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The trove of Iranian documents about its nuclear programme presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as proof of Tehran’s duplicity contain nothing of substance that was not known before.

Though the disclosure was made in order to justify President Donald Trump torpedoing the Iran nuclear deal on 12 May, Mr Netanyahu was unable to find any evidence that Iran has breached the agreement signed in 2015.

The vast cache of files presented by Mr Trump are largely historical and relate to the period before 2003. Mr Netanyahu’s purpose was to pillory Iran for lying about a nuclear weapons programme 15 years ago and before.

The White House has had some difficulty in adjusting its rhetoric to the historical nature of the disclosures, saying at first that they were proof that “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program”, but later changing “has” to “had”.

At issue is not the information in the archive, in which items introduced by Mr Netanyahu as revelatory turn out to have been published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a report in 2011.

More important is the political effect of their publication. Mr Netanyahu’s performance appears geared to provide justification for Mr Trump bringing an end to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is the lumbering official title of the Iran nuclear agreement.

By highlighting Iran’s past ambitions to construct a nuclear device. Mr Netanyahu unintentionally demonstrated – as several architects of the 2015 deal have commented – the need for the JCPOA, which made it impossible for Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

All the signatories of the agreement – US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China – agree that it is working well.

What remains unclear is what the US and Israel will do after 12 May. The reimposition of US sanctions on Iran will be damaging to its economy, but they are not going to lead to regime change in Tehran.

It is unlikely that Iranian leaders would agree to a new JCPOA which would be tilted further against them than the present deal. A successful counter-offensive against Iranian influence in the northern tier of the Middle East – Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon – is unlikely simply because of the strength of Iran’s position there.

The policy objectives of the Trump administration towards Iran could only be achieved by a prolonged war, but the administration may not realise this.

The new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the National Security Adviser, John Bolton, appear to take the advice of Iranian exile groups seriously, seeing the Iranian regime as more fragile than it is.

What makes the US withdrawal from the JCPOA so dangerous is that it is accompanied by an escalating military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria.

This is likely to get more serious, provoking Iran and Russia to retaliate against Israel. In fact, Mr Trump is stepping into the Syrian swamp in exactly the same way as previous US administrations have done in Iraq and Afghanistan

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. I guess that Netanyahu’s Reality TV stance can only fool one person: President Donald Trump.

    http://between-the-lines-ludwig-watzal.blogspot.de/2018/05/netanyahus-sleazy-anti-iranian.html

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    Well it'll fool all the "FWP" here in America, or at least they'll try to make sure the rest of us fall for it. In the current episode it's not a little telling that Europe's not buying it.
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  2. anarchyst says:

    If a nuclear device is “lit off” in an American or European city, it will have Israel’s fingerprints all over it. Israel is desperate to keep the American money spigot running, as well as sabotaging the Palestinian “peace process” that the world wants it to take seriously.

    In fact, if a nuclear device is “lit off” anywhere in the world, it will have come from Israel’s secret nuclear “stockpile”.

    The “power outage” in Atlanta was a convenient excuse for Israel to perform a logistical “sleight of hand”, as an Israeli plane was allowed to land and take off during the “power outage” without receiving customs clearance or inspection. Just maybe another one of Israel’s nukes was just being pre-positioned, getting ready for “the big one”. As most Americans are tired of all of the foreign wars being fought for Israel’s benefit, another “incident” on American soil would be enough to galvanize the American public, once again, (just like WTC 9-11) to support another war for Israel’s benefit. Israel’s “samson option” is a real threat to “light one off” in a European or American city, if Israel’s interests are not taken seriously.

    Israel refuses to abide by IAEA guidelines concerning its nukes as they are already distributed around the world. Israel would not be able to produce all of them as most of them are not in Israel, proper. No delivery systems are needed as Israel’s nukes are already “in place”. Look for another “false flag” operation with the blame being put on Iran or Syria. You can bet that some Iranian or Syrian passports will be found in the rubble.

    Israel also threatens to detonate nuclear devices in several US cities. Talk about total INSANITY; the so-called “Samson Option” is it.

