An Iranian general on Monday accused Israel of manipulating weather to prevent rain over the Islamic republic, alleging his country was facing cloud “theft,” before being contradicted by the nation’s weather chief.
“The changing climate in Iran is suspect,” Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization told a press conference, semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
“Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change,” Jalali was quoted as saying, insisting results from an Iranian scientific study “confirm” the claim.
“Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,” he said.
“On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft”, Jalali added, citing a survey showing that above 2,200 metres all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.
Well, the social media have been having a heyday with this “news” and some of the Tweets are absolutely hilarious. In particular the parody “Mossad” account has been on a roll. Here is just a sampling:
That’s much too sensible a question Lahav! The whole point of conspiracy theories is to not make any sense!
Sadly for our jollity, other Iranian officials were not amused and not so quick to blame Israel either:
Iran has suffered a prolonged drought, and this is a global trend that does not apply only to Iran,” Vazife said.
“Raising such questions not only does not solve any of our problems, but will deter us from finding the right solutions,” he added, in apparent reference to Jalali’s claims.
Unfortunately he is right. Israel too is suffering from prolonged drought. Only our own leaders had the foresight to provide us with desalination plants and have ingrained in us the importance of water conservation.
If the Arabs, Iranians and our other assorted enemies would stop blaming Israel for every perceived ill and start solving their own problems, the world would be a better place.