Gilad Atzmon on Press TV: Israeli lobby a ‘threat’ to Western politics

Israel and its powerful lobby in Washington D.C. are considered a risk to “our Western politics,” said a London-based political activist on Monday, in a reference to Tel Aviv’s opposition to a newly-reached nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 - the five permanent members of the UN Security council plus Germany.
People around the world start to realize that the price we are paying "for the Jewish lobby’s interfering with our Western politics is severe,” said Gilad Atzmon in a phone interview with Press TV.

After Iran and the six world powers reached an interim deal in Geneva on Nov. 24 over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fiercely opposed the agreement calling it “weak and desperate.”

Netanyahu even appealed to members of the US Congress as negotiations were underway to kill the Geneva deal, which is set to ease some of sanctions imposed on Tehran.

Atzmon said “it is Israel that imposes civil threats, not just to the region but to the world” but now it is opposing a deal that will bring peace to the region.

The activist further said that Israel possesses “so many atomic bombs” criticizing its unmonitored nuclear programs. He also called for international scrutiny of the regime’s facilities. “We should make sure that Israel is put immediately under scrutiny.”

He called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to send inspection teams to Israel’s nuclear facilities “to understand what is happening there.”

Despite Israel’s opposition, the White House regarded Netanyahu’s remarks as “no great concern” to US diplomatic efforts, according to an American official speaking to Israel’s Channel 10 news on condition of anonymity.

The US official also said that Netanyahu’s remarks “indicate a lack of self-confidence,” and that “we’re not excited about his vocal opposition.”

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have strongly defended the nuclear agreement with Iran, pushing back against harsh criticism from both Israel and hawks in US Congress.


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