Jailed Iranian journalist uncovers Iran-Israel relations
Karimi met with Mossad and Ettelaat agents
Jailed Iranian Nader Karimi uncovered an “intimate” relationship between Iran and Israel and vowed to release a book about the information he has when he is set free.
Nader Karimi, an inmate of the Evin Prison in Tehran over charges of destabilizing the regime, said that the animosity between Iran and Israel does not exceed a verbal war that is meant to give the Muslim world the impression that Iran is Israel’s staunch enemy and the protector of Palestinians.
“Observers, journalists, and political analysts got caught in this verbal war and were not capable of delving into the depths of the relationship between the two countries,” Karimi wrote in an article he sent to AlArabiya.net.
Karimi added that the Iranian and Israeli governments have been using journalists to make their “charade” credible and to deceive the world into thinking that they are enemies.
Karimi, who is also an expert in Iranian-Israeli affairs, said that the years he spent talking to Iranian diplomats and studying the history of the relationship between Iran and Israel made him realize that both countries are, in fact, benefiting from the fake war propagated by mass media.
Observers, journalists, and political analysts got caught in this verbal war and were not capable of delving into the depths of the relationship between the two countries
Iranian journalist Nader Karimi
Meeting Mossad agents
Before writing about the nature of Iranian-Israeli relationships, Karimi decided to hold meetings with representatives of intelligence agencies in both countries.
“As a journalist who abides by the ethics of journalism, I thought that it would be unethical to write about this topic without first meeting intelligence agents from both Iran and Israel to learn the truth.”
Karimi explained that it was much easier and less costly to meet agents from the Iranian affairs division at the Mossad than to meet agents from the Israeli affairs division at Ettelaat, the main intelligence agency in Iran.
“I went to Turkey and approached Israeli agents of Iranian origins,” he wrote. “I told them I am an opposition journalist who wants to oust the current regime and that was enough to gain their trust.”
According to what Karimi heard from Mossad agents, the fall of the current regime is not in Israel’s benefit for the time being.
“Israel prefers a weak and isolated regime in Iran because this makes it easier for them to wage those verbal wars that spread terror in the region.”
Karimi said that Iran’s preoccupation with huge armament projects is in fact an Israeli and American plan to which the regime has fallen prey.
Through his meetings with Mossad agents, Karimi found it unlikely that Israel will launch a military attack against Iran.
Israel prefers a weak and isolated regime in Iran
Iranian intelligence agents
As for Iranian intelligence agents, Karimi pretended that he made a grave mistake by contacting Mossad agents and he wanted to confess in an attempt to gain an insight of the Iranian intelligence perspective.
After spending 20 hours throughout two weeks with Mossad agents, Karimi spent more than 200 hours interrogated and tortured at Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security until he was finally forced to write confessions of crimes he had not committed.
“However, I have to admit that it was much easier to extract information from Iranian intelligence agents during interrogations than to get similar information from Israeli agents.”
One of the most important conclusions Karimi reached during his long interaction with Iranian intelligence agents is that it was in Iran’s interest to have Israel launch a war of words against it every now and then or even embark on violent actions in the Occupied Territories.
“Israeli actions make it easier for the Iranian government to flex its muscles and to incite Arab public opinion.”
Israeli actions make it easier for the Iranian government to flex its muscles and to incite Arab public opinion
In his article, Karimi pointed out that despite the declared war between Iran and Israel, there are trade relations between the two countries.
“Several goods, like fruits, are brought from Israel, and many Israeli companies have businesses in Iran. They are dealing with the economy of the country they call ‘the enemy’.”
Karimi added that the Iranian government has never made a list of Israeli commodities or companies that should be banned and that it is not expected to do so.
According to Karimi, since the Iran-Iraq war, Iran brokers have been buying expensive weapons and equipment with the help of Israeli brokers.
“The satellite images taken during the Iran-Iraq war reveal the usage of electronic warfare, extremely sophisticated radars and wireless sets. All this raises questions about the clandestine deals between Iran and the Israeli brokers.”
Karimi added that Israeli agents go in and out of Iran freely and not with Israeli passports.
“This happens right under the eyes of the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security.”
Palestinians forced to spy
Karimi pointed out that the Iranian government takes advantage of Palestinian students who receive grants to study in Iran and forces them to spy on their fellow Palestinians as well as on Arab embassies in Tehran.
“A Palestinian student was doing his PhD in Islamic history in Tehran and was recruited by the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security to spy on the embassies of Jordan and Sudan in Tehran.”
This student, he added, was later kicked out from Iran after spending 15 months in jail.
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)