Episode 337 – The REAL Middle East Nuclear Threat

05/11/201829 Comments

There is in fact a Middle Eastern nation that is in fact in control of a vast, undeclared stockpile of nuclear weapons. This nation does have the capability of deploying those weapons anywhere in the region. It is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and its arsenal has never been inspected by any international agency. But this nation is not Iran. It’s Israel.

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DONALD TRUMP: I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction.

SOURCE: President Trump Gives Remarks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

When President Trump announced that the US was going to de-certify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and reinstitute sanctions on that country, one of the reasons he cited for that move was the presentation of “new” evidence from Israeli intelligence showing that the Iranians had lied about its nuclear program during the negotiation of that deal.

TRUMP: Last week Israel published intelligence documents long concealed by Iran conclusively showing the Iranians regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: A few weeks ago, in a great intelligence achievement, Israel obtained half a ton of the material inside these vaults. And here’s what we got: 55,000 pages; another 55,000 files on 183 CDs. Everything you’re about to see is an exact copy of the original Iranian material.

SOURCE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

Theatrical props and dramatic rhetoric aside, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent presentation on the “Iranian nuclear deal” in fact contained no new information.

That Iran had explored a nuclear weapons program prior to 2003 has been known and admitted for years. That they have an archive of this information is not a violation of the Iranian nuclear deal completed in 2015. In fact, if anything, Netanyahu’s presentation actually proved the exact opposite of what was intended: Namely, that Iran is abiding by the terms of that treaty and is not covertly pursuing any nuclear weapons activity. That’s why they had to go back to 15-year-old information and present it as if it was something new and revelatory.

But here’s the real head-scratcher in this new round of propaganda over the Iranian nuclear non-threat: There is in fact a Middle Eastern nation that is in fact in control of a vast, undeclared stockpile of nuclear weapons. This nation does have the capability of deploying those weapons anywhere in the region. It is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and its arsenal has never been inspected by any international agency. But this nation is not Iran. It’s Israel.

This is the story of the real Middle East Nuclear Threat. You’re watching The Corbett Report.

Hand-wringing over Iran’s nuclear program is nothing new. It became a mainstay of Western political discourse after an Iranian dissident revealed the Iranian government’s plans for a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz in August 2002. But the surprising fact for Americans and others around the world who get their information from the corporate mainstream media, is that Iran’s pre-2003 nuclear weapons program has long been known and admitted. Since 2003, when the program was scrapped, not a single piece of evidence has been presented (not even by Netanyahu or the Israeli government) that the Iranian government ever pursued anything other than what it said it was pursuing: a nuclear energy program.

Not that that fact has ever stopped Netanyahu from using any opportunity to use cartoon-level propaganda tactics to convince the world otherwise:

NETANYAHU: In the case of Iran’s nuclear plans to build a bomb, this bomb has to be filled with enough enriched uranium. And Iran has to go through three stages.

The first stage: They have to enrich enough of low enriched uranium. The second stage: They have to enrich enough medium enriched uranium. And the third stage and final stage: They have to enrich enough high enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Where’s Iran? Iran’s completed the first stage. It took them many years, but they completed it, and they’re 70% of the way there.

Now they are well into the second stage. By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage. From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks, before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Ladies and gentlemen, what I told you now is not based on secret information. It’s not based on military intelligence. It’s based on the public reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Anybody can read them. They’re online.

So if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn?

A red line should be drawn right here. Before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. Before Iran gets to a point where it’s a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

Now each day, that point is getting closer. That’s why I speak today with such a sense of urgency.

SOURCE: Israel PM Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu Address to United Nations Sept 27, 2012

Of course, Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons, and Netanyahu’s Wile E. Coyote bomb and red-line warnings bore no greater semblance to reality than the cartoon propaganda surrounding Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction.” Not only did the IAEA repeatedly confirm that Iran never diverted any nuclear material into any military program, but even the US intelligence community itself conceded that Iran was not trying to build a nuclear bomb. Most remarkable of all was Mossad’s own assessment that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.”

As I detailed earlier this year in “We Need to Talk About the Iran Protests,” fearmongering over Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons program was the basis for an extraordinary series of measures against the country in recent decades. These measures include “NITRO ZEUS,” a full-scale military cyberattack against Iran, the best-known element of which was Stuxnet, the military-grade cyberweapon co-developed by the United States and Israel that specifically targeted Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz.

Iran’s non-existent nuclear program also provided the pretext for sanctions aimed at crippling the country’s economy, including the de-listing of Iranian banks from the Swift Network connecting the world’s financial institutions.

The fearmongers even went so far as to plant evidence of nuclear weapons involvement on Iran to further justify these attacks.

But the great irony is that there really is a nuclear armed nation in the Middle East. It is not a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It does not allow inspections of its arsenal. It does not even officially acknowledge its stockpile of nuclear weapons. It has even resisted the push for an international treaty recognizing a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. And that country is Israel.

Sometimes ranked as the world’s sixth largest nuclear superpower, Israel actively pursued a nuclear program from the time of its inception as a state in 1948. By the late 1950s, they had begun building a reactor and reprocessing plant at Dimona with British and French aid. And by 1967, a classified CIA report estimated that Israel would be capable of producing a nuclear warhead in “six to eight weeks.” Shortly thereafter, it is believed, Israel began producing and stockpiling a nuclear arsenal.

OLENKA FRENKIEL: It was the young Shimon Peres, back in the ’50s who negotiated a secret deal with the French to buy a nuclear weapons reactor like theirs. But while Dimona was going up, intelligence reports reached Washington that Israel was building an atom bomb.

Despite claims that Dimona was for peaceful purposes only, Israel’s leader, Ben Gurion, was summoned to Washington. President Kennedy feared an arms race in the Middle East and demanded inspections. But when inspectors finally entered the plant in May 1961, they were tricked. They were shown a fake control room on the ground floor. They were unaware of the six floors below where the plutonium was made.

PETER HOUNAM, freelance journalist: Well, this was something of great pride and almost a legendary story in Dimona, according to Vanunu. When the Americans came they were completely hoodwinked. All the entrances, including the lift shafts, were bricked up and plastered over, so it was impossible for anyone to find their way down to the lower floors.

FRENKIEL: After Kennedy’s assassination, the pressure on Israel was off. His successor, Lyndon Johnson, turned a blind eye. Then, in 1969, Israel’s Golda Meir and President Richard Nixon struck a deal, renewed by every President to this day. Israel’s nuclear programme could continue as long as it was never made public. It’s called “nuclear ambiguity.”

The term “nuclear ambiguity,” in some ways it sounds very grand. But isn’t it just a euphemism for deception?

SHIMON PERES, former Prime Minister of Israel: If somebody wants to kill you, and you use a deception to save your life, it is not immoral. If we wouldn’t have enemies, we wouldn’t need deceptions. We wouldn’t need deterrent.

FRENKIEL: Was this the justification for concealing the floors of the plutonium reprocessing areas from the Americans, the inspectors, when they came?

PERES: You are having a dialogue with yourself, not with me.

FRENKIEL: But that’s been documented in a number of books.

PERES: Ask the question to yourself, not to me.

FRENKIEL: But, I mean, is it not true?

PERES: I don’t have to answer your questions, even. I don’t see any reason why.

FRENKIEL: Ambiguity is a luxury unique to Israel. Today the country’s an inspection-free zone, protected from scrutiny by America and her allies.

SOURCE: Israel’s Secret Weapon

Although estimates vary, it is now believed that Israel has somewhere between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads and that it possesses the capability to deliver these warheads to Iran.

The existence of this stockpile, while known to governments around the world for decades, was only revealed to the public in 1986, when The Sunday Times published photographic proof and a detailed account of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. That story was provided by Mordechai Vanunu, a technician at the Dimona facility, who spent decades behind bars for his part in revealing this truth to the world.

NARRATOR: On October the 5th, 1986, The Sunday Times announced they had evidence to prove that Israel had become the world’s sixth biggest nuclear power, having developed their arsenal beneath the Negev desert at Dimona. Photographs like this were given to The Sunday Times by a former technician at Dimona, Mordechai Vanunu.

[. . .]

Mordechai Vanunu’s family, Moroccan Jews, settled in the Negev in the early ’60s, inspired by the idea of being a part of Israel. Vanunu did national service in the army. Then, while he worked at Dimona, he began studying philosophy. He became active in student politics. He opposed Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. Vanunu came to believe that Israel’s nuclear development program was immoral. He left Dimona and, eventually, Israel itself.

Vanunu arrived in Sydney armed with photographs he’d taken inside Dimona. Here, he turned his back on Judaism and became a Christian. He met Oscar Guerrero, a Colombian journalist who urged him to sell his secrets to The Sunday Times. His evidence was processed at a local photo shop. Vanunu talked openly about what he’d done.

It’s said that by the time Vanunu arrived in London on September the 12th, 1986, Australian intelligence had already alerted MI6 and the CIA, and MossadIsraeli intelligencehad already begun questioning his family in Israel. The Sunday Times disguised their informant and moved him from place to place for protection. But in Leicester Square one day, Vanunu met a blonde who called herself “Cindy,” a beautician from Florida. Meanwhile, Oscar Guerrero, eager to profit from what he knew, turned to The Sunday Mirror. Vanunu’s photograph appeared on page one. Vanunu began to despair. At this point, Cindy was able to lure him to Rome to spend the weekend with her at her sister’s apartment. Not once did Vanunu suspect that Cindy was a Mossad agent and that this was the beginning of a plot to kidnap him.

In Rome, the tactics of the Mossad agents changed dramatically.

MEIR VANUNU: In the apartment, two Israeli agents attacked him and bit him and strangled him really hard. And then chained him, injected drugs [in]to his body. And later on he woke up in a small cell on a boat. The boat went to Israel for a few days and he arrived to Israel on the 7th of October, 1986.

NARRATOR: Vanunu was assumed dead until he turned up weeks later in Tel Aviv. Vanunu himself, on his way to court, gave the first clue of what had happened to him. Scrawled on his hand was the message “Vanunu was hijacked from Rome, Italy. 30.9.86. BA 504.”

SOURCE: Vanunu’s exposure of Israels nuclear program

But a key element of this story is missing from the handful of documentaries that do acknowledge Israel’s nuclear stockpile. Namely, that these weapons were not merely developed by Israeli scientists working in isolation, but with the aid of a nuclear smuggling ring that helped develop and advance Israel’s arsenal by stealing important nuclear technologies from their “ally,” the United States. These smuggling rings and their activities have been known about and even investigated by the FBI for decades, but largely kept secret from the public.

It has fallen to researchers like Grant F. Smith of IRMEP.org, author of Divert!: NUMEC, Zalman Shapiro and the Diversion of US Weapons Grade Uranium into the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program, to piece together the story from the documents that have been released. On The Corbett Report in 2012, Smith revealed the name of one of the high-powered Israeli officials who was at the heart of a plot in the 1970s to smuggle 800 nuclear triggers from the United States.

GRANT F. SMITH: In terms of the FBI uncovering a multi-node network, this one happened to be centered in California. MILCO was a company that was incorporated in 1972 by a man named Richard Kelly Smyth. He was discovered sending 800 krytrons, which are dual-use items that could be used to trigger nuclear weapons. When he was discovered doing that, he skipped bail in the mid-1980s and disappeared until he was picked up by Interpol in the early part of 2000.

And so the story is interesting and explosive, because after multiple attempts and denials, we had a document release in which the key contact, or one of the key contacts, that Smyth was meeting with to set up sales in Israel was none other than Benjamin Netanyahu. And so the documentwhich I’m kind of holding up right here for the people who are on videoactually names Benjamin Netanyahu as being an employee of Heli Trading Company, which was the node in Israel that would receive Ministry of Defense requisitions that they would pass on to MILCO.

