0449 GMT November 29, 2020
Anti-Islam statements by French President Emmanuel Macron have been in line with Israel’s goals, said an Iranian lawmaker.
“In fact, Macron has become a pawn in the hands of the Israeli lobby,” added Mahmoud Ahmadi-Bighash, a member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily.
He made the remarks in reaction to recent blasphemous cartoons and insulting moves in France against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and Macron’s support for them, which have, together, sparked growing outrage among Muslims across the world.
In early October, French history teacher Samuel Paty provoked outrage by showing his students the blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) earlier published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
He was murdered outside his school in a Paris suburb on October 16 by an 18-year-old assailant, identified as Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who was shot dead by police soon after the killing.
Macron characterized the incident as an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
He claimed Islam as a religion was in a state of “crisis” and defended the offensive cartoons, which have hurt the feelings of Muslims in France and elsewhere.
The remarks triggered anti-France sentiment in the Muslim world, prompting calls for the boycott of French goods and an official apology.
Ahmadi-Bighash added basically, anti-religion and anti-Islam moves are part of Israel’s plan, which is generally implemented by the European and American governments.
He said attacks on Muslims’ sanctities by Europeans and, especially, those who consider themselves elites, have increased after the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, and, particularly, in the past few years.
Commenting on the reasons for some countries’ anti-Islam moves and remarks, the MP noted that the victory of the Islamic Revolution inspired many countries across the world, prompting them to follow suit, which has, in no way, been in the interests of Israel and its supporters.
Thus, they seek to weaken the Islamic aspirations through humiliating Muslims, he said, adding by adopting his recent stances, the French president has pursued the same goal.
On Macron's other intentions, the lawmaker noted, "These statements are also aimed at covering up the proxy war that the US and Israel have waged in proximity to Iran’s northern border between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh."
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in the worst fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh in more than 25 years. Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but it is held by ethnic Armenian separatists backed by Armenia since 1992, when they broke from Azerbaijan in a war that killed some 30,000 people.
Three attempts to establish a lasting cease-fire in the region have failed in the past. The ongoing fighting erupted in late September.
Ahmadi-Bighash added, "Israelis will not let the flame of war in Nagorno-Karabakh die down. It is important for Israel to, by hook or by crook, create chaos in proximity to Iran’s northern border, drag the country into it and, this way, form a new front against the Islamic Republic. They seek to create new bases around Iran and put the Islamic Republic under a Zionist siege.”
He said the other goal pursued by Macron is to divert public opinion in Muslim countries from the surrender accepted by some Muslim governments, the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan, to Israel, which took place during the normalization of relations between these states and the Zionist regime.
Ahmadi-Bighash noted that since they knew that Muslims would soon unleash attacks against the issue placing Israel under pressure, the supporters of the Zionist regime wanted to, by insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), divert the Muslim world’s attention away from the normalization deals and keep under the radar Israel’s bids of expanding its influence in the region.
Describing as extremely valuable Muslim countries’ reactions to Macron’s stance, the lawmaker gave the assurance that Muslim states’ unity on this issue foiled plots by Macron and his masters.
Muslims across the world will not forget the unacceptable behavior by Macron and his likes, he said, adding the uprisings and protests caused history to remember Macron as a dark and hated political figure.
The MP noted that Iranians reacted strongly to Macron's behavior and condemned it, saying, "Our people are always sensitive to these issues.”
He called on the Iranian diplomatic apparatus to be more active and complement Iranian people’s stance toward the issue by taking appropriate international measures.