The United States plans to revive the Iran nuclear deal and potentially curtail efforts to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, one analyst told CNBC on Monday.
The escalation of violence in the Middle East – including Israeli air strikes on Gaza and rocket attacks from terrorist groups Hamas in Israeli cities has killed at least 188 people in the Gaza Strip and Eight in Israel since tensions escalated last week Among the deaths were 55 children in Gaza and a five-year-old boy in Israel, the Associated Press reported.
President Joe Biden has shown little signs that he will increase public pressure on Israel to accept the immediate ceasefire, and that may be because he wants to revive the Iran nuclear deal, said Jonathan Chancer, vice president. Speaking at Hawkish Foundation̵7;s senior research advisory for the Defense of Democracy.
Schanzer told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” that Washington’s silence may be involved in the Iran nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was canceled by the previous administration in 2018.
Iran and Hamas
A return to the deal would result in Iran being eased billions of dollars in sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. Tehran was able to use the money to fund terrorist groups because “Iran is Hamas’s leading supporter,” Schanzer explains.
He added that the United States would find itself inadvertently indirectly supporting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system (L) intercepted a (R) rocket launched by the Hamas Movement in southern Israel from Beit Lahia, north of Gaza, as seen in the sky over the Gaza Strip at night. May 14, 2021
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“That may have contributed to the US a little quieter because Israel has acted impunity for the past day,” he added, saying Israel “has a stake in this conflict.”
The US may remain silent for a few days. This will allow Israel to weaken Hamas militants even more, he said.
Ryan Bohl, an analyst at risk advisory in the Middle East and North Africa, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” that the US is the only country in the world that can change Israeli behavior and has “the right to do so.” He agreed that Israel was in the driver’s seat of the conflict.
Last week, the United States opposed an attempt by the United Nations Security Council to release a public statement on the Israeli-Palestinian tensions, concerned the order could affect diplomacy behind the scenes.
Another Reuters report said US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Security Council: “The United States has worked tirelessly through diplomatic channels to try to end this conflict.”
Iran nuclear deal talks
The Israeli-Hamas conflict has not “had a serious impact” over negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, analysts at risk adviser Eurasia Group said in a memo last weekend.
Before the latest clashes, negotiations to revive the nuclear deal were mired in “The complexity of mitigating sanctions and nuclear restrictions,” analysts said.
However, the Biden’s administration has pushed back against critics who claim the United States should end talks with Iran at a time when Iran’s ally Hamas is launching rockets at Israel, according to Eurasia Group records.
“Still, the confrontation will increase pressure on the administration, including from moderate Democrats, to make credible plans for following up on talks with Tehran, especially on the support of proxies at the level. Region, ”the report said.