Why did Trump break off the ‘Iran deal’? - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Why did Trump break off the ‘Iran deal’?

The U.S. withdrew from the “Iran Nuclear Deal” with President Donald Trump’s decision. It appears that the U.S. is going to carry out a challenging policy for its European allies – that were in favor of continuing the deal – to join the economic sanctions to be imposed on Iran. According to a study, more than 50 percent of Americans know nothing about the “Iran nuclear deal.” As many as 22 percent of those who participated in the study support Trump’s decision, and 22 percent do not find this decision to be right. The number of Americans who think that withdrawing from the deal has nothing to do with the U.S.’s national interests is not few. A significant portion of political elites defend that breaking the deal has harmed both the U.S.’s global reliability and its relations with its European allies, and that it will strengthen Russia and China’s hand.

Trump’s decision primarily pleased the Israeli government very much. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain support Trump’s decision. These four countries, which are under the U.S.’s protection, form a bloc against Iran. Most Americans believe that the “Israeli lobby” was effective in Trump’s decision. As a matter of fact, articles with the title, “Follow the money in the breaking of the deal,” have even been written. What is being referred to in terms of “the money” is American Zionist Jewish billionaires, primarily Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer and Bernard Marcus, who made generous donations to the Republican Party and Trump in the 2016 presidential elections.

Adelson, who is one of those most violently opposing the “Iran Nuclear Deal,” had even declared that he would undertake the construction costs in the event that the U.S. Embassy is moved to Jerusalem. The Adelsons played an important role in turning Trump's cabinet into the most pro-Israel cabinet. An American, who states he voted for Trump, noting in an article that criticizes the breaking of the deal, saying, “Trump gave us nothing, but he gave Israel everything it wanted. I will never vote for Trump again” summarizes the situation enough. It is true, the 14-month Trump administration made many initiatives that protect Israel’s interests. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is only one of these. Nikki Haley also worked in the U.N. as though she was Israel’s second ambassador. Haley was even able to say that they took note of all the countries that vetoed the Jerusalem decision.

The common point of politicians, who associate Israel’s interests with the U.S.’s national interests, is that they owe their careers largely to Jewish donors. In the U.S., politics is financed with donations, and the donors get their money’s worth. This donation mechanism is going to work in the Senate elections in fall and in the presidential elections in 2020. The Republican Party is not in a good place in terms of securing financing. Therefore, the Trump administration is going to be “more pro-Israel.” This financing concern may have been effective in moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a shorter time than predicted.

U.S. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is now secretary of state, had made a statement in February saying that Iran complies with the terms of the deal. International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) Director Yukia Amano and other signatory countries had also confirmed that Iran abided by its guarantees. The reasons brought forward by Trump are outside the scope of the “Iran deal.” In this circumstance, Trump broke off the deal by relying on the false claims of the Israeli intelligence, rather than on those of his own intelligence agencies. The Republican Party and the Trump cabinet acting like a branch of Netanyahu’s Likud party shows the degree of Israeli influence over U.S. foreign policy. Even though Trump promises to withdraw the U.S. from the wars abroad, Americans are being pushed into a new war that is not theirs – for Israel’s interests


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