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Regional states should rethink teaming up with Israel against Iran: Jordan MP

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

A Jordanian lawmaker says regional states that have been allying themselves with Israel against Iran should revisit the policy after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear expert, in which the occupying regime is the prime suspect.

Omar Ayasrah hailed a decision by Amman to condemn the assassination and urge restraint, the New Khaleej website that addresses the developments in the Persian Gulf’s littoral states, reported on Tuesday.

A former head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted in a terror attack involving at least one explosion and machinegun fire in the town of Absard near Tehran.

Iranian government officials and military commanders said the assassination bore all the hallmarks of the Israeli regime’s aggression.

And an informed source told Press TV on Monday that the weapon that had been collected from the site of the terrorist act bears the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry.

Ayasrah called Fakhrizadeh “the true father of Iran’s nuclear project.”

He said the assassination is cause for major tension, instigated by Israel, and is aimed at dragging the administration of US President Donald Trump in it as well.

“Everybody is concerned whether the Zionists would do something that could have Trump’s administration attack Iran,” he said.

This is why Jordan considers the assassination to be an escalation “that can lead to war,” and, therefore, took the “right decision” to express solidarity with Iran in its aftermath and advise avoidance of further escalation.

Amman’s condemnatory position sent across this message to both Israel and others in the region that the policy of “gathering at Israel’s table over ‘Iranian threat’ warrants profound reconsideration.”

As another dangerous development that was about to affect the Middle East, Ayasrah referred to the Trump team’s top advisor, Jared Kushner’s pending trip to the region, where he is expected to visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

An administration source told Reuters on Sunday that Kushner, also Trump’s son-in-law, was expected to take the trip in an apparent bid to try and convince Riyadh to normalize its relations with Tel Aviv.

As part of Trump-sanctioned efforts by Kushner, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan have already normalized their ties with the occupying regime.

All Palestinian factions have unanimously condemned the rapprochement, calling it a stab in the back of Palestinians and their cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.
Iran has also urged the regional states strongly against rapprochement with Israel, saying the region’s affairs, especially its security situation, have to be decided on by its own members rather than foreign and extra-regional parties.

Most recently, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, cautioned regional regimes that befriending Israel was no guarantee that the occupying entity would spare them its violence and aggressive policies.

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