In a Wednesday interview, Middle East expert James Petras pointed to Israel’s threats of war against Iran amid Tehran’s ongoing nuclear talks with the six world powers, and said, “I do not think Israel would dare to attack Iran because it would face enormous repercussions.”
“What they are trying to do with the war threat is pressure the United States to harden its position with Iran under the pretext that greater sanctions can avoid an Israeli military attack,” he noted.
The analyst argued that escalation of US sanctions will not lead to settlement of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program and noted that the only solution to the issue is for Washington to follow through the ongoing efforts for a nuclear agreement with Tehran.
While both Iran and the six powers have expressed satisfaction over the substantive progress they have made during the ongoing talks and their optimism over the prospect of striking a deal in the near future, Israel, which is widely believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East, has repeatedly warned against the consequences of such an agreement and threatened to take unilateral action against Iran.
Israel is exerting pressure on the US administration and Congress as well as other Western countries to prevent a potential nuclear deal with Iran.
Iran and six world powers – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – on Thursday started the second day of their new round of talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
During the last round of talks in Geneva in early November, a first-step agreement was within reach but the position taken by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in favor of the Israeli regime and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations.