Israel has been keeping up its anti-Iran rhetoric despite growing
domestic and international opposition.
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu says Tel Aviv will take drastic measures to “protect” itself. He
was speaking at the annual memorial service for Israel's first Prime
Minister David Ben Gurion. He said Gurion was under great pressure to avoid
declaring Israel's foundation in 1948.
Israeli media suggest
Netanyahu was implying that Israel would go ahead with its aggressive plan
against Iran and would resist objections just like what Gurion did.
Political commentator, Mark Dankof joins Press TV from San Antonio to share
his opinions on the issue.
The video offers the opinions of two
additional guests: Omar Nashabi, a judicial affairs expert from Beirut, and
Philip Giraldi who is a former CIA officer. What follows is the
transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Israel has been retching up
its war rhetoric against Iran in the past few months. What do you make of
Netanyahu's recently claimed "history lesson"? What is behind Israel's
rhetoric? What is it trying to achieve?
Dankof: I think the answer to
that is to be found in a couple of essays that are currently on the
internet. M.J. Rosenberg has a piece for the so-called political correctness
site that deals with the American enterprise institute admitting that
Israel's increasingly militant attitude toward Iran has little of anything
to do with the Iran's alleged nuclear program and its alleged nuclear
The other essay is that of Mahdi Darius
Nazemroaya which can be found in Intifada Palestine and also Global Research
dealing in the title that piece is 'Iran and the strategic encirclement of
Syria and Lebanon'. Israel basically wants to maintain hegemony in the
region as the leading power and the only power in that region when it comes
to ultimate military strength and its relying, of course, upon the United
States and Britain principally to continue backing it and virtually anything
that it does.
This is absolutely disastrous for the region of course
and will be similarly disastrous for the United States and for Great Britain
and for Europe for pulling into what it is that Netanyahu wants to do.
Press TV: Mark, let's look at the relationship between the US and Israel
specifically when it comes to the issue of the attack and the rhetoric on
Iran. Now, first of all, would you agree that Washington is actually having
the same stance of Israel but rather it does not want to make it public, it
does not want to be supporting that publicly and also with things that have
been said by Ron Paul, why should the US even team up with Israel?
Dankof: That is exactly right. I would argue and I suspect that some of the
other guests would argue that it is not in the true American national
interest to be supporting Israel at all. The fact of the matter is that when
you look at what they are doing in Iran, it is not an accident that the
Washington Post reported just a few days ago that there has been fivefold
increase in unexplained bomb blast in Iran just in the last year or the last
This involves military isolations, oil and natural gas
sites and so forth and so on. It becomes very clear especially when we
understand the relationship between the Israeli Mossad and the CIA, on the
one hand, and the Mojahidin E Khalq (MEK) and the Kurdistan Pezhak
Organization and the Jundallah Organization operating out of Pakistan and
conjunction with the MEK that there is really a full-fledged undercover war
going on against Iran right now, in terms of these bomb blasts, in terms of
the MEK's assassination of these three Iranian nuclear scientists presumably
at the behest of the Israeli Mossad are continued violation of Iranian
airspace with surveillance drones, not to mention all of these economic
sanctions including ones that are now beginning to target Iran's Central
So the war has actually started. It is just the question of
when the wider shooting war begins and like Dr. Giraldi (the other guest in
the show), I believe that Netanyahu is fully capable of arranging a false
flag incident, be that in Israel, be that in Iran, be that in the Persian
Gulf, be that in Europe or the United states that can depend on Iran falsely
and they will then justify a further escalation in American, Israeli and
British aggression against the Iranian regime.
This is a terrifying
time frankly and in conjunctions with the economic problems in the West, it
suggests that Benjamin Netanyahu may simply drag Americans by the nose into
something that is not in their national interest because again the power of
the Jewish lobby in the United States is unquestioned.
If you follow
the money trail into these American congressional races, if you look at the
amount of Jewish influence that exists in the American news media and in the
American educational system, it is clear what is happening here and I am
afraid the United States is somehow tragically is going to become more
Press TV: The next question is about Israel's position in
the Middle East. There has been a lot of concern about Israel's nuclear
weapons for instance and WMD. Ron Paul has been raising that concern and
also even for the people in the United States.
He is talking about
the nuclear stockpiles of Israel. Do you think that this alliance between
the US and Israel is starting to turn into a liability rather than an asset
for the United States at least when the people look at it?
This relationship is a liability for the United States in every conceivable
way and always has been. It is a liability politically in terms of our
standing in the world, not to mention in the Middle East and in central
Asia. It is an absolute economic liability when you look at the billions of
dollars that gets out of this country for the Zionist enterprise.
is clearly a liability in terms of the fact that the project for the New
American Century Crowd and their clean break document of 1996, the so-called
Strategy for Securing the Realm, that ideology which was Israeli inspired
and Israeli driven has been totally behind what the United States has now
done in both Iraq and in Afghanistan militarily on a surrogate basis.
The fact of the matter is that Israel is the tail that wags the American
dog; the Zionist occupied territory that Pat Buchanan has termed the
American Congress correctly will continue to be led by Netanyahu, by the
Congressional nose. He will, if he starts a war with Iran, drag the United
State into it because of that dynamic and it is a great tragedy.
not forget we are in an American presidential election year. If the Israelis
cannot get what they want out of Barack Obama, they certainly will get what
they want out of either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or whatever the Israeli
driven neoconservative ends up with the Republican nomination and Obama