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Iran Says Coronavirus is Israel Fault

While the Palestinians are accusing Israel of sending in wild boars to destroy their crops in Judea & Samaria, the latest conspiracy theory in Iran is that Israel - likely in cahoots with the USA - is behind the coronavirus that has spread rapidly in the Islamic Republic. Iran’s regime requires a foreign enemy to distract its citizens from its failure to confront the virus last month. As of Wed. 11 March 2020 Iran's ministry of health reported more than 9,000 coronavirus cases and over 350 deaths. But observers believe the true number may be far higher. Over the last several days, Iran has pushed several reports claiming that “Zionists” were behind the coronavirus. On Thur. 5 March 2020 Press TV claimed that “Zionist elements developed a deadlier strain of coronavirus against Iran.” The agenda of Tehran has been three-fold since the coronavirus outbreak began to affect Iran in mid-February 2020. Iran initially denied that there was a virus outbreak. In late Feb. 2020 it turned out that some of Iran’s leading politicians and key insiders were infected because the virus had spread from the holy city of Qom to Tehran.

To make up for the initial cover-up, the regime shifted its narrative to blaming Israel and the USA for the virus outbreak. An article on the homepage of Iran's Press TV on Sunday 8 March 2020 claimed that the USA is waging “biological warfare” and also cited an article that argues Israel is behind the virus. According to this report, a “former CIA officer” has argued that “the USA and Israel are working together.” Iran sent Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, to Iraq last weekend. Despite the travel ban on Iranians going to Iraq and the high rate of coronavirus among leading regime members like Shamkhani, he shook hands with Iraqi politicians and was not quarantined in Iraq. He claimed in a press conference in Iraq that “Zionists are against regional security.” Iran’s regime only knows this talking point: Blame it on the USA and Israel. From regional security to the coronavirus, it has pushed the same narrative. For COVID-19, it has relied on foreign anti-Semitic conspiracies to add weight to misinformation about the origins of the virus. (VFI News)