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Israel lobby trying to thwart Biden return to Iran nuclear deal: Analyst

US President Joe Biden (left) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)

An American political analyst has said that the Israeli lobby is exerting pressure on US President Joe Biden not to return to the Iran nuclear deal.

Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster in San Antonio, Texas, made the remark during a phone interview with Press TV on Friday.

A new report has cited a “very senior Israeli official” as saying that the Tel Aviv regime would start snubbing the US if it reentered a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that was ditched by the Trump administration.

“If Biden adopts [former US president, Barack] Obama’s plan, we will have nothing to talk about with him,” the regime’s Channel 12 reported on Wednesday, citing the unnamed official.

Although the channel did not specify what plan the official meant, the online newspaper The Times of Israel said the official was referring to the nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCPOA), sealed in 2015 between Iran and the 5+1 group of countries (which was then made up of the US, the UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany).

The remarks came on the same day as Joe Biden took over the White House following the end of predecessor Donald Trump’s tenure.

Trump took the US out of the deal -- that is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- in 2018 following widely reported provocation on the part of Israel and some of its allied regional regimes.

The former president would continually vilify the JCPOA, calling it “the worst deal ever,” a term that has also been used for the agreement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden has suggested he could return the US to the agreement that was signed during Trump predecessor Barack Obama’s tenure.

Dankof said that “it's a supreme act of arrogance, and I think it underscores who actually runs the foreign policy of the United States, and in this case, Israel. According to these reports in Israeli Channel 12, as well as in the times of Israel, that they're putting Joe Biden on notice that ‘they'll have nothing to do with him in the event that the JCPOA P5+1 deal is entered into again by the United States.’”

“After all, the United States gives them $10 billion a year minimum. The United States is their chief political, economic, and military benefactor in that part of the world. In this particular instance this early on, for the Israelis to do something like this is absolutely outlandish,” he said.

“Now having said that, you have Antony Blinken, who is a Zionist Jew, and who is now the new Secretary of State of the United States, basically at the same time telling these Israeli media outlets that in effect he would ‘reengage with Israel and its Arab allies’ before the United States would consider re-entering this JCPOA treaty. This is already proving that Scott Ritter is correct in what he observed, and that is that Biden was being duplicitous during the presidential election campaign in saying that the United States would re-enter the deal. Ritter, I think had it down correctly Biden, in essence, was committing himself to JCPOA P5+1, which is the correct position to have certainly and I say that as a member of the Buchanan Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party,” the analyst said.  

“But having said that, Ritter predicted that Biden would attach so many conditions to re-entry of the United States in the JCPOA P5+1 that the Iranians could not possibly be expected to go for all the attachment of all of these new conditions, and that the Iranians quite rightly would reject the deal, only to be blamed for the deal not being restarted again,” he noted.

“So this is what's happening here. And we're already beginning to see the evidence of the amount of pressure that the Israeli government and the Israeli lobby are now exerting on Joe Biden and working this time, not through Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, and Nikki Haley, and through all of these Zionist Republicans in Capitol Hill. But in this instance, you're going to see the extent to which all of these Zionists who now surround Joe Biden, including Blinken, including Avril Haines the new CIA director, including Hillary Clinton who is probably going to be our ambassador to the UN, and of course Victoria Nuland now crops up again in a Biden administration, her husband, of course, Robert Kagan, who is a key figure in the project of the New American Century, and the so-called clean break documents. And of course, Robert Kagan is one of the chief Zionist Jews in Israel's lobby in the United States,” he said.  

“So this is where we are at this particular point in time. This is an example of what I was telling Salaam media in South Africa late last night, and that is that if you look at some of the best sources on this, ranging from Glenn Greenwald, of course, to Caitlyn Johnstone to Finian Cunningham, you're going to see that Joe Biden is absolutely no different from Donald Trump in foreign policy once the cards are out there on the table. I believe this nuclear deal is dead,” he said.

“And as I said to South African media last night. Trump's criminal actions in the assassination of Soleimani, have I think set the United States and Iran on a course of action that can lead only to a war, and a war that will be basically started by a false flag, or other means, but we'll have the hands of Israel, and their domestic lobby in the United States behind it,” the analyst noted.

“So in this particular case, I think the JCPOA P5+1 treaty is essentially dead. Biden has had an opportunity here to put the Israelis in their place. The signs from Blinken absolutely indicate the opposite. And at the end of the day, I believe I'm going to be proven a sad prophet once again. And that is that this latest presidential administration is going to be no better than all the presidential administrations since the end of World War Two, with the possible exception of John Kennedy, of course, in doing whatever it is that Israel wants,” he stated.

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