Israeli analyst warns of Iran’s growing influence in Africa
Iran is using its armed forces and allies in the region to increase its presence in Africa, posing a serious threat to international security, an Israeli analyst claims, without providing evidence.
In the context of the attempts to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, little attention is given to the Islamic Republic’s meddling beyond the Middle East, according to Alexandre Grinberg is geopolitical adviser to the Reut Group, a think-tank in Israel.
The Hezbollah resistance movement in Lebanon, has established a foothold in Africa from which to operate on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and the Quds Force, a branch of IRGC, Grinberg wrote in the Jewish Chronicle.
He claimed that Hezbollah operates along with the Quds Force in the the Central African Republic in order to recruit and train members of the militant group Saraya Zahra.
This strategy is the model through which the Iranians aim to establish similar offshoots in Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The Israeli analyst said Iran’s preferred method is to operate under the cover of diplomatic missions, often through cultural attaché postings, using them as a “facade for the Quds Force’s covert activities.”
Observers say the Israeli regime is seeking to further infiltrated the continent after recently obtaining observer status in the Africa Union. This move has been opposed by a strong block of African countries and masses across the continent.
On July 22, Israel attained observer status at the bloc after nearly 20 years of lobbying.
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra has chastised the chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, for granting Israel observer status at the bloc, saying insistence on the measure will eventually result in the breakup of the regional organization.
African nations have condemned Israel’s barbaric crimes against Palestinians, including the recent bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip.
In April, US-based Human Rights Watch accused Israel of crimes against humanity by pursing policies of "apartheid" and persecution against Palestinians.
The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.
The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.