While Israel with its ever growing paranoia of Iran continues to lobby the US government, hoping to drive a wedge at the heart of Tehran-Washington’s nascent friendship, bent on annihilating Iran’s civilian nuclear program, it is not really uranium which troubles the mind of Tel Aviv, but rather what the new US-Iran agreement implies for its strategic future in the immediate region and its broader role within the international community.
Just as Iran has been treated as a political and economic pariah by western powers over the past decades, Israel fears that the return of the Islamic Republic as a legitimate and natural power broker will, in essence, spell an end to Tel Aviv’s Zionist hegemony and lay waste its plans for regional domination, at a time when its politicians thought they had all but subdued the Levant and the Middle East region.
While it is not difficult to understand why Israel expressed serious reservations over the preliminary US-Iran agreement – which, for now, halts further sanctions against Tehran – Tel Aviv’s real fears lie in its future.
Ever the odd one out in the region, Israel has always had to rely on its ability to pre-empt on its neighbors’ strategic alliances or moves against its own positions, through the use of brutal force.
This was witnessed in Lebanon in 2006 when the Israeli army sought to destroy the Hezbollah – political isolation or economic blackmail.
Another case in point is that Israel has managed to secure its peace treaty with Egypt by playing the financial aid card and the threat of political retaliation should Cairo ever rise against Tel Aviv.
However, Iran’s tactical victory came to put a definite spin on this strategy, changing every data of the equation.
While today Israel is not facing any immediate threat, it is already showing the telltale signs of political corrosion as new alliances are being formed in the region, all sounding the death knell of Israel’s brutal regime and imperialistic dreams.
Although Israel’s current strategic position has been classified as excellent by some security analysts and political experts, its officials know well that such analyses are mercurial.
Even though Israel managed through clever scheming and covert maneuvering to keep its borders with Egypt safe, at least for the immediate future, terror experts have already warned that the presence of al-Qaeda cells in the Sinai and the Gaza strip will soon mean that Israel will directly face the very monster it helped created.
The same is true for Syria. As Saudi Arabia continues to support Takfiri militias against President Bashar al-Assad, as to impose its supremacy on the Levant, Israel could soon find itself on the receiving end of the terror it so wholeheartedly sought to spread in the region.
Should President Assad fail to contain the Saudi-engineered terror threat, Israel will stand first in line against a herd of Salafi bloodhounds.
In Lebanon, the Hezbollah, under the leadership of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has grown its missile capacity to the point where Israeli military officials were contemplating launching a pre-emptive strike, as to bring down the threat level. Behind all its bravado and vengeful narrative, Israel knows it is steadily losing ground to its enemies in the region.
In hindsight, Israel should have taken Nasrallah’s warnings much more seriously. “In the history of mankind, this has happened many times, and occupation leaders hang on to the land that they’re occupying. People fight to liberate their land. But in the end, the people’s will is what achieves victory.”
Decades into its crusade against the Muslim world at the heart of Islam’s dominion, Israel is waking up to a new reality, now that its staunchest ally, the US, is opening up to new strategic alliances and thus possibilities.
If anything, Israel knows that should push comes to shove, only Washington’s military might could help save the illegitimate entity. It is with this end in mind that Israel cannot and will not tolerate any strategic alliance between the US and Iran, its natural enemy.
Keenly aware of Israel’s inadequacy before the super-power that is Iran, Benyamin Netanyahu has resorted to underlings to hike up the narrative of war, desperate to rally the Pentagon as well as all Western powers to its cause. In this context, Iran’s nuclear program supersedes Israel’s other security priorities.
But does Israel really believe that Iran is planning to develop a nuclear weapon? Not likely! Israeli officials have only used the threat of a nuclear holocaust as a strategic political tool. It does not believe its own propaganda.
What really rattles Netanyahu’s cage is the knowledge that his talk of war and airstrikes cannot and will not get Israel to attack Iran. For the first time since it invaded Palestine and carved out its illegitimate entity, Israel has found one enemy it could neither buy nor threaten into submission. Unstoppable, Iran’s shadow now stretches over Tel Aviv, making officials stir uneasy.
More than anything Israel fears the time when its enemies will discover its inherent vulnerability, especially since Washington seems more interested in building new alliances in the region, as to move away from its decades-long rhetoric of war in the region.
Although the US is still interested in what happens in the region, for obvious economic and geopolitical reasons, it does not want to continue to use force there. Instead, President Obama wants to have multiple relations with regional actors, not just Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Left standing in an ever-decreasing corner, Israel rages powerless against its own unsustainability.