Iran Criticizes Saudi Arabia's Involvement in Bahrain; Says Kingdom Should Go after Israel Instead

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Iran Criticizes Saudi Arabia's Involvement in Bahrain; Says Kingdom Should Go after Israel Instead


Byline: Ben Birnbaum, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

About 200 members of Iran's parliament on Wednesday condemned Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Bahrain and urged the Persian Gulf kingdom to use its forces against Israel instead.

The Saudi Army has learnt nothing from the Islamic culture because had it been really powerful, it should have stood up to the crimes of the Zionist regimes against defenseless people of Palestine, they said in a statement, according to Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

Saudi Arabia and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sent more than 1,000 troops into Bahrain on March 14 to help that nation's Sunni royal family quell a month-old uprising by the nation's Shiite majority.

Iran has backed the protesters since they took to the streets Feb. 14, though the regime's rhetoric has escalated in recent days. On Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Saudis did an ugly thing to deploy troops, and the Bahraini government also did an ugly work to kill its own people.

At rallies Wednesday in the Iranian cities of Qom and Masshad, senior clerics accused the GCC troops of committing savage crimes in Bahrain, while protesters chanted Death to Zionist Saudis and called Bahrain's king an enemy to Prophet [Mohammed].

In telephone interviews with The Washington Times, senior pro-government lawmakers in Bahrain blasted Iran's interference.

I would like to ask the Iranians a question, said Adel al-Moawda, second deputy chairman of Bahrain's Representative Council. …

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