Having failed to convince Washington to launch a military strike against Iran, the powerful Israel lobby in the United States is now focusing its efforts to “sabotage” the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers, an American professor says.
“In the face of that problem of not being able to mobilize the United States to go to war with Iran, they’re focusing on strangling the economy,” James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, told Press TV on Wednesday.
He was referring to reports that the US Senate is ratcheting up pressure on the White House to tighten sanctions against Iran in line with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand for more pressure against Tehran.
“The Israeli government has very close relations with its proxies in the United States, essentially the principal Zionist organizations, who are very heavily funded and have financed the electoral campaigns and provided direct contributions totaling over 100 million dollars over the last 30 years and actually have financed 230 politicians in the US Congress and over 50 senators,” Petras said.
“So they have bought the US Congress,” he added.
The professor said that new sanctions against Iran would sabotage nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers.
“Obama realizes that passing and implementing these resolutions would sabotage the negotiations in the peace process,” Petras said, but he added that “there is no really powerful lobby at this time that has the money and resources that the Zionists have.”
“For the last several years, the Zionist organizations in the United States, AIPAC and I would say at least 52 Jewish Zionist organizations have been active in trying to undermine the Iranian government and strangle its economy,” he noted.