And so the interesting thing about this, of course, is the high-profile nature of Benjamin Netanyahu [and] the fact that the smuggling ring ringleader has been identified as Arnon Milchan, a person any American knows for his movie productions, such as Pretty Woman and other favorites, who is running this and who a recent book has named as being a top economic espionage spy for LAKAM, who worked under Benjamin Bloomberg and Rafi Eitan. But the FBI document that we published on July 4 related to an antiwar.com story, which was really short and direct. And its core focus was on the fact that in a period when Netanyahu was building himself up as a leader in the terrorism industryhosting major conferences, having just returned from his studies in the United States, hosting major conferences in the Jonathan Netanyahu Terrorism Institute, named after his brother who was killed on the raid on Entebbe.

Here’s a person who was supposed to be working as a furniture company executive, and yet these documents, which are very credible because of what they were, which is testimony from Richard Kelly Smyth after he was returned from his exile overseas and finally forced serve a prison sentence. These were the statements he made to an FBI agent in a district attorney office when they debriefed and wanted to know what the extent of the nuclear technology smuggling network was, andboom!there’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

SOURCE: Corbett Report Radio 214 – Israel’s Nuclear Smuggling with Grant F. Smith

Benjamin Netanyahu. And now this unindicted nuclear smuggler is lecturing Iran about a 15-year-old, long-acknowledged nuclear weapons program that never produced a single nuclear weapon.

Even more worryingly, Israel’s nuclear knowledge has not only helped to arm its own nation, but actually helped to proliferate nuclear weapons to Pakistan through the so-called Khan network. One of the men who helped to transfer the nuclear triggers used in the construction of the Pakistani bomb was Asher Karni, an orthodox Jew living in South Africa who had been a major in the Israeli army prior to emigrating to Cape Town. Upon his arrival there in 1985, he began teaching the Torah at the local synagogue and educating Jewish youth, encouraging them to relocate to Israel.

In 2004, U.S. authorities arrested Karni for his role in supplying the nuclear triggers, and in 2005 he was sentenced to three years in prison. It has never been officially explained why this Israeli citizen and former Israeli military officer was interested in helping proliferate nuclear technologies to Pakistan.

But perhaps the greatest irony of all is that it is Iran who has been arguing for decades that the Middle East should be a nuclear-free zone. The idea was first floated by the Shah in 1969 and was first formally proposed by Iran in a joint UN General Assembly resolution, but the idea failed to garner any support. The idea was again raised by then-Iranian President Ahmedinejad in 2006 and yet again by then-Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki in 2008, but these calls to banish nuclear weapons from the Middle East have not even been acknowledged by the West, let alone seriously considered.

Now more than ever, the prospect of a nuclear-free Middle East seems the only way to prevent a nuclear conflagration that threatens to draw in the world’s superpowers, and yet this idea is being ignored by Israel and its staunchest ally, the United States.

Why does Israel refuse to declare its nuclear weapons stockpile?

Why do they refuse to sign on to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?

Why do they refuse IAEA inspections of their nuclear facility?

Why did they kidnap and imprison Mordechai Vanunu for 18 years for providing the proof of this nuclear program?

And perhaps most importantly, why does the United States, the only country who could single-handedly force NPT compliance from Israel, still refuse to even admit the openly-acknowledged status of Israel as a nuclear power?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for these questions to be answered by the teleprompter readers on the nightly news.

Still, as even many in the mainstream are now admitting, Netanyahu’s presentation on Iran’s nuclear non-secrets is a cheap display of political theatrics. The only thing he ended up doing is underlining the point that Iran, unlike Israel, fully cooperated with the IAEA, lived up to its obligations as a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and, pointedly, has not violated the 2015 nuclear deal.

And now that the United States has allowed the Israeli tail to wag the American dog once again by de-certifying that Iranian deal without valid cause, negotiators in North Korea and elsewhere will be watching, reminded yet again that a promise from the American empire isn’t worth the signed agreement it’s written on.

