AIPAC wants to ‘accelerate breaking Iran nuclear talks’: Analyst
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is seeking to “accelerate breaking” nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, an analyst says.
Ralph Schoenman, the author of “Hidden History of Zionism,” made the comments in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.
The White House is reportedly considering boycotting the annual conference of the AIPAC lobbying group.
The tensions erupted after House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress on March 3 against Iran without consulting the White House.
“Ultimately, these are tactical disputes (between the US and Israel) about what we call soft-cop, hard-cop because the Zionist lobby AIPAC is actually entirely sustained and supported in the interest of the ruling class in the US … it’s little game they are playing together,” Schoenman said.
Boehner has been criticized by President Barack Obama and some members of Congress.
Critics say the timing of the invitation “appears to be an attempt to promote new sanctions legislation against Iran that could undermine critical negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.”
According to officials, it was first decided that Obama will deliver a speech himself on Iran to refute the two speeches Netanyahu is scheduled to deliver during his visit, an idea which has been discarded now.
However, there are other options still available. One of them is for Obama to have an interview with a prominent journalist known for covering the rift between the president and Netanyahu.
Another possibility is to have multiple Sunday television shows attended by senior national security aides which would snub America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, according to officials.
The AIPAC is holding its annual meeting while the Israeli prime minister is in Washington, DC.
Schoenman believes that Washington wants to put pressure on the Islamic Republic to “subordinate” the country.
“Israel has a huge nuclear arsenal with Hydrogen bombs, missiles that are completely built, financed, and sustained by the United States from its inception,” he said.
“The attempt by Iran to have nuclear energy for peaceful developments and purposes has been demonized into completely fabricated claim that it is designed to obtain a nuclear weapon,” he added.