    As an aside, American “foreign aid” is prohibited from being given to any country that has not signed the “Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty” or refuses to abide by “International Atomic Energy Agency” (IAEA) guidelines regarding its nuclear devices. Guess what?? Israel does not abide by EITHER and still gets the majority of American “foreign aid”. This prohibition also applies to countries that do not register their “agents of a foreign government” with the U S State Department. Guess what?? Israel (again) with its “American Israel Political Action Committee” (AIPAC) still gets “foreign aid” in contravention of American law..

    There are forty or so congressmen, senators and thousands of high-level policy “wonks” infecting the U S government who hold “dual citizenship” with Israel. Such dual citizenship must be strictly prohibited. Those holding dual citizenship must be required to renounce said foreign citizenship. Refusal to do so should result in immediate deportation with loss of American citizenship. Present and former holders of dual citizenship should never be allowed to serve in any American governmental capacity.

    When Netanyahu addressed both houses of congress, it was sickening to see our politicians slobber all over themselves to PROVE that they were unconditional supporters of Israel…just who the hell do they work for? Certainly not for the interests of the American people and the United States…they should renounce their United States citizenship and be deported to Israel…

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    I couldn't say it any better than you just did, mate, Israel has no friends or allies. No friend or ally would ever plant nukes in American and European cities and set them off, so, instead of being an ally, Zionist Israel's a mortal enemy of every country on earth, including the U.S.
    on 9/11/01, Mossad agents, aided by American traitors, planted micro-nukes in the sub-basements of the Twin Towers. setting them to go off between 9:00 and 9>30 A.M, when all employees were at their desks, and visitors arriving to do business. This deadly false flag killed nearly 3,000 innocents, giving the U.S. Gov't a pretext to launch airstrikes on Afghanistan.
    With regard to Iraq, there was no pretext to bomb and invade that country, the gov't simply accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction. If Iraq did have them, the U.S. had either given Iraq these weapons or sold them to it. The real reason for the war in Iraq was to depose that country's leader, Saddam Hussein, and replace him with a puppet.
    Now, Bibzy Netanyahu wants the U.S. to bomb Iran, a peaceful country that hasn't attacked its neighbors in at least 300 years. He's already been charged with bribery and corruption, and Israel's Supreme Court is seriously considering throwing him into prison (I sincerely hope he is thrown into prison). Bibzy ordered his military to shoot Gaza residents who were protesting their situation, in an attempt to steer the Israeli public's attention away from his legal troubles. Of course, his tactics only invited outrage from the rest of the world, so, he had to come up with bombing Iran. He's a monster, period.
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  3. Mishra says:
    @Ludwig Watzal
    I guess that Netanyahu's Reality TV stance can only fool one person: President Donald Trump.

    http://between-the-lines-ludwig-watzal.blogspot.de/2018/05/netanyahus-sleazy-anti-iranian.html

    Well it’ll fool all the “FWP” here in America, or at least they’ll try to make sure the rest of us fall for it. In the current episode it’s not a little telling that Europe’s not buying it.

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  4. ” No delivery systems are needed as Israel’s nukes are already “in place”

    Interesting. Modern nuclear weapon designs use tritium pumped into the core of the fissile material “pit” for enhanced yield. Tritium has a half-life of 12.26 years. That would mean that these Israeli nukes in foreign lands need to be periodically serviced by technicians. Does Israel have domestic and traveling nuclear technicians that do this? Now THAT would make the Rosenberg Atomic Spies really small potatoes.

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    The recent power outage in Atlanta was a convenient way to get tritium into the country. You see, the Israeli company that operated the flight into Atlanta has a "special exemption" granted by the U S government and is not required to go through customs inspections. There are many more Israeli companies who also possess this "special exemption"...
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  5. SUMBUDY says:

    Hmmmm, Hillary endorsed the Iran deal all along, and has expressed the danger that would result from getting rid of it.

    MAYBE all the trump shilling wasn’t the best idea?

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  6. @anarchyst
    If a nuclear device is "lit off" in an American or European city, it will have Israel's fingerprints all over it. Israel is desperate to keep the American money spigot running, as well as sabotaging the Palestinian "peace process" that the world wants it to take seriously.

    In fact, if a nuclear device is "lit off" anywhere in the world, it will have come from Israel's secret nuclear "stockpile".

