Iran has been accused of practicing “nuclear blackmail”. Does Israel affect Washington’s position in the Vienna negotiations?

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Mark Fitzpatrick, the former US deputy assistant secretary of state for nuclear disarmament, ruled out that Washington would resort to stopping the ongoing talks in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear program because Israel asked it to do so.

The former US Assistant Secretary of State added that he was surprised that Israel asked the United States to stop the Vienna negotiations, and described the Israeli request as unwise.

However, the American guest – who was speaking for an episode of “Beyond the News” program (2021/12/2) – stressed that his country pays attention to what Israel says, sympathizes and understands its concern, noting that Tel Aviv has military capabilities, but it will not launch a military strike. On Iran without a green light from Washington.

And if the Vienna negotiations fail and the US administration gets frustrated – adds Fitzpatrick – the Americans may present a “yellow” light to Israel.

Israel had accused Iran of practicing what it called nuclear blackmail, and called on the United States to stop the Vienna negotiations. This comes in parallel with an Israeli warning of the possibility of a strike on Iran, and its approval to purchase weapons and ammunition worth about two billion dollars.

On the other hand, the same spokesman believes that the parties in Vienna are negotiating seriously in order to reach an agreement, and that Iran is ready to make concessions, in exchange for American flexibility.

For his part, Mustafa Khosh Jashem, professor of media and politics at Fars University, believes that the Israeli threat to Iran seeks to achieve several goals, including putting pressure on Iran to achieve Washington’s demands in the Vienna negotiations, and influencing the negotiations themselves.

Khosh Geshem accuses Israel of sabotage and terrorism, believing that war is a red line for it and that it fears it as well as Washington.

Regarding the Vienna negotiations, the Iranian guest asserts that the Europeans and Americans entered the negotiations with a fixed agenda to thwart them, and did not show any response to Iran’s proposal, which he said did not seek to acquire nuclear weapons, but rather developed in the field of nuclear technology.

In response to a question about the impact of the current developments on the Gulf region, Khush Jeshem believes that the Gulf states are monitoring the situation to find out the new balance of power in the region, and expressed his hope that these countries would take what he considered wise decisions, and that the Arabs would not be deceived – as he said – by the attempts of Israel and Washington .

Israeli position

On the Israeli side, the Israeli writer and political analyst, Akiva Eldar, considers that Tel Aviv’s threat to the possibility of a military strike on Iran is a message to the Israeli interior, and he ruled out that the military option is practically on the table for Israel, because it has to think about the position of China and Russia.

While he talked about the existence of “seriousness” in the Vienna negotiations to reach an agreement, the Israeli guest asserts that the first strategic interest for Israel is to maintain its close relationship with Washington rather than undermine the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran and world powers are trying, at talks in Vienna, to revive the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran curbs its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United States and the United Nations.


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