Iran: Arab Unrest Saving Israel

Arabs who are protesting against tyranny are really doing Israel's bidding, says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Tags: Iran
David Lev , | updated: 10:28 PM

Protesters in Tahrir square
Protesters in Tahrir square
Israel news photo: Essam Sharaf, Wikicommons

The protests in the Arab world against government tyranny – like that practiced by the governments of Syria and Libya – are not really about securing liberty for the residents of those dictatorships, says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the latest iteration of Ahmadinejad's “blame everything on the Jews” ideology, the Iranian leader says that the only reason Arabs are protesting is that they were put up to it by “the Zionists.”

“In the final days of their existence, plotters intend to cause difference and clash in our region to save the Zionist regime (Israel),” Ahmadinejad said, dismissing the claims of the protesters themselves, who claim they are fighting oppressive, entrenched leaders who care not a whit about them. Untrue, says Ahmadinejad: “Arrogant powers are selling their arms and creating conflicts in the region,” the state-run IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.

These “arrogant powers” – generally Ahmadinejad's code name for Israel and the U.S. – “use such weapons to damage countries and plunder assets and oil of nations under the pretext of making progress in their countries,” he added. It was the protests in the Arab world that were saving Israel, he said – and Arabs would do well to patch up their internal differences and concentrate on “the true enemy.”

In an earlier statement, Ahmadinejad more directly blamed Israel for the unrest in the region. Meeting with Turkish officials, Ahmadinejad said that Israel and the U.S. had placed their agents in Arab countries in order to sow discord. “The Zionist entity is the greatest threat to the region,” the Iranian dictator said. “Arab states must be wary of the plots of foreigners.”