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  1. manbearpig says:

    Well, in the image of the legendary wandering Jew and the consequential wandering Arab, my own wandering (and totally unoriginal) thoughts upon viewing this latest Corbett video (for my own gratification):

    NUCLEAR AMBIGUITY: A deceptive euphemism for the refusal to set any basis for negotiating a nuclear arms program and stockpile.

    Proof of the Power of Language and the zionists’ exceptional, though not exclusive, talent for Doublespeak.

    No semantic recognition, no negotiation, no restrictions as the implications of negotiating, and thus of recognition are self-defeating.

    (Like the Palestinians who cannot recognize in Israel a Jewish state but who in contrast, make no deceptive semantic manoeuvers to hide their refusal to negotiate the institutionalization of racism and thus a basis for legalizing both the horrific future and current discrimination against them.)

    Vanunu: An authentic whistleblower who spent 18 years in prison 11 of which were in solitary confinement and who’s still paying the price for acting according to his conscience.

    Is a geostrategic alliance in the Middle East the only explanation for how Israel turned the U.S. into a milk-cow puppet?

    Along with The Creature from Jeckyll Island, Elizabeth Antebi’s

    Edmond de Rothschild, The Man who redeemed the Holy Land

    comes to mind.

    antebiel.com/EN/books/rothchild.html

    Also, Trump sure is doing a super job of taking down the image of America and the American dream, making it even more reactionary, bellicose and obsolete than his predecessors!

    Now Russia and China just have to vehemently protest to burnish the image of its replacement: the rising Smart, Sustainable super surveiled Agenda 2030 Dream…

    oh, and then there’s that nagging question of a generalized hot war…

    anyhow.

    • manbearpig says:

      p.s.: and “Read the Bill” (or the Iranian enrichment docs and agreements) lest you confuse old information with new and dire revelations when presented by such murderous spin doctors as Netanyahu…

      Can’t wait to read what more original and informed minds will have to say about this video, though! 😎

  2. VoiceOfArabi says:

    Hello James. I trust you had a good holiday…

    Excellent report, i enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Off course, it stressed me to almost breaking point as it confirms in my mind that….

    ***Might Is Right***

    As i said before… ignoring age-old wisdom is perilous mistake. And this report proves it further…

    When i was a little kid.. I learnt at the school yard that “Might Is Right”.

    When i got into college, I started reading Philosophy and Humanity, which made a lot of sense, and believed in a just-world.

    Since then, every day i get further proofs that the only golden rule is “Might Is Right”. (AKA the man with the gold rules)

    So, today, I can fully understand, and might even support people who advocate that the only way to get what is yours is by committing atrocities and walking over bodies (babies included).

    from my culture, the age-old wisdom goes…

    وما نيل المطالب بالتمني, ولكن تؤخذ الدنيا غلابا

    which translates to,

    “you cannot get what is yours by wishful thinking, the world can only be taken by force”

    • manbearpig says:

      Deception, bribery, creating confusion and profound feelings of guilt also seem to go a long way…

    • Gaslight says:

      I feel ‘ya VoiceofArabi, but violence is never the answer, nor do we even have it as an option anymore. It’s now a battle of inner space; i.e. the six inches between our respective ears. We must harbor the heart of a child, and the wisdom of the serpent.

      This is why I respect and support James Corbett.

      • VoiceOfArabi says:

        Hello Gaslight,

        Thanks for your comment, and I don’t believe in violence either. But common sense dictates that in this situation, you have to accept evil…

        Allow me to give you an example….

        Would you turn the other cheek when confronted by an Al Qa’ada mob or Osama Bin Laden.. The obvious answer is NO, as if you do, you die. (they don’t accept others.. you either do what they want or you die.)

