John Kerry: Israel And Saudi Arabia Urged A Preemptive US Strike On Iran Prior To Nuclear Deal

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry revealed earlier this week that just prior to negotiations on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the leaders of Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia pushed hard for the US to preemptively strike Iran. Kerry divulged the information during a panel discussion at a nuclear weapons reduction forum at Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday where he defended the deal, saying those that wanted harsher action would have led the nation into another major Middle East war.

Kerry described the lead up to the deal as involving intense and aggressive lobbying toward military escalation by the three countries, whose leaders attempted to personally intervene. “Each of them said to me: You have to bomb Iran, it’s the only thing they are going to understand,” Kerry related at Tuesday's forum. 

He further explained, “I remember that conversation with President Mubarak. I looked at him and said: It’s easy for you to say. We go bomb them and I bet you’ll be the first guy out there the next day to criticize us for doing it. And he went: ‘Of course, ha-ha-ha-ha!’”

Kerry also identified Benjamin Netanyahu as taking a clear lead role in pushing for direct military action against Iran, saying, “It was a trap in a lot of ways. But more importantly, Prime Minister Netanyahu was genuinely agitating towards action.”

Though it's not clear exactly when these exchanges took place, Kerry chaired the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2006-2013 before his term as Secretary of State under Obama. This was also the same post-Iraq invasion period that regime change in Syria was being openly discussed. Syria has long been seen as Iran's closest ally and as constituting a key potential geographic land bridge linking Shia allies from Iran and Iraq to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel has heightened its rhetoric against Iran of late, claiming that the Shia dominant Islamic Republic is establishing a permanent military presence in war ravaged Syria in support of the Assad government and Hezbollah - an intolerable scenario which Netanyahu has called "a red line".

“You have to bomb Iran, it’s the only thing they are going to understand... Prime Minister Netanyahu was genuinely agitating towards action.” Kerry's statements on Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia begin at the 51:00 minute mark.

As once again recently confirmed at an emergency session of the Arab League held in Cairo two weeks ago, Iran is currently being scapegoated by Israel and Saudi Arabia for just about all tensions which have recently exploded in an increasingly volatile Middle East, including the civil war in Yemen, Houthi missile attacks on Riyadh, inter-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) infighting, the Hezbollah "takeover" of Lebanon, as well as the sectarian war in Syria. However, as Kerry has consistently said over the past year, "Iran deserves the benefits of deal they struck."

And at the very least Kerry's disclosure of Israel and Saudi Arabia's constant warmongering confirms that these two increasing allies (as their newly revealed intelligence sharing relationship confirms) are not "victims" of Iranian aggression - as they've consistently claimed - but are themselves the aggressors, given their lobbying the Obama administration for a Bush-style 'preemptive strike' on Tehran.

During the nuclear weapons reduction forum on Tuesday Kerry further warned that without the deal Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt would be currently locked in a nuclear arms race, and the region would be much closer to outbreak of major war. But increasingly, the region's current covert proxy wars threaten to break out into full blown overt wars at the moment ISIS is being defeated and as the regime change project targeting Syria has failed.

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totenkopf88's picture

Israeli chickenshits should fight their own wars

wildbad's picture

go can take him...he's easy...go ahead

totenkopf88's picture

Congress may not agree on anything to help the American people but they fall all over themselves to give US taxpayer money to Israel- last week they approved sending over $750M for Israel's missile defense system.

beyondtheprogramming's picture

Wow. Seriously?  
" give US taxpayer money to Israel" ?

Are you certain it's US taxpayer money and not just a lot of 1s and 0s conjured up at the FED to protect the FED's own interests?




two hoots's picture

Just like your paycheck is 1s and Os but I bet you are more protective of what is yours?   Well,  broaden that to include what is ours  unless you're not one of us.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Of course they urged the US to hit the Iranian tar baby and become ensnared in an unwinnable, economically crippling adventure that can only end in humiliation and defeat. That's what steadfast allies do.

Paul Kersey's picture

Israel's defense policy is to fight as many Middle East wars as possible, right up to the last American soldier and last American taxpayer dollar. The game is called, "Let's you and him fight".

SilverRhino's picture

Former Secretary of State John Kerry revealed earlier this week that just prior to negotiations on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the leaders of Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia pushed hard for the US to preemptively strike Iran.


Pretty sure that little fuckhead just released CLASSIFIED state secrets :  Arrest him

two hoots's picture

And what does Trump have to do with where the capital of Israel is located?  

null's picture

POTUS has traditionally had a secret hypnotic connection to the Knesset. Or at least that’s the impression I get here ...

Salzburg1756's picture

democracy in USA = jews own all establishment politicians

HowdyDoody's picture

We must always remember things - first Iran, second Iran, and third Iran

Giant Meteor's picture

Like flies to shit, puppets on a string ..

