Why is Israel attending an OAS Summit?

By TONY SEED

(May 31, 2009) – ISRAEL, which is gradually losing the support it enjoyed in the EU and the U.S., is planning to develop an overt and covert presence in Latin America to counter Iran’s growing ties in the region. Readers may remember its unsavoury role in arming and training the bloody security forces of the Central American oligarchy during the 1970s and 1980s, which was exposed in the Contra scandal during the Reagan administration.

Amid a deepening rift with the U.S. and calls for the European Union to back Washington’s stance on the Middle East peace process, Israel is sending Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to attend the annual summit of the Organization of American States (OAS) next week, an official said on Saturday on condition of anonymity. The invitation comes with the blessing of the United States, whose Monroe Doctrine was allegedly aimed at keeping non-American countries out of the hemisphere but in reality used to keep the continent for itself.

But now it seems Israel is a state of the Americas whose borders extend to the Pacific Ocean.

The initiative comes in the midst of Iran developing relations with such Latin American counties as Venezuela and Bolivia – which Israel has recently accused of supplying Tehran with uranium.

Tel Aviv – which according to former U.S. president Jimmy Carter possesses the sole atomic arsenal in the Middle East – alleges that Tehran is using its nuclear energy program for military ends, while Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), says its nuclear aspiration is only aimed at generating electricity to meet the country’s growing demand.

“Israel sees in the summit a chance to deepen economic and diplomatic ties with Latin America and to match Iran’s and Hezbollah’s involvement in the region,” AFP quoted the Israeli official as saying.

The decision to send a high-ranking Israeli representative to the OAS summit for the first time in years hints at Tel Aviv’s desperation to pile up support for its war plans to counter what it calls the ‘Iranian threat.’

The quid pro quo is the activation of Israel and its wealth of reactionary experience in provocation, subversion and occupation in American plans to destabilize, subvert and overthrow countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina where peoples are demanding an independent course.

It is said that the plot to accuse Venezuela and Bolivia of selling uranium to Iran was meant to serve as a pretext for Tel Aviv to engage the two states and resume relations with Caracas and La Paz, which both expelled Israeli ambassadors over the Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip that ended in January 2009.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also has plans to travel to Latin America and Africa in the coming months as part of the “diplomatic offensive to halt Iran’s growing influence,” the official added.

The hawkish government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, since coming to power, has threatened to launch a military offensive against Iran, targeting its nuclear facilities – warmongering which has cost Tel Aviv Washington’s carte blanche or blanket though not its strategic support.

U.S. President Barack Obama says he wants to diplomatically engage Iran and has called on Israel to halt settlement activities and accept the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, albeit truncated – which Tel Aviv deems as a low priority. Nevertheless it is continuing its offensive against Iran on other fronts.

Israel’s open defiance of the United States has resulted in more countries – including Portugal – calling on the EU to adopt Washington’s position on Tel Aviv.

After the OAS summit, the deputy foreign minister will visit Washington for a meeting with senior U.S. State Department and White House officials in another attempt to gain U.S. backing for a military attack on Iran, the Israeli official concluded, AFP reported.

Israel’s deepening involvement in the Americas

Israel is becoming more and more involved in the Americas. With the war in the Middle East already begun, a phenomenon, unexpected by Israel, occurred in the form of a unanimous rejection by the European and Latin-American left of organised Zionism and its wars of aggression, expansion and genocide of the Palestinian people. At the same time, South American governments refused to support Israeli terrorist policies, some through conviction and others in order to not appear as allies of colonialism.

In one recent murky incident, Argentine police arrested a top Israeli diplomat on August 9, 2006 carrying a large quantity of explosives at Buenos Aires international airport, according to news reports not covered in the North American media. The Zionist representative was en route to Chile and was detained minutes before boarding a plane.

After his arrest, Argentine police informed the interior ministry, which ordered them to “contain the situation,” Aljazeerah reported at the time.

Tri-border disinformation

The Tri-Border Area, an area along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.

The Tri-Border Area, an area along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.

