While the Israelis have proven time and again that they flout international laws and UN resolutions,
they mask their own quest for regional dominance by getting western powers to do their bidding
By Tariq A. Al Maeena | Special to Gulf News
Published: 20:00 November 16, 2013
I have occasionally been irritated by the belligerence demonstrated by the Iranian governments in recent times, and more so when the rhetoric from the previous government under Mahmoud Ahmedinejad sometimes bordered on the confrontational with Iran’s Gulf neighbours. Thankfully it was more a public relations inspired commentary.
But there is another form of belligerence that continues right in front of our eyes and that is of the Israeli onslaught against rightful owners of the land and its Arab neighbours. This is not empty rhetoric but a systematic annihilation of lives and property that have been documented by global organisations, and sanctioned by successive Israeli governments over the past six decades.
The Israelis have successfully used their proxy moles in various western governments to carry out their aggressive campaigns. It was their Aipac (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) agents in the United States who steered the country into a meaningless war with Iraq, one that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia clearly defined as illegitimate. Aipac, which heavily finances neo-conservative and like-minded groups within the US, often steers US foreign policy particularly in the Middle East contrary to the democratic principles for which the country stands for, much to the chagrin of the region’s inhabitants. In whose interest were Paul Wolfowitz or Dick Cheney acting then when they goaded the US into a senseless war which has resulted in untold human misery? It was certainly not in the interest of the United States!
Today, Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu is extremely worried as Iran, with a new government, is taking a positive approach to working out a solution in its nuclear talks with the West. Following President Hassan Rouhani’s conciliatory message in front of the UN General Assembly in September, Israel has been on a similar covert offensive to discredit and dismantle any steps that would lead to fruitful negations between the Iranians and the West.
Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/@talmaeena