    The "power outage" in Atlanta was a convenient excuse for Israel to perform a logistical "sleight of hand", as an Israeli plane was allowed to land and take off during the "power outage" without receiving customs clearance or inspection. Just maybe another one of Israel's nukes was just being pre-positioned, getting ready for "the big one". As most Americans are tired of all of the foreign wars being fought for Israel's benefit, another "incident" on American soil would be enough to galvanize the American public, once again, (just like WTC 9-11) to support another war for Israel's benefit. Israel's "samson option" is a real threat to "light one off" in a European or American city, if Israel's interests are not taken seriously.

    Israel refuses to abide by IAEA guidelines concerning its nukes as they are already distributed around the world. Israel would not be able to produce all of them as most of them are not in Israel, proper. No delivery systems are needed as Israel’s nukes are already “in place”. Look for another “false flag” operation with the blame being put on Iran or Syria. You can bet that some Iranian or Syrian passports will be found in the rubble.

    Israel also threatens to detonate nuclear devices in several US cities. Talk about total INSANITY; the so-called “Samson Option” is it.

    As an aside, American “foreign aid” is prohibited from being given to any country that has not signed the “Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty” or refuses to abide by “International Atomic Energy Agency” (IAEA) guidelines regarding its nuclear devices. Guess what?? Israel does not abide by EITHER and still gets the majority of American “foreign aid”. This prohibition also applies to countries that do not register their “agents of a foreign government” with the U S State Department. Guess what?? Israel (again) with its “American Israel Political Action Committee” (AIPAC) still gets "foreign aid" in contravention of American law..

    There are forty or so congressmen, senators and thousands of high-level policy “wonks” infecting the U S government who hold “dual citizenship” with Israel. Such dual citizenship must be strictly prohibited. Those holding dual citizenship must be required to renounce said foreign citizenship. Refusal to do so should result in immediate deportation with loss of American citizenship. Present and former holders of dual citizenship should never be allowed to serve in any American governmental capacity.

    When Netanyahu addressed both houses of congress, it was sickening to see our politicians slobber all over themselves to PROVE that they were unconditional supporters of Israel…just who the hell do they work for? Certainly not for the interests of the American people and the United States…they should renounce their United States citizenship and be deported to Israel…

    I couldn’t say it any better than you just did, mate, Israel has no friends or allies. No friend or ally would ever plant nukes in American and European cities and set them off, so, instead of being an ally, Zionist Israel’s a mortal enemy of every country on earth, including the U.S.
    on 9/11/01, Mossad agents, aided by American traitors, planted micro-nukes in the sub-basements of the Twin Towers. setting them to go off between 9:00 and 9>30 A.M, when all employees were at their desks, and visitors arriving to do business. This deadly false flag killed nearly 3,000 innocents, giving the U.S. Gov’t a pretext to launch airstrikes on Afghanistan.
    With regard to Iraq, there was no pretext to bomb and invade that country, the gov’t simply accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction. If Iraq did have them, the U.S. had either given Iraq these weapons or sold them to it. The real reason for the war in Iraq was to depose that country’s leader, Saddam Hussein, and replace him with a puppet.
    Now, Bibzy Netanyahu wants the U.S. to bomb Iran, a peaceful country that hasn’t attacked its neighbors in at least 300 years. He’s already been charged with bribery and corruption, and Israel’s Supreme Court is seriously considering throwing him into prison (I sincerely hope he is thrown into prison). Bibzy ordered his military to shoot Gaza residents who were protesting their situation, in an attempt to steer the Israeli public’s attention away from his legal troubles. Of course, his tactics only invited outrage from the rest of the world, so, he had to come up with bombing Iran. He’s a monster, period.

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  7. anarchyst says:
    @Joe Stalin
    " No delivery systems are needed as Israel’s nukes are already “in place”

    Interesting. Modern nuclear weapon designs use tritium pumped into the core of the fissile material "pit" for enhanced yield. Tritium has a half-life of 12.26 years. That would mean that these Israeli nukes in foreign lands need to be periodically serviced by technicians. Does Israel have domestic and traveling nuclear technicians that do this? Now THAT would make the Rosenberg Atomic Spies really small potatoes.

    The recent power outage in Atlanta was a convenient way to get tritium into the country. You see, the Israeli company that operated the flight into Atlanta has a “special exemption” granted by the U S government and is not required to go through customs inspections. There are many more Israeli companies who also possess this “special exemption”…

    Read More
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