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The crisis that Israel adroitly manufactured

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Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter

The representative of the Jewish minority in Iran’s parliament (Majlis) has recently given an extensive interview to one of Iranian news agencies and discussed his different viewpoints regarding the Israeli regime and the way the Jewish community of Iran see the state that proclaims to be representing the global Jewry.

According to Siamak Mareh Sedq who has talked to the Fars News Agency, Tel Aviv needs to create crisis in the Middle East in order to survive. “If Israel faces no threat it will be destroyed within one month. Israel needs (regional) crises in a bid to continue its existence,” he said.

This wise and precise analysis is exactly what the audacious commentators, intellectuals and journalists in the West who dare to criticize the policies and practices of the Israeli regime without fear of losing their jobs or being vilified as “anti-Semites” agree on. This is something that even the Israelis know well and confess to. An anonymous Israeli official once had privately told the president of the National Iranian American Council Trita Parsi, “You have to recognize that we Israelis need an existential threat. It is part of the way we view the world. If we can find more than one, that would be preferable, but we will settle for one.”

The fact that Israel needs a serious existential threat to secure its survival and depends on regional crises to make sure that its existence will not be undermined and can go ahead with its colonial, expansionistic projects and ambitions is no closed book to anyone studying the history of this regime.

Israel has always been at odds with its neighbors and has intentionally failed to live with the countries surrounding it in peace and friendly coexistence, even though some of them, for the sake of cajoling the United States and earning some benefits, have pretended that they have recognized the existence of this regime and have no problems with it. Since its inception, Israel has been constantly waging attacks or creating troubles for others, and unfortunately, those who worked hands in glove with the United States, Britain, Canada and others to establish a land for the homeless in 1948 are now figuring out that their magnum opus has turned into a lawless, authoritarian, racist and apartheid regime that even finds it convenient to go beyond the continental borders to launch bomb attacks on a country 2,060 kilometers away: Tunisia, in the Operation Wooden Leg on October 1, 1981.

But what I want to touch upon today is not Israel’s illegitimate and unlawful military attacks on Jordan, Egypt and Syria in 1967 or the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, even though all of these events need investigation and contemplation as crises Israel has nimbly created in order to consolidate its position in the Middle East and secure its fragile survival by the use of military force. What I want to allude to is the crisis which Israel manufactured around one decade ago to make sure that the international community will be busy dealing with the different aspects of the crisis until finding a solution, and in this period, it can work to build more settlements, kill or imprison more Palestinian leaders and fortify the castle of its nuclear monopoly in the Middle East.

The crisis that Israel manufactured was the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. This is the topic which the prominent American investigative journalist and historian Gareth Porter skillfully discusses in his recently published book “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.” Although Gareth Porter does not concur with me on all points I have mentioned, he generally shed a light on “how Israel and the George W. Bush administration successfully portrayed the various actions taken by Western nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as responses to a long history of Iranian covert work on militarization of its nuclear program.”

The breakthrough book which is the product of Gareth Porter’s six years of close investigation of Iran’s nuclear standoff and the developments of Iran’s foreign policy tries to show that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been used as a pretext by the United States in unison with Israel to put pressure on Iran and extinguish its technological and political progress. Porter says that the IAEA used documents as the reference of its allegations and accusations against Iran that were provided to it either directly by Israel or through the terrorist cult Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MKO or MEK) which was just recently removed from the U.S. Department of State’s list of foreign terrorist organizations in an attempt to provide political shelter for this miserable and wretched group of traitors and serial killers which sees Tel Aviv as one of its main benefactors and sponsors.

The book provides reliable and confirmable evidence showing that Israel was one of the main culprits behind the complication of Iran’s nuclear dossier through forging false documents and evidence and presenting them to the IAEA.

Porter’s book, published by the “Just World Books,” is a must read and is praised by such figures as the renowned American director Oliver Stone, leading investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, prominent Middle East expert Juan Cole and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Charles W. Freeman.

Gareth Porter’s book inspired me to think about the crisis that has been manufactured by Israel and its patrons and led to years of animosity and acrimony between Iran and the West, and in particular the United States. The controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program soared when the IAEA Board of Governors, under the pressure by the United States, voted in 2006 to refer Iran’s nuclear file to the UN Security Council. It was after then that the economic sanctions began being shot at Iran one after the other. The sanctions, as inhumane, illegal and unjustifiable they were, created different hardships for the ordinary Iranian citizens, including the patients suffering from chronic disorders in need of foreign-imported medical equipments and pharmaceutical products.

