- Shahrokh Zamani and Khaled Hardani are on hunger strike
- Another civilian is sentenced to death in Khomeini Shahr
- Five Years of Imprisonment for Baha'i Leaders
- Kurdish Death Row Prisoner Transferred, His Lawyer Arrested
- Two Prisoners Executed For Espionage in Tehran
- Imprisoned Dervish Transferred to Hospital after Heart Attack
- US Congress Moves Toward Full Trade Embargo on Iran
- Israel says UN pressure having no effect on curbing Iran nukes
- U.S. Congress moves to tighten sanctions on Iran
- Iran pushes ahead with new nuclear plant that worries West
- Iran acts to expand sensitive nuclear capacity: diplomats
- CIA head visits Israel to discuss Syria, Iran's nuclear program
- Women skirt Iranian music ban with fancy dress
- Religious leaders ban 30 women from running for Iran's presidency
- Iranian cleric: Women can't be president in Iran
- Iranians marrying foreigners without state consent face prosecution
- More women smuggling drugs out of Iran
- Canada’s High Court could try Iran for Zahra Kazemi murder
- Iran hackers aiming at U.S. energy firms
- Bahrain claims Iranian drone found
- UK: Iran, Hezbollah increasing support for Assad
- When it comes to Syria and Hezbollah, Israel is walking a tightrope
- IRGC: World now eying Iranian regime's resistance
- Two Iranians in Kenya found guilty of bomb plots
Monday 16 April 2012
Haaretz -- Iran's Fars News Agency published two anti-Saudi stories on Monday morning, signaling that someone in Tehran may be on to the growing confluence of interests between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Someone in Tehran must have read Amir Oren's column in Haaretz yesterday on the growing confluence of interests between Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as their joint front against Iran. Either that or the Iranian regime is feeling more isolated than ever, despite getting a five-week "freebie."
On Monday morning, the Fars News Agency published several anti-Saudi stories. One revealed that the Saudis training and arming Somali refugees, then sending them off to kill Shi'ites in Northern Yemen. There is no way to verify any of the details in the story, but the last paragraph of the story certainly rings true -
Whether or not there is any truth to the report, it is interesting that official Iranian sources never seem to mention the fact that the original inspirations for the Arab revolutionaries - in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen - were the brave Iranians who took to the streets in the 2009 Green Revolution.
But the more outlandish report is the one accusing Saudi Arabia and its Arab neighbors of standing aside while Israel occupies land. That may sound like a story you have heard a thousand times, but the report is not referring to the West Bank or Gaza, rather to the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, in the strategic Straits of Tiran. It is true that Israel occupied the Saudi-owned islands, (administered by Egypt) in the 1967 Six Day War but they were evacuated thirty years ago as part of the Camp David Accords. The only foreign presence on the islands now is that of the multi-national force which oversees the peace treaty.
Maybe there is a secret Israeli base on the Tiran islands, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia both turning a blind eye. But it is more likely that Iran realizes that while the world-powers are trying to negotiate a diplomatic solution to the nuclear impasse, some of its Arab neighbors are eager for the talks to fail and for the U.S (or Israel) to attack. That is why they are clutching at conspiracy theories, trying to direct the anger of the "Arab street" at their governments, and they may yet be successful.