On February 9, 2011 – speaking at the Israeli Herzliya Conference (an annual security forum), Alexander Russel Vershbow (former Jewish ambassador to Russia and S. Korea), the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA) assured his paranoid Jewish audience that Israel and Arab countries are united in their fear of a nuclear Iran.
“The threat from Iran has created a unique opportunity. For the first time since the founding of the state of Israel, Israeli and Arab national interests are aligned to an unprecedented degree, based on the shared conviction that Iran’s influence must be countered and contained,” said Vershbow (Reuters).
“The situation in Egypt has not changed this fundamental geopolitical reality.”
He also said the United States would ensure that Egypt respects peace with Israel during its period of transition. “A strong Egyptian military, buttressed by robust defense relations with the United States, can be a force for moderation and for continued support of the peace treaty with Israel as Egypt makes the transition.”
Egyptian government has received over US$36 billion since 1979 to protect Zionist-regime from Palestinian resistance groups. During the same period, Israel has received over US$250 billion in military aid and soft loans.
Benji Netanyahu has scared the hell out of western leaders by warning that Egypt would turn into an Iranian-style Islamic State in case the Muslim Brotherhood comes into power after the down-fall of Hosni Mubarak. However, it’s not the ‘Muslim Brotherhood card’ which has set jitters in the Zionist entity – but an Egypt with a heavy conventional forces of the kind that could be used in a future Israel-Arab war, though the two countries are separated by the demilitarized Sinai desert.
A recent Reuters poll shows that 63% Republicans and 55% Democrats believe that Washington should be cautious about supporting democracy in the Middle East as it gives power to anti-Israel groups.
The 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll, which revealed that a very strong majority of Arabs support Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, the poll showed that, while 88 percent of Arabs view the Israeli regime as a threat 77 percent view the United States as a threat, only 10 percent view the Islamic Republic of Iran as a threat. (By way of comparison, 10 percent also viewed Algeria as a threat).
Professor Sayed Mohammad Marandi (Tehran University) wrote recently: “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s interests in a stable Middle East is arguably greater than that of the United States – after all this Iran’s neighborhood. For Iran to grow and prosper, it need secure borders and stable neighbors. …. Iran is prepared to continue living without relations with the United States in the years to come, and more and more young Iranians and businessmen are looking to Asia and countries like China, India, Brazil, and South Africa for higher education, business, and trade. Nevertheless, there are those who still wonder if there is a potential partner in the United States, who can rethink US foreign policy and bring about real change in US-Iranian relations”.