The Israeli regime and its lobby in the United States are worried about the likelihood of normalization of ties between Tehran and Washington, a political analyst says. “The Tel Aviv regime and the pro-Israel lobby in the United States are clearly worried about the diplomatic impact of [Iran President Hassan] Rouhani’s UN visit and the qualitative steps forward which were taken by both the US and Iran toward dialog and negotiation,” Kaveh L. Afrasiabi wrote in a Monday article for Press TV. In his speech to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on September 24, President Rouhani reaffirmed Iran’s determination to engage in transparent nuclear talks with world powers and interact with the international community based on mutual respect. He also held numerous meetings with the heads of state and officials from different countries on the sidelines of the event. Later on Friday, Rouhani and his US counterpart Barack Obama had a landmark phone conversation mainly focusing on Iran’s nuclear energy program. It was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution more than three decades ago. The two presidents also tasked their foreign ministers to follow up the matters of mutual concern, including issues regarding Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Afrasiabi pointed to Israel’s efforts to push the US to intensify pressure on Iran due to Tel Aviv’s repeated allegations against Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
“Such accusations have been circulating for over a decade and the world community is less and less inclined to give much credence to the incessant Israeli propaganda against Iran, which serves Israel’s twin objectives of sustaining generous Western financial and military support on the one hand, and, on the other, deflecting attention from the Palestinian issue,” the analyst pointed out.In his Tuesday speech to the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a global action aimed at fully dismantling Tehran’s nuclear energy program. The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unsubstantiated claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran. The bans come on top of four rounds of US-instigated UN Security Council sanctions against Iran under the same pretext. Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. ASH/KA/SS