….. At the height of Israel’s organized genocide in Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed an arms pact with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni providing a series of steps the two allies will take to restrict the flow of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
Iran was very much on the agenda.
Designed to “ensure Hamas is not able to be resupplied via sea, land or air,” the pact calls for the use of a variety of international and political resources by the U.S. and Israel to restrict access to the strip. In this Memorandum of Understanding, the U.S. pledges to “work cooperatively with neighbors and in parallel with others in the international community…work with regional and NATO partners…work with regional governments to enhance U.S. security and intelligence cooperation … ensure the enforcement UN Security Council Resolutions on counterterrorism… fusion key international and coalition naval forces and other appropriate entities to address weapons supply to Gaza.”
In addition to unmitigated support from the UN Security Council, NATO, and regional governments, the Memorandum threatens Iranians with an intensified sanctions regime:
“Enhancement of the existing international sanctions and enforcement mechanisms against provision of material support to Hamas and other terrorist organizations, including through an international response to those states, such as Iran, who are determined to be sources of weapons and explosives supply to Gaza.”
The compilation of diplomatic, political and military tools listed in the pact is an indication of Israeli feelings of insecurity in dealing with the Islamic Republic and anxiety over a relative normalization of U.S.-Iranian relations under an Obama administration…….READ MORE