Saturday 27 November 2021

Zionists' desperate
journeys to America

Ahmad Reza Roohallahzad

Tehran (Qodsna) - Israel is deeply concerned about the US position towards Iran and is trying to force the US to put a second option on its agenda regarding the Islamic country.


Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ended his visit to the United States without any significant achievements, according to the Zionist media.


Lapid's visit comes with a little time after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's visit to the United States. Meanwhile, Aviv Kochavi, the chief of staff of the Zionist army, also paid a visit to the United States in July. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also recently met with Zionist officials during a visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In all these trips, the issue of Iran has been raised as the main agenda. Considering these facts, the question is, what is the purpose or goals of these trips and visits in a short period of time? Basically, what does the Zionist regime demand from the United States regarding Iran? And has it had any success in advancing its positions in the US government or not?


The fact is that the US government, unlike the Donald Trump presidency, has distanced itself from hasty decisions and is trying to free itself from the pressures of the Zionist regime in the face of regional developments. Under the Trump administration, given that Jared Kushner, Trump's Israeli son-in-law, served as the government's top adviser, it was felt that US decisions on developments in West Asia were instructed by Tel Aviv. But with the end of Trump's presidency, independent maneuvers in the current US government are obvious that is prioritized by the United States and is therefore trying to resist Israeli pressure and even pro-Israel extremist lobbies.


The US government has concluded that the only viable option is the dialogue with Iran. Therefore, it has defined all its policies in relation to Iran on this platform. This issue can be seen from the changes in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also the appointment of Robert Mali as the person in charge of Iran's case. The United States hopes to open the stalemate in Iran’s nuclear program through talks with Iran.


However, Israel is deeply concerned about the US position and is trying to force the US to put a second option on its agenda regarding Iran. In other words, in addition to Plan A, which is a diplomatic solution, Plan B means a tougher option, which would result in a direct or joint military attack on Iran. The second option has not yet been welcomed by the US government.


Numerous trips of Israeli officials to the United States can also be evaluated in this framework. But no definite position has been taken from the United States in this regard.


During his visit to the United States and meeting with Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke about the "death by a thousand cuts" plan in relation to Iran. That is, involving Iran in the cases of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, etc., and finally, if necessary, military attacks on Iran's vital facilities. But the plan was not welcomed by Biden. Although Biden talked about other options, those options were only aimed at relieving the pressure of the Zionist regime.



In Lapid's recent visit to the United States, the result was still disappointing for the Zionists, and even Joe Biden, despite all Lapid's efforts to meet with him, refused to meet with the Israeli Foreign Minister, who is to replace Bennett as Prime Minister in the near future. It is clear that Biden and his government are trying to free themselves from Zionist pressure in regional politics and to act independently.


Nevertheless, it seems that the Zionists will continue to put pressure on the US government to force it to put Plan B next to Plan A and pursue them simultaneously.


What was remarkable about Lapid's recent visit to the United States was the presence of the UAE Foreign Minister in the meeting between Lapid and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken. This signals that the UAE regime has progressed so far in its cooperation with Israel that it can be a threat to any government that does not recognize the Zionist regime. It is a matter of time that the UAE will enter the stage of paying heavy costs of this betrayal, a stage that is not far away due to the process of development.


Writer: Ahmad Reza Roohallahzad

Ahmad Reza Roohallahzad is a Middle East affairs expert based in Tehran.

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