After eight months of political horse-trading – on Friday, Iraqi political leaders agreed to form a ‘Unity Government’ which looks the same as the previous one on surface but less dictorial powers in the hands of the newly agreed-upon Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (Shia Dawa Party). Former President Jamal Talabani (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) retains his old post. The newcomer is the Speaker, Osama al-Najafi, a Sunni belonging to the Iraqiya bloc lead by the pro-USrael secular Shia former prime minister Iyad Allawi, a member of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist Party. Iyad Allawi is expected to head the newly formed National Council for Strategic Policy, which will act as a ‘Watch Dog’ on Baghdad’s foreign policy. Iyad allawi along with 60 members of his party walked out of the parliament when Nuri al-Maliki refused to lift ban on three Ba’athists as demanded by him.
The Washington Post reported on November 13, 2010 that US vice-president Joe Biden (an Israel-loving Christian Zionist whose son has Jewish wife) and his staff reluctantly accepted the new government realizing that “the new government should be no more subject to Iranian diktat than the last one”.
Ankara, which had supported Allawi’s Sunni-majority party, has congratulated the new government.
Iran has welcomed the new Iraqi government. Iranian Ambassador in Baghdad Hassan Danaeefar claims that several American delegations have held meetings with Iraqi officials and made certain requests which were rejected by the authorities.
The Secretary-Generals of both United Nations (Ban Ki-moon) and Arab League (Amr Mousa) declared their approval of the new government.
On October 18. 2010 – Nouri al-Maliki paid a visit to Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, who told him that the political interests of certain powers lie in creating insecurity in Iraq. Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the swift formation of a unity government and the restoration of security in Iraq are the country’s two major issues, calling all Iraqi officials to spare no efforts to form a unity government as soon as possible. The Leader expressed hope that the United States will end its occupation and the problems of the war-ravaged people of Iraq will be resolved soon.
Both Washington and Ankara campaigned for Iyad Allawi to form the new government, but when failed – both wanted him to be elected as the new President of Iraq.
Joost Hiltermann, an Iraqi expert with the World Bank created (1995) Zionist think tank, International Crisis Group, said: ”If things actually happen as just announced, it would indeed appear to be a victory for Maliki and for Iran, which pushed this scenario forward”.
Lt. Col. Michael Eisenstadt, director of Washington Institute for Near East Policy – the most powerful Israeli propaganda organ established by two American Jewish diplomats, Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk, played down Iranian influence in Iraq: “Extensive political, economic, religious and cultural ties provide Iran the potential for significant influence in Iraq. Iranian attempts to wield this influence, however, have often backfired, leading to a nationalist backlash by Iraqis and tensions with the Iraqi government. Iran-Iraq relations will continue to be bedeviled by a variety of unresolved issues dating to the Iran-Iraq War, and by an Iranian tendency to pursue policies viewed as harmful to Iraqi interests”.