Saudi and Israeli regimes provoking US into war with Iran in Trump’s last days
Senior diplomatic and military officials in Iran says intelligence shows that Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to provoke a war between Iran and the administration of outgoing US President Donald Trump.
During a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday, Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi, deputy commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said the Israeli and Saudi regimes seek to drag the US into another conflict in order to complicate matters for incoming US President Joe Biden.
The military commander said his warning about the incitement to war was based on mere “analysis,” but it had been verified through actual intelligence that the Islamic Republic had received.
He said the two regimes had launched the campaign because the policies that have been announced by Biden do not sit well with them.
“The Zionist regime [of Israel] and countries such as Saudi Arabia are trying to bring about a crisis and tension during Trump’s final days, and achieve their goals [thereby],” Hejazi said.
He said although Trump was entangled in attempts to reverse his election loss to Biden, Tel Aviv and Riyadh would still try “to drag him into a vortex.”
“They (the Israeli and Saudi regimes) want to exact revenge on Iran and put the next US president on a downward path, from which he would not be able to return,” the commander said.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a similar warning in a post on his official Twitter account on Saturday.
Zarif said Israeli agent provocateurs are planning to provoke a war through attacks on American forces in Iraq, advising Trump to avoid falling in such a “trap.”
“New intelligence from Iraq indicate that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans—putting an outgoing Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli,” the top Iranian diplomat tweeted.
The warnings come after the United States reversed a decision to bring an aircraft carrier home from the Persian Gulf days after ordering the vessel out of the Middle East, saying the decision was due to "recent threats" from Iranian officials.
On December 31, acting US defense secretary Christopher C. Miller ordered the USS Nimitz, which has been patrolling Persian Gulf waters since late November, to "transit directly home to complete a nearly 10-month deployment."
The order was issued on the same day Iran commemorated the anniversary of the US assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in an American drone strike conducted on January 3, 2020 in Baghdad upon a direct order by Trump.