Iranian political commentator Mohammad Marandi says the Israeli regime uses “scare tactics” against the United States “like a mad dog” to get Washington’s acquiescence over Tel Aviv’s demands regarding Iran.
“I think Israel both uses scare tactics to force the US to abide by Israeli demands, by threatening Iran, sort of acting like a mad dog that needs to be controlled… and the US uses them in order to force other countries to abide by sanctions,” Marandi said in an interview with Al-Jazeera on April 1.
“One reason why [US President Barack] Obama went to Israel is that he wants to have less trouble at home… it is extraordinary… it shows Israel has such an impact on the president even with regards to economic decisions and reforms that need to be carried out in the United Sates… because of [the] economic crisis, the US president needs to go to Israel,” he added.
Obama began a three-day trip to the Middle East on March 20, visiting Israel and holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, where he reiterated strong support for the regime and vowed that America's alliance with Israel is “eternal.”
Marandi further said that although the tactic had been effective in the past, changes have been taking place in the international scene with regards to the actions of major players, namely Russia and China, particularly after the revolution in Libya.
The US, Israel and some of their allies claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the false claim as pretext to impose sanctions against Iran.
Tehran rejects the allegation against its nuclear energy activities, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.