ATLANTICISM IN COLLAPSE: NATO TO BE NEUTRAL IN ANY ISRAEL-IRAN CONFLICT
In a major turn of events which places the entire Atlanticist order in question, NATO's secretary-general says NATO refuses to back Israel in the event it attacks, or is attacked by, it's regional foe Iran.
BERLIN – In a major turn of events which places the entire Atlanticist order in question, NATO’s secretary-general says NATO refuses to back Israel in the event it attacks, or is attacked by, it’s regional foe Iran.
This news has spread quickly across social media, as Jens Stoltenberg explained NATO’s now official position to the magazine Der Spiegel. Published today, June 2nd, Stoltenberg iterated that while Israel is a ‘partner’, it is not a member, and that NATO’s “security guarantee” does not and will not apply to Israel.
In the event of any Iran-Israel conflict, Israel, according to NATO, is on its own.
Stoltenberg also explained that NATO isn’t involved in any Mideast peace efforts or in conflicts in the region, clarifying the relationship between the US and NATO in the former’s alleged anti-terrorist campaign in Syria. Critical experts and analysts of the Syria campaign have now proven beyond a reasonable doubt that US efforts are in fact an attempt to either partition to destabilize the existing and legitimate government in Syria. The Russian Federation furthermore as made public its evidence that the US is not combating ISIS, but is one of its main suppliers and supporters.
This news comes within the context of a greater and more pronounced rift between the US and EU over questions like Russia and Iran.
The EU has officially declared its intention to stay with the Iran nuclear deal, which allows Iranian goods – including energy supplies – to enter European markets. In doing so, the EU has broken with the US over this critical question. In response, the US has entered into a trade war with the EU, aimed at pressuring the EU to return to a hostile position with regard to Russia and Iran.
Likewise, in related news, FRN reported earlier today that the EU’s ‘president’ (president of the EC, executive branch of the EU), Juncker has said that it wants to return to ‘something like’ a normalization of relations to Russia.
“In a major development, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said it was time for the European Union (EU) to reconnect with Russia and stop “attacking” it, in striking contrast to the US which have placed increasing accusations and sanctions against Moscow. These statements are in concert with a swiftly developing trend that the Center for Syncretic Studies, Belgrade, has been forecasting since 2014, where the EU will carve an independent course from the Atlanticism of the US.”
Stoltenberg’s shocking statements also come at a time of rising Israel-Iran tensions. Israel has found itself in a complicated and ever-changing alliance of various gulf-monarchies and previously Turkey, to invade Syria and overthrow its legal and constitutional government, presently led by the Ba’ath Party and Bashar al-Assad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continually intensified his increasingly ignored criticism of the 2015 agreement in which Iran was offered sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. The US withdrew from the deal last month, but failed to force European partners to join them.
Israel and Iran have also clashed militarily over Israel’s support for ISIS and the FSA groupings which resupply and restock in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights region of Syria. Iran operates legally in Syria, by the invitation of the Syrian government, while Israel has continued its illegal occupation of the Golan Heights. UNSC Resolution 497, passed in 1981, determines that Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights is illegal under international law, and calls upon Israel to return the region to Syria.
In the context of waning US global power, the Russian Federation – in large part due to its relationship with Iran and China and its proximity to the region – has stepped in to play the role of regional peace broker.
Today’s major news appears on the one hand as an eventuality, given the relative position of the US and the waning influence of NATO. However, the speed of these and related events come as a surprise to (the previous) status-quo oriented analysts and experts. NATO member states have increasingly been reluctant to join in on NATO missions. NATO member Turkey has also shown signs that it may exit the alliance if US-Turkey relations continue along their present course of deterioration.