Up, down, up, down .

Well done !

FreeShitter's picture

They have been, aganst the goyim  for forever it seems.

booboo's picture

Lot of “Jews” in Iran, gonna nuke his own “chosen” or does he know something most modern American Christians don’t. That’s right, a religion don’t make a you chosen. They rejected their own savior, thus breaking the last covenant with their God. Apache’s of the Middle East is all they amount to, no better.

null's picture

Why, you don’t feel sorry for their enemies? You do realize that it would not be a fair contest, right?
Hmmm, since I bet you do ... you probably just want them to have to get in trouble for kicking ass and subsequently get whacked by the USA when the DNC can sneak Another Iranian agent into the administration; ah, well played.

But in general, yes, of course, the USA should only kick your buddies asses if it has a compelling US National Interest. And I don’t see that in Israel ... and probably not SA either.

Winston Churchill's picture

Because they KNOW Iran already picked up soviet nuke warheads in the early 90's.

Israel will never attack Iran on its own,they don't like fair fights.

buzzsaw99's picture

i think that's in the usa constitution.  only israel or saudi arabia may declare war...

FreeShitter's picture

Iran, NK, Rothschild fiat central banks there. 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

(((Global domination))) almost complete

Sofa King Confused's picture

Just in time for crypto currencies to make their money obsolete

beyondtheprogramming's picture


May want to rethink that comment...


gatorengineer's picture

And the three economies combined dont equal Texas.... whats your point? unless the assumption is that the joo world order must control all no matter if they are irrelevant

Mustahattu's picture

Iran needs some nork nukes.

Mustahattu's picture

Votes down are from joos.

Chris88's picture

Good thing Donny is not an Israel lap dog...oh, wait.

curbjob's picture

Trump is Netanyahu's early warning colon cancer system.

That bulge in the seat of Bibi's pants is no accident; it's Trumps little feet.

Chris88's picture

"Trump is Netanyahu's early warning colon cancer system."

Thank God I wasn't drinking my water when I read that, lol.

buzzsaw99's picture

hitlary would be doing the same thing so it's not like anyone had a choice in the matter.

D.T.Barnum's picture

Que hasbara shills 3...2....1...

D.T.Barnum's picture

Hmm, they are snoozing.  Too much manishevitz last night bubi

two hoots's picture


Just the thought of Netanyahu having the possibility of influencing/suggesting the use of the US, military or otherwise, should be deeply concerning to all Americans????  How deep is Israel imbeded in Washington?

We should start an inquiry with those he made the request as that is the obvious first leak in our sovereign/autonomous bucket.

This is not something you just say, "who would've thought?" or some name calling, this is no casual matter. 

Mueller should expand his inquiry into Israel influencing elections, foreign polity, DOD decisions........what is the difference what outsiders are doing it. 



shovelhead's picture

Hey, it's a free market where you can buy all the influence you want. A little cash for a little vote or a promising career in the private sector when you leave 'public service', no problem.

It's all perfectly legal, according to law. Mostly...

Who writes the laws and who allows them to stand?

You can scream about Jews all you want but the real problem is closer to home, innit?

Sorry to bring you this distressing news.

wmbz's picture

Hey Lurch, just shut the fuck up!

Go do the ketchup queens toe nails or something, that you have a slim chance of being good at.

WTFUD's picture

I didn't know Warren Buffet was GAY!

ZeroBeek's picture

Yeah, muslims are horrible. Nuke them!

williambanzai7's picture

Remember the USS Liberty

Bill of Rights's picture

Who the fuck cares what this has been fake prick has to say...

teslacoil's picture

Fuckheads Kerry, Yobama, Clinton got the US into this mess (after the other asshole Bush), and should be hung until dead.

Wonder how much cashola they have in untraceable offshore bank accounts?  Hundreds of millions minimum.

Their non-profits a diversionary front for the real crimes.

D.T.Barnum's picture

There is a simple clean up strategy for the "mess."  Ron Paul repeats it everyday in his podcasts.

WTFUD's picture

Time those 2 Rogue States of Israel & Saudi were heavily Sanctioned.

two hoots's picture

It's time to round up those the rogue states can influence here in our own country.

trailer park boys's picture

Cut off their US funded weapons welfare. No more 'tail wagging the dog'.

null's picture

You sure you want to up the stakes by having them make their own?

USA appeases them with the handout ... you do not want people with nothing left to lose to not be a short-leash.

two hoots's picture

Nice sells pitch.  


Posa's picture

No. They're isolated rogue states and best left to themselves ... Putin has offered a buffer zone in Syria... but otherwise the two have no support for belligerence and aggression