Israel serving Western maritime interests in Middle East: Michael Jones
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A US political commentator says Israel has been created to serve the interests of certain Western maritime powers in the Middle East and create disunity in the region. Eugene Michael Jones, who is a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of Culture Wars magazine, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday. "Israel has a special status in the Middle East as the bulwark of the maritime powers, namely the United States and Britain," he said. "It was created for this purpose, it was created to cause dissention in the Middle East, it was created to give access to oil because Winston Churchill decided that the British navy was going to run on oil, and that's the purpose that it serves today," Jones stated. "So, I think, all of these negotiations are tactical maneuverings in the part of a longer strategic battle, which is basically to secure the Middle East for Western maritime Anglo-American interests," he said, commenting on Tel Aviv's disregard for international rules and regulations regarding its undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal. Israel is widely believed to be the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East with 200-400 nuclear warheads. Israel, which has started several wars in the region in its 65-year history of occupation, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear weapons program and does not allow international inspectors to visit its nuclear sites. On September 20, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) expressed grave concern over Israel's nuclear arsenal, saying it presents the greatest threat to the peace and security in the Middle East. Two days before the NAM issued the statement about Israel, Jim W. Dean, the managing director of Veterans Today, said that the Middle East will not see peace and stability as long as the regime in Tel Aviv refuses to put its nuclear weapons under international control. Elsewhere in his remarks in the interview with Press TV, Michael Jones said that the West will not stop pushing for a war against Syria. "I think what we just saw in Syria was a failed false-flag operation. It didn't work, and so now they're going to fall back. There will be negotiations in the United Nations -- this is all good, I am not trying to say it's a bad thing, but again it has to be looked at in broader geo-political strategic terms -- And that war is going to continue," he stated. The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21. Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation. On September 16, the United Nations issued a report by UN investigators, which said sarin nerve agent was used in the attack that allegedly killed hundreds of people. The UN team's mandate did not include assigning blame for the attack.