        There are some powers around the world that only understand the language of power. Al Qa’ada, Osama Bin Ladin, The Crips gang, etc etc.. and unfortunately, the US of A and Israel comes under the same rule…

        If you are powerful and can inflict damage, USA will negotiate with you and deal as an equal (North Korea)

        If you turn the other cheek (or weak), then you will end up dead (with a stick up your bottom like the late Libyan leader).

        History proves that USA only backs down and become reasonable once you inflict damage on it, and sadly on the innocent US of A soldiers, as the case in Vietnam, Iraq, etc, etc.

        Do i believe in violence… answer is NO.. But you have to carry a “big stick” when you roam the jungle (or the school yard!)

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          I am with ya.

          I have no stomach for bullies who destroy the lives of others, those sickos who try to dominate and impinge control.

          Like you, I abhor physical violence. But dang, I am sure going to try to be as cleverly effective as I can to extinguish a bully’s influence.

        • mik says:

          I have no problem with violence, even with first strike. (I’m not bully)

          Like with everything in life, be aware of what you want.

          Preferably, total awareness. And then…violence is usually not a wise decision.

        • Gaslight says:

          Hello Voice of Arabi,

          Al Qa’ada and Osama Bin Laden are western assets. So we’re talking about Arabs who pretend to oppose western opression. They do not. They’re allied with the west in a game of deception. They’re cosmopolitans. The clique have no allegiance to any Nation, race, or religion.

          Folks like James Corbett are very important in uniting us all as just plain human beings, and I hope we’re up to the task.

          It’s a pleasure having conversation with you friend.

  3. Gaslight says:

    It really is quite sad. A Nation (USA) of overgrown children.

    Is admitting we’ve been used such a bitter pill that we’ll blow our sons & daughters to bloody bits rather than swallow it? Apparently so.

    We’re shown further confirmation with each passing day: The contrived marriage of pride and ignorance that’s been bred into us is a deadly thing.

  4. pearl says:

    I was curious to learn more about Arnon Milchan, so naturally my first thought was to check Tom Secker, and, sure enough, he covered him:

    spyculture.com/movie-producer-israeli-nuclear-smuggling-ring/

    And, wow, the smug arrogance of Shimon Peres responding, “You are having a dialogue with yourself, not with me.” That kind of talk could earn a bloody nose real quick.

    Thanks for this enlightening report.

  5. manbearpig says:

    Dunno why the creation of Pakistan might be an interesting subject of investigation…

    Oh! lemme check if it’s already been covered here by Mr Corbett!?

    How America helped Pakistan get the Bomb! Ok!

    But I mean, maybe the epic saga or the Brits leaving India, during Ghandi’s heyday and all that… so as I’m striving to be a hero now, guess I’ll just check all that on my own when I’ve finished my translation and fill yall in if I find anything post-worthy!
    8-))

  6. mik says:

    Excellent article by Tony Cartalucci

    America Planned to Break “Iran Nuclear Deal” Years Before Signing It
    https://journal-neo.org/2018/05/08/america-planned-to-break-iran-nuclear-deal-years-before-signing-it/

    USA needs more military power.

    Why is Washington reactivating its Second Fleet?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHu4FtJbjgE

    If you put James’ lecture Echoes Of WWI into the mix…
    No good.

  7. mellander says:

    There’s always going to be someone with nuclear arms….I’d rather Israel and the US, and allies have them than Muslims
    However, the Satanic overlord controlling all of this is the Vatican..

    • Gaslight says:

      High level Muslims (i.e.; the ones publicly screaming jihad all day) are strong USA allies. Thick as thieves in fact. I suggest you do not have clear comprehension of the material presented here.

  8. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I am guessing that Saudi Arabia is all ‘grins’ about this recent Iranian scenario.

    • Gaslight says:

      The “recent Iran scenario” is no different than the last half century. USA and its allies tell us all how dangerous, and scary Iran is while they kick the hell out of everyone except Iran. Israel and Iran always remain in tact in order to give this game (at least a thin veil of) credibility.

  9. beadbud5000 says:

    I’m sorry but Israel flat out disgusts me!

