U.S. President Barack Obama has a free hand to make a deal with Iran because he is not going to run again and does not have to worry about the influence of the Zionist lobby in election campaigns, according to Tehran-based journalist Hamid Golpira.
Golpira made the remarks on October 6 in an interview with Press TV that focused on the future of relations between Iran and the United States.
Following is a transcription of the interview:
Q: How do you assess Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif’s statements?
A: Well, I think he was right when he said that the U.S. has to make some kind of concession, should show some goodwill gesture, because at this point it is necessary; although I think things have developed in recent times, like in the last week or so, and it seems that there is a possibility of some deals on the nuclear issue, sanctions, and all of these issues… These are some of the problems that Iran and the United States are facing in their relations. So there might be a possibility for some progress.
Q: So, Hamid, how much of an issue do you think the Israel factor will play in all of this?
A: Well, in the United States, all of the politicians, at least the people running for office and who have a chance of winning office to some degree, have to play up to the Zionist lobby, even if they do not like them so much. They have a certain amount of power, a reasonable amount of power, a great deal of money, they are investing in campaigns. So they have to play up to them to a certain degree. But Obama himself has the advantage that the United States has term limits. He has already won a second election as the U.S. president. He is not going to run again. So there is one advantage for President Obama that he does not have to worry about future campaigns and worry about funding or dirty tricks on the side of the Zionist lobby.
But at the same rate, you have people in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives who do want to run for office again and are worried about the Zionist lobby, the amount of money they have, the fact that they could invest in a rival candidate or do many other things.
So, there is a certain influence there. But, like I said… at least Obama is in his last term because of term limits. So he himself is not going to be worried about some future campaigns and the necessity for funding, and his rivals, and the necessity of his rivals not having too much funding from the Zionist lobby.
Q: Does that essentially mean that the Iranian government has to be extremely cautious because it does not know if any agreements it signs with President Obama, for example, will withstand the test of time with other governments?
A: Well, Obama will be in office until 2017, if nothing happens, such as impeachment or something like that… Whatever happens in the future, only time will tell. But if we have a deal that will be implemented, hopefully long before then, and if it was set and the terms of the deal were being observed and recognized and not violated, whatever new government came in would be in a very different situation. And if they wanted to revert to the Bush administration tactics or something like that, it would be problematic for any government that would be coming in in 2017, depending on what happens between now and 2017 in Iran-U.S. relations.
(Source: Press TV)
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