The “manufactured crisis” not only embittered Iran’s trade with the United States and the European Union, but also imposed costs on the European firms that sustained significant damages as a result of cutting their business with Iran, and there are credible statistics showing that in such countries as Germany and France, thousands of people lost their jobs due to the direct or indirect consequences of the economic sanctions. The sanctions which were pioneered and cheered by Tel Aviv also caused serious irregularities in international banking systems and protocols and brought about disastrous outcomes for the global economy.

However, after almost one decade of dispute and quarrel, Iran and the six world powers have once again sat at the negotiation table, and the first outcome of their intense negotiations became evident in November 24, 2013 when they reached an interim agreement in Geneva known as the “Joint Plan of Action” by which Iran would limit certain portions of its nuclear activities and will receive relief from some of the important parts of the sanctions it has been enduring in the recent years. This is what dissipates and fritters away more than one decade of Israel’s day and night efforts to hamper Iran’s relations with the world and embroil it in a stalemate over its nuclear program.

As the negotiations for a comprehensive and final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) proceed in Vienna, Israel finds itself in an awkward position that will be costing it a lot if the talks lead to substantive and successful results.

Israel has been pulling all the stops to foil the endeavors of Iran and the international community to settle their dispute, and that is why the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Geneva accord a “historic mistake” and the “deal of century” for Iran.

The fact that Iran’s nuclear file was passed to the Security Council by the IAEA, that the Security Council decided to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran in its eight resolutions regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and also the fact that the United States, in the past ten years, went through fire and water to make sure that Iran will remain under huge economic and political pressures indicate that Israel was pleased and somehow relieved as it could see that its efforts to manufacture a new crisis in the region were bearing fruits. No conscious mind would accept the claim that Israel didn’t play a central role in Iran’s nuclear standoff.

However, the new turn in Iran’s relations with the international community and the possibility of a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russian, the United States and Germany) during the Vienna talks sound to Israel like an extremely sorrowful funeral song.

Although Israel is reliant on the regional crisis to make sure that it will not cease to exist, the obliteration of one of the crises it has produced through diligent work will not be a promising sign for the people in Tel Aviv who should think of new ways for prolonging the lifespan of the apartheid regime.

Kourosh Ziabari

Kourosh Ziabari is a journalist in Iran.

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  1. hophmi on April 2, 2014, 2:08 pm

    I see we’re reprinting Iranian state literature now.

    • on April 2, 2014, 7:04 pm

      ‘if israel faces no threat it will be destroyed in one month”
      i understand israel’s evil ways of deception and truth perversion but to say it will be destroyed in a month?
      sounds like zio-paranoia to me.

    • K Renner on April 2, 2014, 7:18 pm

      How exactly do you figure that? Because it’s not something that says, in a Netanyahu-like fashion, “Iran is a malevolent homogenous entity and wants to develop nuclear weapons to attack Israel with”?

      Your posts are almost always weak, and this statement of yours is especially so.

      I do admit that, off-topic, I do agree on the Ukraine issue, in the sense of the Kremlin’s justifications for sending the Russian Army into Ukraine are completely baseless when it comes down to it.

      That’s maybe the one thing we’ll see eye-to-eye on, I think.

    • Yitzgood on April 2, 2014, 7:51 pm

      I see we’re reprinting Iranian state literature now.

      According to the bio after the post, Ziabari writes for PressTV. Is he going to participate in this comments thread? I’d like to hear what he has to say about David Duke’s appearances on PressTV. Like this one from January:

    • talknic on April 2, 2014, 10:00 pm

      Why are you kvetching hophmi ? Is it illegal to quote an Iranian news source ?

      It is on the other hand, illegal: as Israel has done on numerous occasions, to purposefully show dis-respect for and fail to have acknowledgement “of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;”

      Illegal: as Israel has done, to purposefully acquire territory by war

      Illegal: as Israel continually does, purposefully settle Israeli citizens in non-Israeli territories never legally annexed to Israel and/or under Israeli occupation, where they might fall foul of the violence one can expect when occupying another people

      Illegal: as Israel does, purposefully sell its citizens land in territory that is not yet Israeli (what kind of a vile f&*(ed up Government does that to its own citizens ? )

      • Hostage on April 2, 2014, 10:47 pm

        P.S. Illegal: as Israel does to violate its international undertakings, e.g.

        Mr. Eban: I can give an unqualified affirmative answer to the second question as to whether we shall cooperate with the organs of the United Nations with all the means at our disposal in the fulfilment of the part of the resolution concerning refugees. — Response to questions about resolution 194(III), 47th session, Ad Hoc Committee hearings on Israel’s application for membership in the United Nations, page 5 of 29

        BTW, that’s for you Nurit Baytch.

    • Kay24 on April 2, 2014, 11:04 pm

      Somehow with all the Israeli state literature being dumped on Americans, for years, and years, it is quite interesting, even refreshing, to hear the other side of the story – it looks bad for Israel, but then sometimes the truth hurts.

