This week top officials in Saudi Arabia made harsh statements against Iran following the exposure of its plot to assassinate the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Washington.
The declarations further reinforced the anti-Saudi sentiment expressed of late by the Iranian press, according to an intelligence report from Israel’s the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
Radical Islamists in the Middle East and northern Africa blasted the Saudi Kingdom’s choice to side with the United States in what they termed “baseless allegations against Iran”
They accused the Saudi Royal Family of reacting to the developments in Bahrain and Yemen — where radical Islamists see a chance for government takeovers — and Saudi anger with Iran for morally supporting the people of Bahrain.
“Its regional status compromised by the popular uprisings in the region, Saudi Arabia is forced to cooperate with the United States in its psychological and propaganda war against Iran,” claim Iranian officials in their state-run news service..
Islamist propaganda is telling the Arab and Muslin world that there is an internal and external crisis facing the Saudi authorities. The propaganda alleges that there were attempts made by the United States to generate a crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but it won’t work because the Saudi Kingdom is currently unable to become involved in a propaganda war or military confrontation with Iran.
At the same time, the Iranian press accused Saudi Arabia of collaborating with the United States against the nations of the region and of suppressing its Shi’ite citizens.
They accused Saudi Arabia of being involved in the assassination of the leaders of several Islamic movements in the region and Iranian nuclear scientists, while the Mehr News Agency strongly criticized Saudi Arabia’s policy of suppression and discrimination of its Shi’ite citizens.
The Alef website also lashed out against Saudi Arabia, warning that, if it comes to a point where the anger of the Iranian people with the hated Saudi regime is unleashed, the Iranian forces will cleanse the holy land of Hejaz of the dirty name of the Saudi regime.
Meanwhile, radical cleric Mehdi Ta’eb responded to the accusations against Iran by saying that if Iran wanted to, it could assassinate King Abdullah itself.