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Time for Obama to shake things up, 'declare Israel nuclear state'

US President Barack Obama(R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 3, 2014. (AFP)

Following reports of Israel’s espionage against US-Iran nuclear talks, it is time for the Obama administration to “declare Israel a nuclear state”, says Jim W. Dean, a columnist and political commentator based in Atlanta. 

Current and former American officials told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday the spying operation was part of a campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”

Dean told Press TV in a phone interview that “this comes as no surprise,” as Tel Aviv has been engaged in spy activities in the United States in other different areas including “industrial espionage to steal trade secrets”.

“Israel is a kind of parasite on the West. They have the right to just steal and take anything possible.”


Bibi’s move felony

Dean voiced surprise that White House officials did not reveal Israel’s spy activities against the talks earlier this month when Bibi gave an anti-Iran speech at the US Congress.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3rd L) poses for photographers with US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd L), Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (4th L), and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) (L) prior to a meeting at the US Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

“That puts Congress negotiating with foreign agents to undermine the US foreign policy,” Dean said, adding, since Bibi was not on an official visit, “Technically, he is a private citizen talking to US Congressmen to subvert the US foreign policy through undermining the US president. That’s actually a felony.”

The American commentator warned about the “incestuous marriage” of Israel and the Congress, which serves Tel Aviv’s interests "first" whenever there is conflict between the regime and Washington.

The new espionage reports mean that “Israel is attacking the national security of the US quite openly,” the analyst said, adding, “I would challenge Obama to declare Israel a nuclear state”.

Israel’s nuclear research center in the Negev desert viewed from satellite (Wikipedia)

Israel denies reports

Following the espionage leak, the Israeli minister of military affairs, Moshe Yaalon, denied it, saying, “There is no such thing as Israel spying on the Americans”.

Other Israeli officials, namely Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, responded to the reports likewise.

The talks between the US and Iran are part of broader negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group -- Russia, China, Britain, France and the US plus Germany -- to reach a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program as a deadline slated for July 1 draws closer.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) sits with his delegation during a negotiation meeting concerning Iran's nuclear program with his counterpart, John Kerry (L), in Lausanne on March 19, 2015 as European Union Political Director Helga Schmid (4-L) looks on over. (AFP)

On Friday, the latest round of nuclear negotiations ended in the Swiss lakeside city of Lausanne after six days of intensive talks with both parties citing progress.


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