The legend of “international terrorism” and the demonization of Iran serves another axis of the sytemmatic geopolitical campaign on this side of the world in Latin America where the United States is preparing possible armed intervention, including in the Triple Frontier or tri-border area where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet.

For years, various reporters and independent researchers have been highlighting the false nature of the “attacks” on the Israeli embassy in Argentina and on the headquarters of AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, which was suspiciously “truck bombed” in July 1997 with the blame immediately placed on Hizb’allah, the Lebanese national resistance organization) and Iranian controllers.

It is worth keeping in mind that there is an extraordinarily large Lebanese diaspora in Latin America; there are an estimated 10 million people of Lebanese origin in Brazil alone.

These allegations, whose veracity changes according to the nature of the Argentinian government, form part of the deliberate disinformation that has been developed since the failed 13 April 2002 coup d’etat of the government of Venezuela by selected media such as the Washington PostThe New Yorker (Jeffrey Goldberg, “In the Party of God,” July 14 and 21, 2002 ), the fanatical National Post (Stewart Bell, and his tract Cold Terror) and the “academic” Jessica Stern (of Harvard, the U.S. National Security Council and the Council of Foreign Relations) under the direction of the U.S. State Department  and the Office of Special Plans, alleging that Hizb’allah has a guerilla base in the “lawless” Tri-border area.

The Lion of the North bizarrely created “terrorists that operate in the Triple Frontier”, using Paraguay with that purpose. The proofs are forceful and indisputable: “In Afghanistan, the American intelligence services found cartels of the cataracts of Iguaçu in the walls!” Or my favourite: “In an al-Quada cave, intelligence services found a poster of the Patagonia.”

These then became the pretext for Rumsfeld’s sabre-rattling visit to Paraguay in 2004 and the big escalation in the expansion of U.S. military bases and the conducting of war exercises which has occurred since then. In Paraguay the US now participates in 13 military exercies a year.

Historical background

In 1987, the American historian Jane Hunter, in her book Israeli Foreign Policy (South End Press), revealed a broad front of subversive activities carried out by the Israeli Zionists against the freedom struggles in Central America. Excerpts include:

In 1973 Israel took orders from El Salvador for 18 Dassault Ouragan jet fighter aircraft, six French-made Fouga Magister trainers and 25 Arava short-take-off-and-landing aircraft.

“Israel had obtained these planes from France for its own use. Refurbished and delivered to El Salvador in 1975, they were the first jet fighters in Central America, representing a significant jump in the level of military sophistication in a region where war had flared between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969.”

“Roberto D’Aubuisson, who would later rise to prominence as leader of a far-right faction linked to death squads, was a student of the Israeli security instructors.”

“Between the 1977 U.S. cutoff [of military aid] and the resumption of U.S. aid in 1981, El Salvador obtained over 80 per cent of its weapons from Israel. The balance came from France and Brazil. The earlier aircraft orders still in the pipeline were delivered and small arms and ammunition from Israel undercut the intent of the Carter policy. By 1979 came the first report that Israeli advisers had been giving the Salvadoran military counterinsurgency training both in Israel and El Salvador.”

“… The history of Israel’s relations with Guatemala roughly parallels that of its ties with El Salvador except the Guatemalan military was so unswervingly bloody that Congress never permitted the … Reagan Administration to undo the military aid cutoff implemented during the Carter years.”

“In 1981, Reagan’s Secretary of State Alexander Haig ‘urged Israel to help Guatemala.’”

“The EGP said in 1983 that there were 300 Israeli advisers in Guatemala, working ‘in the security structures and in the army.’”

“With few qualms and minimal outside criticism, Israel came to the rescue of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle and, from September 1978 to July 1979, helped him stave off history. Later it would be thrown up to Israel that when Washington and just about every other government in the world was boycotting Somoza, Israel had been willing to provide him with weapons.

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“Somoza had been introduced to Israeli weapons in 1974 at a special showing arranged for him in Managua. He had bought Dabur class patrol boats and Arava STOI aircraft; by the time he fought his final battle he would have 14 Aravas to rush his troops from place to place.”

With files from Press TV

For excerpts from Jane Hunter’s book, see Third World Traveler

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