Trump Pledges to Address Nonexistent Iranian Threats
by Stephen Lendman
Trump has a worrisome blind spot on Iran, a nation threatening no one, Israel’s main rival for regional supremacy, wanting regime change, pro-Western governance replacing its sovereign independence.
Candidate Trump called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) disastrous, urged its revocation - even though it’s an important international agreement, taking years to complete and implement.
What he’ll do as president remains unknown. Campaign rhetoric is one thing, policymaking another.
In his first post-inaugural conversation with Netanyahu, Sunday evening by phone Israeli time, he pledged to address nonexistent “threats posed by Iran,” along with offering unwavering US support for Israeli security, and efforts to resolve decades of conflict with the Palestinians.
He invited Netanyahu to the White House in early February. Nothing was said about moving Washington’s embassy to Jerusalem.
Ahead of his conversation with Netanyahu, his press secretary said the administration was “at the beginning stages of even discussing” this explosive issue - sure to rile the Arab world and put conflict resolution more out of reach than already if undertaken.
According to a White House statement, Trump and Netanyahu discussed ways to “advance and strengthen the US-Israel special relationship,” along with enhancing regional security and stability.
Trump stressed “the importance the United States places on our close military, intelligence and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between our countries.”
He prioritized waging war on ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups, while claiming Israeli/Palestinian peace “can only be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Israel to make progress towards that goal.”
Following through as stated assures no possibility of conflict resolution. Israel doesn’t negotiate. It demands. It considers a Palestinian Versailles alone acceptable - a prescription for endless conflict.
Trump’s one-sided support for Israel, a rogue terror state, assures continued pain, persecution and misery ahead for long-suffering Palestinians.
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