Israel fears normalization of US-Iran ties, not nuclear agreement: Activist

Israel is against the conclusion of Iran nuclear talks because it is afraid of normalization of relations between Tehran and Washington, a peace activist says.

Brian Becker told Press TV on Thursday that Israel therefore is aggressively working to sabotage the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries to prevent peace in the Middle East and maintain its strategic role in US foreign policy.

He made the remarks after Israel’s ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer called on Republicans in Congress to reject the accord.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fiercely opposed any nuclear agreement. He is pressing Washington to reject the nuclear conclusion reached earlier this month.

Iran and the P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany –  reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14 in the Austrian capital of Vienna following days of intensive talks over Tehran’s nuclear program.

“The Netanyahu administration is furiously working to sabotage and overturn the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by the United States and the P5+1 countries with Iran not because Israel fears that Iran’s nuclear program poses an imminent or even long-term threat to Israel, but because they fear an outbreak of peace between the United States and Iran,” said Becker, the national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition, a US-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.

“If there was a diminution or lessening of tensions between the United States and Iran, if there was a rapprochement or normalization of relationship between the United States and Iran, then Israel as an extension of American military power in the Middle East would become as they perceive it less important in terms of US strategic and foreign policy,” Becker said.

“The Israeli regime fears for its own existence, again not because of a danger of war, but because peace in the Middle East or lessening of tensions in the Middle East would make its own role less significant in terms of US foreign policy calculations,” he added.

The Obama administration insists that Iran nuclear agreement is the only alternative to more wars in the Middle East.

By Press TV