The developments in the Middle East over recent months have taken a sharp turn towards militarisation and outright conflict - and even the start of a new war in the region due to the meddling of the US, Saudi and Israeli governments in fanning the flames in the region. The recent decision by the US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, his decision in declining to certify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)’s interim approval; the continued provocative statements of Israeli Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu; the Israeli military aggression on Syrian territory; the attempt by the Saudi government to plunge Lebanon into a deep crisis by forcing the visiting Lebanese premier, Saad Hariri, to resign his post while blaming Iran of destabilising policies towards Lebanon- add up to create a more dangerous atmosphere in the Middle East. To this potent mixture we should add the continuation of the imperialist aggression in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of innocent people are trapped in a war imposed on them by the reactionary governments of the neighbouring countries and the Saudi led coalition. The “declaration of war” on Iran by the Bahraini government also represents a very dangerous development that could well engulf another part of the region in a devastating war.
It is in such a tense situation that we witness the US actively and directly encouraging the development of closer and more open ties between the Israeli and Saudi governments as the spearhead to their powerful military alliance in the region directed against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The WPC is seriously concerned about the provocative statements and threats emanating from US Imperialism directed against Iran which have taken on an increasingly dangerous dimension since Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia - where he finalized a massive $300 billion arms deal - and then Israel, in May 2017. Two weeks ago, the Executive Committee of the WPC meeting in Hanoi stated its serious concern about the new threats of the US administration and Israel against Iran, in the light of the possible retreat of the US from the international accord on nuclear activity signed by its previous administration and the other permanent UN Security Council members. The dangers of an escalation of the conflict are clearly reflected in the sharply deteriorating relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The WPC strongly denounces the US, the EU, NATO and Israel for playing an especially negative role in the developments spreading destabilization, militarism and war in the Middle East, along with the ruling reactionary forces in Turkey and the Persian Gulf monarchies (particularly Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) that actively promote the interests of the monopolies, using all political, economic and military means at their disposal. The WPC demands the end to all of the above and supports the right of the people of the Middle East to freely decide their matters alone and without outside interference.
The WPC calls upon all of the peace supporting forces of the world to intensify their campaigns directed towards the prevention of a new war and military adventure in the Middle East. We defend the principles of the founding Charter of the UN, which are being trampled and abused by imperialism.
The WPC reaffirms its solidarity with the people of Iran and its peace loving forces, against any foreign interference in their affairs and in support of their struggle for social, political and people’s rights in all spheres.
The WPC calls for the strengthening of the struggle against imperialist wars and militarism, for peace and disarmament and for the solidarity with the just causes of the peoples of the region.
The Secretariat WPC
8th December 2017