Attack on Egypt embassy marks beginning of Israel's end, Iranian officials say
Iranian Revolutionary Guards general compares attack on Israel's Cairo embassy to 1979 takeover of U.S. embassy in Tehran; Iran Defense Minister: incident shows force of anti-Israel sentiment in Mideast.
A recent attack by Egyptian protesters against the Israeli embassy in Cairo marks a significant turning point in the Arab States' attitude toward Israel, Iranian security officials said on Saturday, adding that the Arab Spring marked the beginning of Israel's end.
The Iranian officials' comments came after Egyptian commandos moved to release six besieged security guards from the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, while an Israeli Air Force plane evacuated over 80 diplomats, including family members from Cairo, after a mass group of Egyptian protesters broke into the embassy a little under two weeks ago.
Speaking in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi referred to the attack on Israel's embassy, saying that "given the takeover of the Zionist regime's espionage den and the escape of the ambassador of this usurper regime from Egypt, we can say that the second wave of Islamic awakening against the Zionist regime has started and we hope that his movement will continue with more power."
Vahidi also predicted a widening of anti-Israel efforts in the Middle East, with the Mehr news agency quoting the Iranian defense minister as saying that despite "efforts made by the enemies of Islam to control the regional revolutions, this awakening and anti-Zionist stream will continue in the other Islamic countries."
Also commenting on what he saw as a distinct anti-Israel strain in the Arab revival, top Iranian Revolutionary Guard official Masoud Jazayeri told the Fars news agency that Israel would not be returning its ambassador to Egypt in wake of the Cairo attack.
“The course of developments illustrates that the evil life of the fake Zionist regime has come to an end, and this regime will never return to Egypt,” Jazayeri was quoted as saying, comparing the attack on Israel's embassy to the capturing of the U.S. embassy in Tehran at the height of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
“As the U.S. embassy in Tehran was captured and marked a turning point in the Islamic Revolution, the storming of the Zionist regime’s embassy in Cairo, which was undoubtedly this fake regime’s house of spies in Egypt and North Africa, was definitely a golden page in the history of developments occurring in Egypt and the region, and blocked the way for any comprise and deviation,” Jazayeri said.
The Iranian general also added that Arab revolutions have brought on more pressre on Israel, saying: "The noose becomes tighter around the United States, the Zionist regime, and those who have infringed the rights of nations,” and their allies will experience the same fate."