Iran’s engagement with Israel and the ‘Great Satan’

Iran is described as the sponsor of terrorism around the world not only by Arab countries but by the international community as well.


This description is not just a media escalation to confront Iranian expansion, but is recognized by decision-makers. The US State Department’s annual report puts Iran at the top of its list of states supporting terrorism.

It also classifies Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia, which is backed by Tehran, as a terrorist organization. The report says Iran supports sectarian militias in Iraq and the regime in Syria, a country that is also on the list for supporting terrorism.

Despite the nuclear deal, many American thinkers and decision-makers are fully aware that Iran poses the greatest threat to the world.



Ever since the revolution, the Iranian regime has been pragmatic and ready to deal with demons for its own interests. While it has described the United States as the “Great Satan,” they secretly worked together to overthrow the Shah.

Iran spreads chaos while pretending to be engaged in a struggle for virtue. It condemns devils while running after them and dealing with them. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of this fact.

Turki Aldakhil


Recently declassified CIA documents show that former US President Jimmy Carter supported replacing the Shah, and that Ruhollah Khomeini, who became Iran’s Supreme Leader, was receiving support from his administration.

Washington exercised great pressure on the Shah, forcing him to step down.

Documents also revealed that Khomeini received support from former US president Jimmy Carter who forced Shah Mohammad Reda Bahlawi to leave Iran so that Khomeini would take power.

Add to it the fact that the US administration put pressure on the Shah to resign and thus hand over power to Khomeini. Negotiations are said to have taken place behind the scenes between the associates of Khomeini and Carter administration. Khomeini was reportedly even willing to sell oil to Israel.

Reports of Washington’s secret engagement with him are shocking and unexpected. The documents mention that: “the founder of the Walih Faqih in Khomeini’s Iran was strongly connected to the US government since the 60s of the last century, even before arriving in Tehran from Paris and announcing the revolution in 1979.”

Khomeini was not only supported by Paris, where he set the course of the revolution, but also by Washington since the 1960s. The revolution would have failed without the US support. The documents also show Khomeini’s almost total abidance by the United States and Israel.

Iran’s political pragmatism chases the West and deals with it secretly. The nuclear deal is an example.

Many articles have tackled the possibility of alliance between Iran and Israel, the most famous of which was a book written by Trita Parsi entitled: “Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States”. It is a very good and comprehensive book full of detailed information about the time.

However, official documents give us a clear picture. It is obvious that there is more than one dimension to the Iranian regime because it stands against the West while it goes weak to work out an alliance with the West at whatever cost. The Iranian revolution would, at the same time, be an American move against the Shah.

History has its lessons and politics its secrets. Iran’s links with the world of terrorism has not been fully exposed. Documents are proof that Iran’s revolution is nothing but a West-designed revolution and its outcome has even reached the West itself.

Iran spreads chaos while pretending to be engaged in a struggle for virtue. It condemns devils while running after them and dealing with them. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of this fact.

This article was first published in Al Bayan on June 8, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Aldakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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