Promoting Iranophobia, Propagandizing Shia-phobia

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What Is Common Plan of Arabs and the Zionist Regime?

Mohammad Ali Mohtadi
Middle East Analyst

Every once in a while, the political officials of the Zionist regime of Israel launch a false propaganda hype about the imaginary threat which is posed to littoral states of the Persian Gulf by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Therefore, the latest remarks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has encouraged regional Arab states to join the anti-Iranian campaign, is nothing new. For many years, the Zionist regime’s officials have made this issue part of their dominant discourse. The main goal of such efforts has been to change the main axis of conflict and confrontation in the Middle East. For years, the main axis of regional confrontations has been the conflict between Israel and Arabs, or between Israel and the entire Islamic world. Now, they want to change this by forming a kind of even unofficial alliance between Israel and a number of Arab countries against the Islamic Republic. Israel has been as such trying to find allies among the regional Arab countries against Iran. This, however, has not been an easy project and they have had to work hard on it. This was especially true following Israel’s 33-day war with the Lebanese Hezbollah in 2006 during which the Hezbollah managed to heavily defeat the Israeli forces and bar Tel Aviv from achieving its goals. The result of that war also foiled US efforts to go on with its Greater Middle East initiative. As a result of those failures, Israel has been trying to forge an axis of alliance against Iran in cooperation with certain Arab countries in the region.

To achieve this goal, Israel has been increasing its activities against Iran in two political and propaganda fronts. In one front, they have tried to highlight and intensify differences between Shias and Sunnis by trying to make the world believe that the Shia government of Iran is endeavoring to promote Shiism across the region and is, therefore, a major threat against the Sunni countries. Therefore, Sunni countries should join hands in order to prevent the growing influence of Iran in the region. The United States and Israel have focused their political and propaganda efforts on this goal and, unfortunately, they have been able to find many people in the Arab countries who have been ready to work toward the achievement of this goal in return for a good reward. As a result, two major Arab television networks, Al-Arabiya and Aljazeera, have increased their activities in line with this policy. There have also been major efforts underway to boost Salafi and Takfiri currents in the region. This project has been mostly spearheaded by countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They have been trying to achieve this goal in coordination with Israel and the United States as well as intelligence agencies of certain Arab countries, especially Jordan and Egypt, even before popular uprisings broke out in these countries.

The second front in which the previously mentioned project has been implemented is creation of fear and panic among Arab countries by scaring them of the military might of Iran. They have been trying to make regional Arab countries believe that the growing military power of Iran and the increasing clout of the Islamic Republic especially in the Persian Gulf region, is to the detriment of regional Arab states. Even Iran’s nuclear energy program, which is a totally peaceful project, has been depicted for the public opinion in the region as a military project whose main goal is to pose an essential threat to Iran’s neighbors, especially regional Arab countries. As such, they claim that Iran’s nuclear energy program does not pose any threat to Israel, nor is it meant to counterbalance Israel’s military power in the region. A lot of energy has been spent in these two fronts and Israeli officials, including its intelligence agency, Mossad, have been especially active in both fronts. The main goal of this project is to change the main direction and nature of the existing conflicts in the region. For more than half a century, there has been a conflict going on between Arabs and Israelis. They want to change that situation into a conflict between Arabs and Iran, so that, the Arab countries would have to get closer to Israel in order to head off the imaginary threat from Iran. In this way, the Israeli regime will be finally recognized in the security system of the region. On the other hand, instead of being recognized as an ally for the Arab countries which is trying to help with the liberation of Palestine and restoration of the rights of the Palestinian nation, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be depicted as a major threat to the Arab world and will be isolated in the region. Of course, this plan does not cover all regional Arab states and is mostly limited to Arab countries in the Persian Gulf and, to some extent, Jordan and Egypt. Unfortunately, following the breakout of popular uprisings in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa, both the United States and Israel have been proactively following this initiative and have managed to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from establishing close contacts with the revolutions in the Arab world.

The question is what Iran can do to prevent further escalation of this situation which is against its national interests? Just in the same way that the opposite side is using all available facilities and possibilities to demonize Iran, fan the flames of religious disputes between Shias and Sunnis, and scare the entire Arab world of the power of Iran, it takes the same amount of extensive planning to thwart these efforts. Such an extensive plan should clearly lay out the role which would be played by all involved elements. A large part of this plan will be about official diplomacy. Another part will be related to public diplomacy and the role which can be played by nongovernmental political currents and forces in cultural, scientific, academic and press fields. There is also a third part which should be done by the mass media.

Of course, the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies, especially the resistance movements, and those Arab countries which have not accepted to be a party to this project against the Islamic Republic of Iran have become already active in this regard. However, it seems that the opposite side has extensive facilities at its disposal and has been able to make the world believe its false conceptualization, especially because a number of religious circles have accepted to play a part in the project after being easily deceived by the West’s political hype. We saw in the past that some religious figures at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University made certain comments which proved their agreement to this project. Yusuf al-Qaradawi in Qatar is probably the most prominent religious and clerical personality who is pursuing this project. This issue, in part, has evolved into a religious and ideological aspect. Therefore, religious researchers and Muslim ulema should become more active in order to bring about proximity among various Islamic denominations with the ultimate goal of foiling the United States and Israel’s propaganda. The United States and Israel have spent a lot of money on promoting the Wahhabi ideas and Takfiri way of thinking. Unfortunately, despite vast efforts made to thwart such plots, effective plans have not been made to curb these destructive political currents. As a result of enemies’ propaganda, even many moderate Sunni currents and personalities have been influenced and have, thus, remained silent in the face of Salafi and Takfiri ideas. This area also provides a good field for suitable activities by Iran and other like-minded countries.

Key Words: Iranophobia, Shia-phobia, Israel, Arab Countries, Shias and Sunnis, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Mohtadi,

Source: Iranian Diplomacy (IRD)
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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