Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regularly invokes the “Iranian threat” as a means to divert attention away from Israel’s settler-colonial activity in Palestine. With Operation Protective Edge — a collaborative effort by Israel, the United Nations, the international community and even Palestinian leaders themselves — fading from international consciousness, Iran looms again in diplomatic rhetoric.

According to the Times of Israel, a meeting between U.S. and Israeli national security advisers Susan Rice and Yossi Cohen brought about renewed efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.

“On Iran, the U.S. delegation reaffirmed our commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon … The delegations pledged to continue the unprecedented coordination between the United States and Israel as negotiations continue,” according to the statement, published in full by the White House.

The statement focuses on the alleged Iranian nuclear threat and the imperial onslaught under the guise of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Further insight can be garnered from the fact that Zionist colonial expansion isn’t among U.S. concerns, despite the Israeli government’s recent approval of the continued expansion of illegal land appropriations and construction in East Jerusalem, indicating the promotion of oblivion when it comes to Palestinian rights, territory and self-determination.

PressTV has reported Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as stating, “Our [nuclear] activities are under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and within the framework of the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty]”.

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