Israel's self-proclaimed, but deceitful, image as a terror victim, which used to be a taken-for-granted fact by some in the West was blown when Obama administration officials leaked that the Zionist regime has fervently allied with a cultish US-terror listed group called the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization to assassinate Iranian scientists.
Citing US government sources, NBC reported in February that Israel financed, trained and armed the MEK (also known as the MKO, PMOI and NCR) to carry out the deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists. That Israel had a role in the assassination of the scientists took few by surprise. That it collaborated with a fundamentally anti-Israeli, Marxist-Islamist terror organization to pull off the attacks was perhaps a bit more surprising for the westerners whose minds are filled with the West's pro-Israeli media propaganda. (That the Obama administration would divulge this information and embarrass its close ally Israel publicly was also unexpected.)
The MEK's history of violence is long and bloody. The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MEK members in 1981.
When Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980, Massoud Rajavi, the head of the MEK fled Iran for Iraq, where he enjoyed the protection of Saddam Hussein until 2003.
Exactly when Israel's ties with the MEK were established is unclear. But by the early 1990s a relationship was forming, though its full nature and extent remains unknown.
At the time, Zionist Regime's Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh pushed Yitzhak Rabin to signal Tehran that Israel could also play the terrorist card.
Rabin refrained from entering into a relationship with the organization, but only in the public. The Labor government left the door to the MEK open: it permitted the terrorist group to use two Israeli satellites to beam their TV broadcasts into Iran.
A former US State Department official said recently that while Israel does not publicly acknowledge its ties to the MEK, Israeli officials privately tell the US that the MEK is "useful."
All of this has fueled suspicions in DC that the current multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by the MEK to get off of the State Department's terror list is bankrolled by Israeli sources. Dozens of former US officials have received tens and thousands of dollars in speakers' fees from the MEK or its surrogates to speak out on their behalf. These former officials have likely violated US laws on material support to terrorist organizations, and several of them have had their records subpoenaed by the US Treasury in an ongoing investigation.
Political one-night stands are not unusual in the Middle East. Even tactical collaboration with sworn enemies takes place. But this one is a strategic alliance between the Zionist regime of Israel with a cultish terror group that kills indiscriminatingly. This may have implications for some western states' willingness to collaborate against freedom-fighters who Israel labels as terrorist groups.
The alliance is more noteworthy when one pays attention to the fact that Israel has teamed up with an organization described by the US State Department as "fundamentally undemocratic" and "not a viable alternative to the current government of Iran".
And finally, the anti-Israeli Iranian people now feel even more serious in fighting the Zionist regime as their enemies have now camped in a single place, specially taking into account that the MEK is notorious for being the most disgusting entity to the Iranian people.
The MEK is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MEK from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).