Netanyahu Threatens Iran
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
He’s done it time and again before, lots more times to come, ignoring his regime’s high crimes against Palestinians and neighboring Syria.
The US/NATO/apartheid Israel axis of evil represents the greatest threat to world peace and stability.
Throughout its odious history, Israel has served and continues serving Washington’s interests and its own in the Middle East and beyond — both countries partnering in each other’s aggressive wars and other hostile actions.
Fascist regimes run both nations, threatening all sovereign independent states — the US under Trump and Israel under Netanyahu the most recklessly extremist regimes in the history of both countries.
World peace hangs in the balance because of their menacing geopolitical aims. Both countries seek unchallenged hegemony — for Israel regionally, for the US globally, wars of aggression and other hostile actions their favored strategies.
Iran’s partial suspension of its JCPOA nuclear deal commitments was because Britain, France, Germany and Brussels reneged on what they agreed to, promises made with no follow-through.
Netanyahu slammed the Islamic republic’s announcement as follows, bellowing:
“We will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon” — what it doesn’t seek and wants eliminated everywhere.
Israel is the region’s only armed and dangerous nuclear power, its open secret well known for decades.
Its ruling authorities represent an unparalleled regional threat, along with the presence of US forces in scores of Middle East bases — used as platforms for warmaking against nations threatening no one.
Separately, Netanyahu warned Hamas, saying: “The campaign in Gaza isn’t over. We are calculating our steps” to be unleashed ahead — blaming Palestinians for Israeli high crimes committed against them, what he and other Israeli officials have done countless times before.
Russia responded to Iran’s announcement, blaming the Trump regime for Iran’s action, saying:
“President Putin has repeatedly talked about the consequences of rash steps in relation to Iran, that is, the decision taken by Washington,” adding:
“We see that these consequences are starting to ensue. The situation is serious. It is clearly provoked by previous (US) decisions.”
“Putin said that ill-conceived subjective decisions lead to unjustified pressure on Iran and provoke further undesirable steps, which we are witnessing now.”
Peskov failed to explain that JCPOA signatories Britain, France and Germany share blame, along with Brussels for reneging on promises made to Tehran — going along with unacceptable Trump regime actions while pretending otherwise.
“…Russian diplomats will continue to discuss (the JCPOA) with (its signatories) to maintain the agreement’s viability,” Peskov stressed.
It won’t help as long as Brussels refuses to challenge illegal Trump regime actions against Iran. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called on all JCPOA signatories to fulfill their obligations, saying it’s “shared responsibility,” adding:
“We call on all relevant parties to exercise restraint, strengthen dialogue, and avoid escalating tensions. (China) resolutely opposes” unilateral US sanctions and other hostile actions against Iran.
As of midday in Washington, the White House hadn’t responded to Iran’s announcement. It was made to push EU signatories and Brussels to fulfill their obligations, along with safeguarding Iranian rights according to JCPOA provisions.
“Iran has shown the world that it has remained committed to its obligations, and today it is the world(’s) turn to implement (its) end of the bargain,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed.
Iranian President Rouhani said “we do not want to withdraw from the JCPOA. All the people of the world should know that today is not the end of the JCPOA. It is a new step within the framework of the” deal.
French war minister Florence Parly lied, claiming her country, Britain and Germany are doing all they can to sustain the JCPOA. Polar opposite it true, Parly warning Iran of new sanctions if it violates its JCPOA commitments.
By her reasoning, it’s OK for the US and EU countries to breach their obligations, not OK for Iranian actions in response to their violations — how Western countries operate when dealing with nations they seek to control.
Trump regime hardliners are waging all-out war on Iran by other means, short of hot war — perhaps what they plan ahead, maybe after a US false flag wrongfully blamed on Tehran.
As long as bipartisan hardliners run things in Washington, its criminal class, world peace and stability will remain an unattainable goal. The US permanent war agenda prevents it.
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