Hatred of and opposition to Israel supersedes all other considerations for Iran’s religious overlords. Right? RIGHT?? Well, maybe not all other considerations…
It seems that some years back, a high-ranking Iranian official forged some kind of relationship with Israel. The Iranian reportedly lost his job, but the investigation into this alleged heinous crime was dropped. Why? Because he is the brother-in-law of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
That was the charge leveled this week by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
An Iranian news website linked to Ahmadinejad on Sunday published a letter by the former president in which he claimed that Hassan Khojasteh, former deputy head of the state broadcaster IRIB, was hosted by Israeli businessmen in India back in 2009.
Khojasteh, who is the brother of Khamenei’s wife, then reportedly made plans to secretly visit Tel Aviv. But Ahmadinejad, who was then president, discovered what was happening and removed Khojasteh from his position. The matter was not investigated, however, “due to certain considerations.”
Khamenei loves his wife. Her brother being prosecuted as a traitor and a “Zionist” would have likewise dragged her into the mud.
Sources close to Khamenei are of course adamant that Ahmadinejad is lying. But the former president has long claimed to be in possession of damaging secrets.
Without going into further details, Ahmadinejad asserted that Khojasteh was not the only high-ranking Iranian that Israel had “gotten to.” He noted Israel’s stunning success in repeatedly disrupting Iran’s nuclear program, which wouldn’t be possible without inside help.
For more on this, see:
- What’s Behind the Assassination of Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist
- How Israel Again Disrupted Iran’s Nuclear Program
- Mossad Chief Wants to Increase ‘Activities’ Against Iran
Israel and Iran were allies prior to the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The Jewish state no doubt still has many connections inside Iran.
Disgruntled former president
Ahmadinejad and Iran’s religious overlords have a rocky relationship. They banned him from running in the recent presidential election. Another Islamist cleric, Ebrahim Raisi, instead became the new president of Iran.
Regime officials are using the tension between Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs to paint the former president as a disgruntled liar bent on revenge.
But Israeli Middle East analysts like N12’s Ehud Ya’ari say the Iranian public is clamoring for Ahmadinejad to reveal more of the Islamic Republic’s deep, dark secrets.