Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, accused Israel of planning some sort of attack against the U.S. For which it will blame Iran. Zarif said this in a Tweet addressed to outgoing American President Donald Trump. Such an attack, he charged, would be carried out before Joe Biden is inaugurated the forty sixth President of the United States on January 20th because it is feared in Iran that Mr. Trump is planning to attack that country in some way before he leaves office.
The Iranian Foreign Minister issued this bizarre assertion on the anniversary on the anniversary today, January 2, of the U.S. targeted assassination of an Iranian general in Iraq. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike by the United States because he was helping ant-American forces in Iraq.
“New intelligence from Iraq indicate(s) that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans, putting an outgoing Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli,” said Zarif said Mohammad Javad in a tweet.
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“Be careful of a trap, @realDonaldTrump. Any fireworks will backfire badly,” he added.
Tensions have been mounting in the entire region for months now with some expecting that President Trump intends to make some sort of aggressive move against Iran in his last few weeks in office.
A week ago Iran responded to the Israel’s sending a submarine to the Persian Gulf with threats. The Israeli military sent a submarine through the Red Sea traveling exposed above the waterline so as to let the Iranian government know that it was on the way. The said that they expected some sort of attack by Israel and promised retaliation for any hostile acts.
In November Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was known as the father of the Iranian nuclear bomb, was assassinated in Iran. The Iranians blamed Israeli agents for his death. Seyed Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, reportedly said at the time, “Undoubtedly, the Islamic Republic of Iran will give a calculated and decisive answer to the criminals who took Martyr Fakhrizadeh.”
Iran gave the man a state funeral in Tehran. Iranian military personnel in full dress uniforms carried his coffin. The Iranians have also claimed to have found the weapon used to kill him and that it bears the logo and specs of Israel’s military industry, whatever that means.
Many political observers have expressed concern that President Trump may commit some sort of irrational acts before he leaves office. As of today, the President continues to insist that he did not lose and that he will find a way to prevent the certification of the American Electoral College results by the U.S. Senate which is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 6.
Either way, a sudden conflict with Iran would be perceived by some as a way to confuse and distract the American public at the time of the changeover in power.