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US and Israel sign a secret protocol


According to Israel’s Channel 10, on 12 December 2017, US and Israel national security advisers (Mc Master and Meir Ben-Shabbat (see photo) respectively) signed a secret Protocol at the White House.

This document would set up four joint working groups to work on the following subjects:
- Iranian support for Hezbollah and Syria;
- The 5+1 Agreement;
- Iran’s Missiles programme; and
- Possible initiatives by Iran and Hezbollah.

This document is probably implementing the Anti-Iranian strategy that President Trump announced on 13 October [1].

This Protocol makes no substantive change to the agreements that were in force before it. It corresponds to a policy of regional equilibrium between Israel and Iran.

However, it is evidence that the Trump Administration - like the former Nixon Administration — is pro-Israeli for strategic rather than electoral reasons. Most of the US’s Jewish community is opposed to it.

Anoosha Boralessa

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