20 May 2019 - 08:26
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is behind the US administration’s continued hostility towards Iran and the recent flare-up in tensions between the two sides, according to a number of American political figures and analysts.

RNA - Ben Rhodes, an advisor to the administration of former US president Barack Obama, was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post that "Bibi" was one of those "pushing to confront Iran."

Last week, US Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard also blasted "Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu [and] al-Qaeda" for promoting war with the Islamic Republic.

The report pointed to a 2006 essay on “The Israel Lobby” by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, which later became a book. The authors argued back then that Israel and pro-Israel groups worked to shape the US administration’s policy towards Iran as part of a "grand scheme for reordering the Middle East."

Moreover, the far-left and far-right parties view Israel as the shadowy manipulator of Washington’s policies towards Tehran.

“Who wants this war with Iran?” American political commentator Patrick Buchanan’s official website asked on Friday. “Answer: [US Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo and [National Security adviser John] Bolton, Bibi Netanyahu, [Saudi] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

The US far-right has also blamed Israel for Trump’s policies, with one website claiming that "Bibi Satanyahoo" is pushing for a war with Iran.

On the far-left, the website Mondoweiss has a headline that says, "Israel wants the Trump administration to attack Iran, but US mainstream media ignores Netanyahu’s instigating."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently pointed out that the US administration in Washington was taken over by "Naeanyahu firsters", according to the post.

Zarif blamed Israel and what he called the “B-team” for the US foreign policy decisions.

The hawkish “B-team” is comprised of US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Tensions mounted between Tehran and Washington last May, when President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and re-imposed harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism.

The tensions saw a sharp rise on the first anniversary of Washington's exit from the deal as the US moved to ratchet up the pressure on Iran by tightening its oil sanctions and sending military reinforcements, including an aircraft carrier strike group, a squadron of B-52 bombers, and a battery of patriot missiles, to the Middle East.

On May 5, US National Security Advisor John Bolton — an ardent Iran hawk — said the deployment was in response to a “troubling and escalatory indications” of Iranian activity in the region, without giving details or evidence to support the claims.

Trump, however, later ordered his administration to avoid a military confrontation with Iran, The New York Times and Reuters reported.

Netanyahu's influence with Trump is nothing short of conspicuous when it comes to regional issues in the Middle East.

Apart from relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds and declaring the historical city as the "capital" of Israel, the American head of state has suspended aid to Palestinian groups and also recognized the Syria's Golan Heights as being Israeli territory.

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