Former Mossad Chief: Iran Deal An Opportunity For Israel
The international community’s nuclear deal with Iran presents Israel with a unique opportunity to band together with Sunni Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to create a “new order” in the Middle East, argued a former chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.
In an interview on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” (broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM), Shabtai Shavit, who served as Mossad director from 1989 to 1996, posited there is now a “unique opportunity to try and create a coalition of moderate Arab countries headed by Saudi Arabia and Israel, both in order to address the Iranian potential nuclear capability in the future and also in order to create a new order in the Middle East.”
The former Mossad director explained that the Iran nuclear agreement and the rise of Islamic extremist groups worldwide serve as major threats to not only Israel but also to moderate Sunni Arab countries.
Said Shavit: “Iran is considered to be the adversary of all those countries that you mentioned, of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the Emirates. … In other words, the more moderate Sunni Islam…
“So we share real interests, both on the nonconventional issue and on the relationship between the Sunni moderate Islam and the radical Shiite and also Sunni elements. I’m referring, of course, to the global jihad in general and specifically to Dayish [ISIS] and the other extremist groups in the Middle East and beyond.”
Shavit suggested Sunni Arab countries could play a constructive role in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian accord.
Iran Lies To Its People On Nuclear Agreement
There seems to be a disconnect between the text of the nuclear deal with Iran and the way the Iranian government is presenting the specific terms of the historic agreement, a KleinOnline analysis has found.
Reflecting the Islamist party line in Tehran, Iran’s official IRNA state-run news agency released what it called a “Summary of provisions of the CJPOA” referring to the Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action affirmed by Iran and six world powers, including the U.S.
Iran’s “summary” seems to distort the actual text of the deal.
Regarding the lifting of sanctions, the IRNA claims that “all economic, financial sanctions in banking, finance, oil, gas, petrochemical, commerce, insurance and transportations leveled by the European Union and the U.S. under the pretext to Iran’s nuclear program, will be lifted on early stages of the agreement.”
The news agency fails to inform that according to the agreement, U.S. sanctions will only be removed once the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency verifies Tehran is in compliance with the “implementation of the agreed nuclear-related measures.”
Iran portrays the agreement as affirming that Tehran’s entire “nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, no centrifuges will be dismantled and research and development on key and advanced centrifuges such as IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, IR-8 will continue.”
However, the specifics of the agreement put “agreed limitations on all uranium enrichment and uranium enrichment-related activities including certain limitations on specific research and development (R&D) activities for the first 8 years.”
The text of the deal states Iran “will commence testing of up to 30 IR-6 and IR-8 centrifuges after eight and a half years” and that “Iran will continue to conduct enrichment R&D in a manner that does not accumulate enriched uranium.”
Iran’s state-run media boasted the agreement allows the controversial Arak Heavy Water Reactor to “continue its work and remain intact, to be modernized, and equipped with latest technology, new laboratories and new installations and through cooperation with the owners of most sophisticated and most secure technologies in the world.”