Israeli Confrontation with Iran if US Returns to JCPOA?

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On Wednesday, Netanyahu regime (illegal) settlements minister Tzachi Hanegbi said the following:

“Trump’s policy towards Iran has succeeded (sic). If it changes and the nuclear agreement returns, we will eventually reach an Israeli confrontation with Iran,” adding:

“If Biden stays with that policy (of returning to the JCPOA), there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran.”

Without US approval and direct involvement, there’s virtually no chance of Israel attacking Iran militarily — other than war by other means sabotage operations as it’s done before.

Iran threatens no other nations. Its ruling authorities foster regional peace and stability, along with seeking cooperative relations with other countries, confrontation with none.

Yet it attacked, it’s militarily able to hit back hard against an aggressor.

It’s why anti-Iran bluster by earlier Israeli regimes and Netanyahu stopped short of military confrontation.

Going it alone against Iran militarily by Israel would be suicidal —why it never happened before, and no evidence suggests a possible change of policy if the US returns to the JCPOA under any future president.

If Biden succeeds Trump in January — what’s more likely than not based on tainted election results so far — returning to the JCPOA is far from certain.

Most likely, his geopolitical team will want it renegotiated to include provisions no responsible government would accept.

His regime will likely seek curbs on Iran’s legitimate missile development and other ways to limit its military effectiveness — while continuing to bolster Israeli military strength. 

Trump abandoned the JCPOA based on phony claims that Iran seeks nuclear weapons — what his geopolitical team and US intelligence community know is false.

If Iran wanted nukes, it would have developed and produced them long ago.

No evidence exists to suggest that its longstanding opposition to having these weapons changed.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Zvi Hauser omitted saber rattling in remarks about Biden possibly succeeding Trump in January.

He knows the former vice president, calling him a true friend of Israel.

The same thing applies to nearly everyone in Washington. Opposition to Jewish state war on Palestinians, Syria, and other lawless actions virtually assures a short career in the nation’s capital.

While polling data by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) showed that 60% of Israelis believe Trump as president is positive for the Jewish state, compared to a slim 17% for Biden, US policy toward Israel is largely similar regardless of whether Dems or Republicans control the White House and/or Congress.

It’s been this way since Harry Truman became the first world leader to recognize the new Jewish state in May 1948.

Separately on Iran, Hauser falsely called the country “much more dangerous” than when Biden was vice president, adding:

The JCPOA “wasn’t enough to prevent” Iran from developing nuclear weapons (sic).

Unlike the Islamic Republic, Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous.

In all its preemptive wars, it uses chemical, biological, radiological and other banned weapons.

Unlike US, NATO, and Israeli war on humanity at home and abroad, Iran is the Middle East’s leading proponent of peace and stability — threatening no one.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.