Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The ousted Shah of Iran Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi’s son urges Israel to support post-election riots in Iran to bring down the government of Tehran.
Reza Pahlavi, who is seen as a promising figure in pushing for a change of the government in Iran, told Maariv that Israel should back up recently sparked riots in Iran following the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the next president of the country.
The very existence of the ruling government in Iran could lead to a nuclear Holocaust, the former crown prince said but warned against an Israeli attack on the country.
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Under the accusation that Iran poses an ‘existential threat’ to Israel, Tel Aviv, the Middle East’s sole possessor of nuclear warheads, has repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military attack over its nuclear work.
Reza Pahlavi said that any military attack against Tehran could prompt the Iranians to stand by the government instead and therefore it would shatter hopes of any resumption of ties between Iran and Israel.
Iran and Israel had close ties before the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the US-backed monarchy in Iran. The two cut off all relations following the revolution with Iran refusing to recognize Israel as a state.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 7:34 am