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US, Israel pose greatest threat to Middle East: Academic

US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has lashed out at the United States’ Central Command Chief Joseph Votel for his anti-Iranian comments. Addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, General Votel alleged that Iran seeks to be a hegemonic power in the Middle East region.

James Fetzer, a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth from Madison, Wisconsin, dismissed US allegations against the Islamic Republic, saying, “The greatest threat to peace in the Middle East [is posed by] the United States and its ... ally Israel, which are responsible for 9/11 itself, which drew the United States into these wars [in Afghanistan and Iraq]."

Fetzer criticized Pentagon for labeling the Islamic Republic as a threat to the regional stability, telling Press TV on Sunday that “Iran is a peace-loving nation that hasn’t attacked any other nation since 1775.”

In a Saturday press briefing, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi pointed out that the US is the biggest exporter and supplier of advanced weapons and military equipment to certain states in the region.

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According to the academic “the easiest way to end terrorism in the Middle East is for the United States to stop providing arms ... to [countries like] Saudi Arabia.”

The commentator further pictured a gloomy outlook of peace and tranquility in the Middle East, because, as he said, the change of administration in the United States has not altered American foreign policy.

Many American people and analysts, who believed in US President Donald Trump because he promised to end the wars in the Middle East, “are going to find it very difficult to reconcile his actions with his words,” Fetzer said in conclusion. 

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