  10. scpat says:

    Now that the US is not in the deal anymore, some of the next questions should be:

    -Will this move isolate the US and Israel from the rest of the world?

    There are European countries that want to trade with Iran. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, “Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?” Le Maire asked. “Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?”
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/france-europe-not-us-vassal-iran-nuclear-deal-donald-trump-germany-sanctions/

    -If the US starts hot war with Iran, how could this change the geopolitical landscape?

    Might Russia, Hezbollah, Iraq, get involved to defend Iran? Might countries support Iran passively by withdrawing aspects of support for the US, isolating the US to an extent? Might other certain countries (Russia & China) strengthen ties due to displacement of trade from Iran?

    From article titled “Germany seeks Russian support after Donald Trump’s Iran decision”
    China is the largest purchaser of Iranian oil, and the two countries agreed to increase their trade to $600 billion (€502 billion) over 10 years — by comparison, annual German-Iranian trade amounts to around €3 billion. In 2014, Russia signed a five-year, $20 billion energy deal with Iran that sidestepped then-applicable Western sanctions. Trade between the EU and Iran has remained sluggish even after the loosening of the sanctions in early 2016.

    Trump’s decision [to withdraw from nuclear deal] will encourage more cooperation between Iran and China regardless of what the US or the Europeans want. China opened a new rail connection with Iran to transport goods on Thursday, and it’s thought that Chinese companies are ready to swoop in, should Total cancel its contract with Iran.
    http://www.dw.com/en/germany-seeks-russian-support-after-donald-trumps-iran-decision/a-43745277

    Also…
    https://www.corbettreport.com/update-china-to-start-paying-yuan-for-oil/

    https://www.corbettreport.com/chinas-new-world-order-gold-backed-oil-benchmark-on-the-way/

    • mkey says:

      I doubt any of these European “nation states” can amount to much. The French lost quite a lot on those helicopter carriers contracted by Russia, sale of which had been canceled due to “sanctions.” Back then, they said nothing, just kneeled and took a deep breath.

      Germany, on the other hand, could start going their own way and I wonder what could that mean for the EU. I have no doubt in my mind that these second and third rate EU member states would cling on to the failing project even as Germans were on their way out. Someone would need to cover them on the exit, that’s for sure and there is no shortage of cheap bureaucrats.

  11. mkey says:

    I hate to pull this card, but I called this one
    https://www.corbettreport.com/holiday-open-thread-2/comment-page-1/#comment-50411

    I guess you can trust an insane liar to act as only an insane liar would.

  12. mkey says:

    Is the U.S. Ramping up its Military Presence in Syria and Preparing to Attack Iran for Israel?
    https://www.wrmea.org/018-may/is-the-u.s.-ramping-up-its-military-presence-in-syria-and-preparing-to-attack-iran-for-israel.html

    I found this to be an interesting read.

    • VoiceOfArabi says:

      Hello mkey,

      Thanks for the link above… that was excellent video to watch to better understand what we may face in the next few months…

      Also, a great site that i have never seen before..

      Thank you…

  13. mkey says:

    Another victory for Israel. Now they won the EuroTrashSong.

    Fair usage warning, content below may induce seizures, distaste and “fist through the screen” rage

    Netta – Toy – Israel – LIVE – Grand Final – Eurovision 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84LBjXaeKk4

    There may be hidden meaning in the lyrics, but I just ate.

    … why is Israel even in competition for the EuroTrashSong?

  14. anonymint says:

    There is in fact a Middle Eastern nation that is in fact in control of a vast, undeclared stockpile of nuclear weapons. This nation does have the capability of deploying those weapons anywhere in the region. It is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and its arsenal has never been inspected by any international agency. But this nation is not Iran. It’s Israel.

    Let’s not forget that Israel’s Mossad was likely the key perpetrator of the 9/11 false-flag.

    Trump was either beholden and evil from the get go, signed a pact with the devil as some sort of 3D chess move, or is simply duped.

    The powers-that-be are moving us towards war because they need an excuse to blame for the coming global debt collapse.

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