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    Idée Fixe: Why Israel Inflates an Imaginary 'Iranian Threat'

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    Iran’s growing role in dealing with the crises in the Middle East remains a headache for Israel. Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a phone conversation with United States President Donald Trump, discussing the "Iranian threat" and measures to counter it, according to Israel’s Government Press Office.

    Moreover, on Monday, Netanyahu accused Tehran of being "the hotbed of global terrorism" and the cause of 80 percent of his country’s security problems.

    "Tehran’s goal is to plant its flag atop the ruins of the free world. A member of our defense establishment has estimated that Iran accounts for over 80 percent of our security problems," Netanyahu said at an event at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

    He also slammed Tehran for its alleged attempts to build a nuclear weapon, test ballistic missiles and its role in Middle Eastern instability.

    In an interview with Sputnik Persian, Hassan Hanizadeh, an Iranian political analyst and expert in Middle Eastern issues, stressed that the threat of Iran is imaginary.

    "Currently, the policy of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Syria is nearing a fiasco. As a result, these countries are trying to stir up Iranophobia, in a bid to restore their dominance and control over the region," Hanizadeh said.

    Moreover, during the recent security conference in Munich, Germany, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu had an informal meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The sides came to an agreement that it is necessary to form a united front to counter the threats of Iran.

    "This united front will be overseen by Washington and try to restrain Iran’s growing influence in the region. But they forgot that Iran is in the epicenter of the Middle East and has an outstanding military and a significant political reputation. Israel wants to undermine Tehran’s peaceful efforts in Iraq, Syria and other countries," the expert pointed out.

    Hanizadeh explained that by "igniting Iranophobia" Israel wants to distract attention from more serious problems and expand its settlement plans.

    "Israel is trying to portray Iran as an enemy to the entire Arab world. By doing this, Jerusalem paves the way for further occupation of Palestine territories, including in East Jerusalem. Thus, the 'Iranian threat' is used as a distracting maneuver," Hanizadeh concluded.

     

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    • avatar
      nonyank
      Just like the US needs a demon in Russia Israel needs their own to justify their INSANITY!
    • avatar
      elsa.zardini
      Well, we shall see. The DeepStateGate is deep indeed and irrespective of if President Trump and his team fully understand it, or are willing to, the truth will win with them or without them. You can fool some people all of the time and all the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time. That is a historical fact.
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      Marques rouges
      Sounds like projection : "Tehran’s goal is to plant its flag atop the ruins of the free world"

      Clearly whoever wrote the Elders of Zion was not that far from reality !
    • avatar
      elsa.zardiniin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, Exactly. "Se non è vero, è ben trovato".
    • avatar
      jlamenzo
      The likudniks are patently delusional, constantly fabricating enemies whenever and wherever they want, fomenting bloodlust every step of the way...they are so predictable!
    • 2007harleydavidsonsg
      Iranophobia ? There is indeed much to read on the subject. For good cause I might add.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply to2007harleydavidsonsg(Show commentHide comment)
      2007harleydavidsonsg, I agree. Amazing isn't it that some who visit this site simply cannot or do not wish to see it?
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      terryjohnodgers
      What a deliberately deceitful piece of propaganda this article is.

      1. It is a well known FACT that Iran has been developing Nuclear armaments - that is why Iran recently tested its first ballistic missile and Obama signed off with Iran on that 'treaty' that will not penalize the Islamic Republic for developing Nuclear weaponry.

      2. It is also another well known FACT that Iran is considered by the entire Western hemisphere to be the world's No 1 financier, trainer and assistant to some of the most politically destabilizing Islamic terrorist groups that are also proclaimed by the West as such.

      3. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been broadcasting loud and clear to any one who wishes to note, and continually ever since 1979, of its intention to, first annihilate Israel and the United States, and second, bring about the collapse of what remains of western civilization.

      4. The Islamic Republic of Iran is imposed on the vast majority of people who still consider themselves to be Persians and who want no part of the fanatical madness as being openly displayed by the mad Mullahs in charge. In 2009, a demonstration for democracy took place in Tehran where a young woman was shot dead by police while the demonstrators were physically attacked by police who sent many of them to hospital. Obama could have given his support for such a demonstration but remained mum, while he undermined Tunisia, Egypt and Libya - all ideological targets of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

      5. The Islamic Republic of Iran practises Sharia Law, a Law that has never evolved from its inception into Islam on Islam's formation in the 7th Century AD. Homosexuals are hanged from cranes and women are policed by Iranian religious police who oversee that they dress 'modestly.'

      Anyone who has any sense of decency, morality and justice would see the obvious threat that Iran poses to all.
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