of course, had to jump in and try to screw things up. They declared:
“Nowhere in the entire interview does Malley say the goal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Nowhere does he accuse the Iranians of any bad behavior… Nowhere in the interview does he talk about the importance of consultations with American allies in the region.”
Well, why can’t they live by the same standards? Aren’t they responsible for the deaths of dozens of Iranian scientists? Isn’t the Israeli Mossad responsible for the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh? Who are those people really kidding here?
-  Lahav Harkov, “Israel, in first comment, says troubled by US position ahead of Iran talks,” Jerusalem Post, April 5, 2021.
-  See for example Gareth Porter, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2014).
-  See for example, Avner Cohen, Israel and the Bomb (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998); The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010); Michael Karpin, The Bomb in the Basement: How Israel Went Nuclear and What That Means for the World (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006).
-  Harkov, “Israel, in first comment, says troubled by US position ahead of Iran talks,” Jerusalem Post, April 5, 2021.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.