Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is placing the blame for Egypt’s
political turmoil on Jerusalem and Washington.
The Shi’ite religious
leader took to his official Twitter account on Saturday, to attack Egypt’s
former leader Hosni Mubarak and his relations with Israel and the
“Mubarak’s collaboration w/ Israel&US made Egyptians feel
humiliated so they made a #revolution&Zionists reacted against this
revolution now,” he tweeted.
He pointed out that Egyptians acted against
Israel in the past, saying “#Egypt was 1st country that entered into war w/
#Zionists for Palestinians.”
Khamenei also seemed to imply a parallel
between current army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Mubarak,
tweeting that Mubarak “was not a #freedom fighter or an anti-Zionist, but a
servant to the Zionists.”
In another tweet earlier this month he stated
that the “Zionist regime” is behind the turmoil, not only in Egypt, but in all
of the Arab countries. “Muslims must beware,” the tweet concluded.
earlier this month, Khamenei tweeted that the “#Zionist regime sit and watch the
situation of #Egypt w/ satisfaction.” A link in the text goes to a cartoon image
of a group of American political leaders laughing hysterically at the turmoil in
Tehran’s new foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday
in an interview with Iranian Mehr News that the country needs a more “proactive
diplomacy” and that one of his priorities would be to deal with the Egyptian
In what could become a common front against the military coup and
crackdown in Egypt, Zarif and his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu,
discussed the situation on Friday, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported on
The Turkish government, led by the Islamist AK Party, has been
criticizing the military since the coup that toppled Mohamed
Shi’ite Iran identifies with the Muslim Brotherhood and its
Islamist agenda even though it is a Sunni movement. Tehran, which historically
has had poor relations with Cairo, had a warm relationship with former president
Morsi’s government, and viewed the Muslim Brotherhood as part of the “Islamic
awakening” in the region.
Hundreds of Iranian students and NGOs rallied
on Thursday in Tehran against the Egyptian army’s crackdown.
provisional Friday prayer leader, Ayatollah Ali Movahedi Kermani, called for an
immediate end to bloodshed in Egypt and for Egypt to prevent foreign powers from
interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
Egyptian events should not be an excuse for the intervention of superpowers, said Kermani, according to a report in Tasnim.