Time for a new process
Now, however, a new regional "process" in the Middle East is reaching maturity, and this time round it is a "war process", stripped from the outset of any claims to peace.
The Israeli-American war tattoo targeting Iran has resumed recently: first with the Trump administrationʹs announcement to end sanctionsʹ waiver for import Iranʹs oil, and secondly with the deployment of a naval strike group to the Middle East, as the clamour of anti-Tehran voices gets louder.
In recent decades, we have grown accustomed to bouts of sabre-rattling, of varying degrees of intensity, being directed at Iran. However, this time things seem to be embedded within a greater concept: the creation of a regional "Iran war process" by the U.S. and Israel designed to be of maximum benefit to Israel, even if it means maximum damage for other countries in the region.
For many years Israelʹs standard attitude of belligerence towards Iran has been intended to keep the world on its toes, soliciting external support and cultivating internal cohesion. Central to this discourse is the oft-repeated fiction that Iran wants to erase Israel from the map.
Statements by more hot-headed Iranians, such as former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-13), have indeed included such rhetoric. Yet the emptiness of those pronouncements is well known, likewise the intention of blowing the lid off of any coming negotiations with the U.S. and the West over sanctions and Iranʹs nuclear facilities.
Tehranʹs bear-baiting behaviour has inflicted real damage on the Palestinians, diverting international attention away from Israelʹs consolidation of its military occupation and settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Obviously, Israel is merely seeking to strengthen its northern borders, with the aim of weathering any future attacks that might potentially involve Iran!