  2. doug on April 2, 2014, 2:37 pm

    >> “If Israel faces no threat it will be destroyed within one month. Israel needs (regional) crises in a bid to continue its existence,” …


    The reality is that Israel is addicted to existential crises. They find it highly useful to justify actions otherwise unjustifiable. It’s really just a smokescreen to continue anachronistic and abusive colonialist practices.

    But sans existential ME crisis Israel would be destroyed in a month? Ridiculous.

    • Ellen on April 3, 2014, 11:03 am

      yes, Israel is addicted to ideas of threats everywhere.

      It is the addictive drug of the Zionist identity. And feeds the state economy and creates social adhesion, sick as these things become. So I think that is what he means.

      But drug addicts can be cured (sort of). And Israel will be better off for it.

      But like the drug addict who cannot go cold turkey or be weaned, an early death awaits.

      I am hoping for a cure.

  3. Henry Norr on April 2, 2014, 2:39 pm

    For folks in the Bay Area: as it happens, Gareth Porter is here this week. Here’s his speaking schedule:

    • Tonight at 7 pm: San Francisco (World Affairs Council of Northern California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200 – RSVP at

    • Thursday at 7:30 pm: San Rafael (Wesley Hall: 199 Greenfield Ave, – across from First United Methodist Church – info 459-7210) [Presumably that number is in the 415 area code.]

    • Friday at **6** pm: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Cedar and Bonita, Berkeley.

    His new book, Manufactured Crisis, is written in a very sober, academic tone, but the content and implications are devastating. Naturally, the mainstream media is ignoring it.

    • retorix on April 2, 2014, 5:47 pm

      Easy to understand why mainstream media is ignoring it. It is so insignificant, and full of it.

      • Henry Norr on April 2, 2014, 6:36 pm

        Have you read it, Retorix?

      • James North on April 3, 2014, 10:18 am

        retorix = a reinforcement from Hasbara Central.

      • Cliff on April 3, 2014, 10:47 am


        You have not read the book so shut the hell up.

    • lysias on April 2, 2014, 6:59 pm

      I have read Manufactured Crisis. It is indeed an excellent — and horrifying — book.

    • CloakAndDagger on April 2, 2014, 11:45 pm

      Thanks for the itinerary, Henry. I live in San Rafael, so I am going to try to make that one on Thursday unless my 5:00pm meeting runs late. Would love to meet others from this site there.

  4. American on April 2, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Jews must be portrayed by Israel as having eternal enemies for a lot of reasons.
    Keeps the tribe’s herd mentality going.
    Keeps the paranoia going.
    Keeps the ‘all others’ are enemies going.
    Keeps the myth of irrational hatred going.
    Keeps the tribal nepotism going.
    Keeps the special victims privilege and protection going.
    Keeps the billions flowing to Israel.
    Keeps the weapons flowing to Israel.

    And the pony buried under this pile of shit is the simple fact that the Zionist are nothing but Mafia Cult driven by greed and power lust.
    They are people who have nothing of value to trade with or sell the world–so they fund raise by having enemies.

    • JeffB on April 2, 2014, 10:28 pm


      They [Zionists] are people who have nothing of value to trade with or sell the world–so they fund raise by having enemies.

      Yes as long as you don’t count: machinery, equipment, software, cut diamonds, agricultural products, chemicals, textiles and apparel to be things of value then Zionists have nothing of value.

      • American on April 3, 2014, 12:33 pm

        @ jeffb

        Israel produces absolutely nothing that the world cant buy from a multitude of other sources/countries.
        You are very naïve.
        You should keep up with global business news more and hasbara less.
        Just saying…

    • Kay24 on April 3, 2014, 7:43 am

      Very well said. They have also been able to convince Americans that they are the victims of an occupied, unarmed, deprived people, to keep all what you have said, flowing. Zionists have been playing devious games, pretending to be victims, and raking in the sympathy, while all the time resorting to brutal crimes against civilians, and stealing every resource they can, even soil, from it’s poor neighbors.

  5. DaBakr on April 2, 2014, 10:46 pm

    press tv. only surpassed in the absurd by north korean state tv. the cultists here are convinced that because it goes against Zionism and has the supposed imprimatur of a ‘Jew’ and a Jewish Iranian (as if all Iranian Jews are not pressured to tout the gov’t. line and are ‘naturally’ free to express support for Israel. Oh-and also anti-American) it must therefore be given maximum credence. just wonder for a moment if a blog like MW would be allowed to exist in a country that is trying to create its own private internet to “protect” its citizens.

  6. Citizen on April 2, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Existential threat(s) are the Zionist state form of the need to find anti-semitism under a rock or behind the next door. It’s an identity issue. Who wants to be plain jane?

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