Obama just loosened sanctions on Iran, relaxing rules on foreigners doing dollar-denominated transactions with businesses in the nation.
What did he get for it?
Two dual US nationals in Iran were today sentenced to 10 years in prison, including an 80 year old man.
No one in the post revolution history of Iran has tried as hard to improve relations with the regime, government and the people of Iran as President Obama. And the regime in Tehran has time and again humiliated Americans under his watch. First there was the US sailors incident, who after being caught were photographed on their knees. There is also the increasing number of dual US nationals being arrested in Iran.
This is in addition to the supreme leader of Iran personally denying the Holocaust, and then congratulating the organizers of the recent Holocaust cartoon competition in Tehran. The Holocaust is an important event not just to Israelis, but to Americans too. America is home to many Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust victims. Numerous concentration camps were liberated by US forces during the second world war.
The destructive behavior of the Iranian regime, especially during the Obama administration who tried so hard to improve relations undermines the argument by Trita Parsi that the main driver behind US policies towards Iran is their “Israelization”. That basically among the different factors, the biggest factor why the US behaves towards Iran in the way it does is because of Israel and its influence in the US.
Contrary to this claim, the Tehran regime has proven yet again that it plays a central role in how the US views Iran. Israel certainly has friends and influence on Capitol Hill and does play a role, but its role and influence are not the biggest reason behind US policies towards Iran. The people of America are not blind. They see the actions of Tehran regime, especially how it treats dual US citizens in Iran.
More importantly, the regime in Tehran, far more than Israel insists on and is successful in worsening relations with the US. Sentencing an 80 years old US national to 10 years in prison on trumped up charges in a Kangaroo court like it did today, is just one sure way of doing that.
There are many other methods and the regime in Tehran has and will continue to use them, because the revolution has proven to be a failure and the Iranian regime desperately needs an enemy. This is why on numerous occasions when opportunities arise for improvement bilateral relations (such as the post nuclear deal period), the regime undermines them. And Israel can’t be blamed for that.