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Ali Ettefagh

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Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish. Close.

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Israel Can't Veto U.S.-Iran Talks

The Current Discussion: Are Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama on a collision course over Iran and the Palestinian problem? What would be the consequences of a breach between the United States and Israel?

After the de facto defeat in Iraq, America seems to have reached an awakening long overdue: America’s national interests are fundamentally different from Israel's. The Zionist regime has confused America’s support (initially a humanitarian assistance program) with a silly perception of a right to occupy Washington or somehow game and dictate policy to the largest economy in the world. Alas, the game is up. These childish tactics are unsustainable and incompatible with national interests of America—despite Israeli hype, lobbies and calculated ill will of mislabeling of other religions as a political ideology.

The world has changed beyond recognition. Ideas have moved on, save for the enigma and the myth of self-centrist phantasm of the last member of the Apartheid Club. The Cold War has ended, communism has moved shop and former Soviet client states (Egypt, Syria, Iraq) and their pan-Arab Ba’athist doctrine have crumbled. Palestinians, and the rest of the world, are wondering how a superpower could waste its reputation and desecrate its own credibility, especially as America has military bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Iraq (and Turkey is the second largest army in NATO), but Uncle Sam is disinvited from Israel’s military infrastructure.

A few Americans are in prison on spying charges for Israel against the United States (and many others are suspected of it). From abroad, the support of American politicians for Israel against America’s national interest is borderline treason. Decades of financial support appears to be a fool’s bargain, rather than an equitable deal about national interest or security of America for the fact that none of the dark and scary monster stories of the last 6 decades materialised. Hence the inevitable change of America’s posture and reaching out for Plan B. One wonders about the result if the question of blind support for Israel is put to a genuine referendum in America. Is the prime minister of 6 million people in a creampuff, highly indebted economy which grew up on American aid and support, really of equal rank to the president of a superpower and 300 million people? And how could their national interests not be diverse?

Israelis wish to dictate and veto what Americans and Iranian ought to do or talk about. Their excuse is that Iran does not recognize Israel and considers it to be racist. That is a delirium, for all of Israel’s interpretation and advice to the U.S. on Iran, pushing for American sanctions against Iran through frantic propaganda, has not worked. There is no Iranian capitulation. It is all just a cheap, desperate ruse to divert attention from facts: occupation of Palestinian lands, naked practice of Apartheid, breach of Geneva Convention rules, duty and obligation to take care of the occupied and defenseless civilians (instead of bombing them into submission), dismissal of UNSC resolutions, blatant renege on Oslo and backing out of the “Two State Solution” in a bizarre attempt to divide elected Palestinians into two groups.

The other nightmare of Israel is about America’s pronounced goal of eliminating nuclear weapons, which is the original intention of the Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT). To be taken seriously, America must walk away from its not-so-secret agreement to supply and support Israel’s nuclear weapons program outside the NPT, stop its 4 decades of the American breach of the NPT and push Israel into compliance with NPT.

There are other practical factors: occupation, title dispute and illegality notwithstanding, almost half a million homes are built in Israeli “settlements” in occupied lands outside the 1967 borders of Israel, all mortgaged to a smoke-and-mirrors banking system without traditional deeds and ownership records. A withdrawal from these lands will bust the Israeli economy and its small $180 billion GDP—roughly what Uncle Sam has pumped into AIG to cover losses. Put in perspective, the American subprime mortgage disaster is a cakewalk when compared with the cost of this withdrawal to the Israeli economy!

Finally, the American president has probably realized that it is simply impossible for the world to remain silent and watch a (failed) experiment and keep a bad idea alive in its current form. Israel was designed to be a refuge for Jews from extremist violence in Europe, but it has proven to be a violent place, not to mention a place where neo-extremism of the Netanyahu and Lieberman variety is reborn and where bad, short-sighted policies and disingenuous postures are not sustainable. In the 21st century, it is impossible to tacitly approve of bombing occupied civilians into submission or blockade food, fuel and medicine just to appease a ruling minority in Israel. As such, it is not a mere collision of ideas. Rather, it is the inevitable diversion of American national interests from the Israel.

The world has changed and where other superpowers (Russia, China) have embraced change, and America has overcome racism behind it and has elected Mr. Obama. Thus, it is impossible to keep the racist ideas of a tiny colony of 6 million people, myths and ancient stories, and a failed 60 year business plan. Chances are America will insist on catching up with the logic of the modern, Global Age in the 21st century. But does Uncle Sam have the political will and the long-term vision to stick with it?

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