2 September 2015
The Kuwait general prosecutor accused 26 individuals, including 25 Kuwaitis and 1 Iranian, of spying for Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah, and preparations for an attack against Kuwait’s sovereignty, security and stability. Now two questions come to mind:
What is the objective sought by Tehran and Hezbollah in Kuwait?
What is the impact of these accusations on future relations between Iran, and Kuwait and other Arab countries following the nuclear agreement?
Official accusations have been raised in the Kuwait public prosecutor ruling against Iran and Hezbollah. These are very serious charges, being the most significant and most dangerous ever raised in Kuwait. In the indictment there are many issues such as enmity measures against the country, possessing and storing weapons, providing training, spying for Iran and Hezbollah, and the list goes on. All these accusations are regarding measures by this group intended to target Kuwait and the Persian Gulf region in general. As we warned from the beginning of the nuclear negotiations, that Iran would further its meddling and presence after the accord, and use its influence with its allies in the region to destabilize neighboring countries, all of this has been proven…
It is crystal clear that Iran is very much involved in this incident and the amount of weapons discovered shows a state being behind these measures. Or else what would a terrorist group be doing with 20 tons of weapons? Which terrorist attack needs this amount of weapons? It is obvious that there was a serious effort to wreak havoc and cause insecurity in Kuwait.
In response to the first question, the objective sought by Tehran and Hezbollah, as stated in the Kuwait public prosecutor’s indictment, was to create insecurity and destabilize Kuwait. Prior to that Bahrain had raised similar accusations against Iran and the Revolutionary Guards.
In 2010 an Iranian spy group was discovered and busted in Kuwait. Back then a police officer, an army officer and six others were arrested. Their court hearings lasted a year, and resulted in Iranian embassy employees in Kuwait accused of being involved in the formation of this group. Three Iranian diplomats were expelled from that country in 2011. In response Iran expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats from their embassy in Tehran, forcing relations into darker periods never seen before… Two years ago the Lebanese Hezbollah was added to the list of terrorist groups in Bahrain… When the nuclear agreement is approved in the US, Iran’s role in the region will be strengthened and it will actually increase its meddling in regional countries.
What are the options before Kuwait and Arab countries in confronting Iran?
There have always been differences in the positions taken by the United States and Gulf countries. The US believes that the nuclear agreement will bring sense to Iran’s policies and positions in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, and Iran will actually join the international community… However, the positions adopted by the Arab countries are completely different, and developments on the ground have proven that in fact they were correct. The discovery of this terrorist group in Kuwait, the visit by the Kuwait Interior Minister to Washington meeting with senior US officials, including the Secretary of Homeland Security and others, shows that Arab countries are seeking to send a message to their American counterparts.
Now, one must ask US President Barack Obama: can you see the result of the appeasement policy with Iran while the nuclear agreement has yet to even be implemented? Or have you still placed your hands before your eyes and closed your ears?!