Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
And everybody hates the Jews. — Tom Lehrer
“Iran speaker says Israel opposes Tehran-Cairo ties,” from WashingtonTV, December 23 (thanks to James):
Washington, 23 December (WashingtonTV)–Iran’s parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, on Wednesday played down any differences between the Islamic Republic and Egypt and reiterated Tehran’s opposition to arch-enemy Israel.
Speaking in Tehran at the end of a three-day visit to Egypt, Larijani accused Israel of opposing cooperation between Tehran and Cairo.
“Although there are differences of opinions in some areas among Islamic countries, the point is that the main enemy is the Zionist regime,” he said, according to the official ISNA news agency.
Relations between Iran and Egypt have soured over disputes on a number of regional and international issues, including Israel’s three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip last January.
Cairo has accused Tehran of trying to dominate the region through its alliances with the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab states to have a peace treaty with Israel.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategy is to use all the forces of the world of Islam and to generate general participation in combating the Zionist regime,” Larijani told reporters in Tehran….