LONDON: Seif Da’na, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin says, a careful reading of Netanyahu’s speech reveals that it is Iran’s competitive regional status and rising power that concerns him the most, not the fantasy of an existential threat. It is the regional balance of power, not the bomb. Even dismantling Iran’s civilian programme entirely does not satisfy Netanyahu’s appetite; it is the Iranian “policies”, “behaviour” and “state” that he wants eliminated.
Neither Iran nor the US is interested in military confrontation and both have much to gain from an agreement. But since this deal will constitute a building block towards diplomatically resolving other regional conflicts involving Iran and the US, all sides have been negotiating with their eyes on the future.
For all forces involved, winning and losing are not etched in stone. Saudi Arabia and Israel can be either losers or winners. If they really do not want a bomb, they are winners. If they want Iran to stop being Iran – if they seek nothing less than Iran’s destruction – they will definitely lose.
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