January 24, 2019

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Iran very frightened of Israeli ties to Muslim states


From Iran’s Mehr News:

Parliament Speaker Special Aide in International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said here on late Tuesday that the moves by some Arab states aimed at normalization of relations with Israeli regime can jeopardize bilateral ties tremendously. 

Given the above issue, thawing ties of some Arab countries with the Zionist regime will incur irreparable damage to the Islamic World in the current situation, he reiterated.

Amir-Abdollahian made the above remark in his meeting with two heads of political parties in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He pointed to the longstanding positive relationship between Iran and Republic of Azerbaijan and said, “the relations between Islamic Republic of Iran and Republic of Azerbaijan are influenced by the longstanding and age-old historical ties of the two countries. The two nations share many commonalities in various fields.”

Even though Amir-Abdollahian only mentioned Arab states, there is a reason he made this point in Azerbaijan: because Israeli ties to the majority Muslim country are quite good.

Israel established relations with Azebaijan over 25 years ago, and was one of the first countries to recognize it.  Wikileaks has released a memo where Azeri president Ilham Aliyev  compared his country’s relationship with Israel to an iceberg: “Nine-tenths of it is below the surface.”

Iran normally attacks any Muslim nation that has ties with Israel, but in this case Iran is acting differently – because it is frightened that the Muslim nation would choose Israel over Iran if it had to make a choice. So the Iranian diplomat said nice things about relations between the two, while giving a warning at the same time.

Iran’s actions show that it is very, very afraid of Israeli diplomatic gains, which are occurring not only in reaction to Iran’s aggression towards Sunni Arab states but quite independently of it.

Iran knows that it is losing ground diplomatically. But it still cannot resist offering a stick along with a carrot to Azerbaijan.

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