Academics have said that the stabbing of novelist Salman Rushdie may have been orchestrated by Mossad. One academic in particular, Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, said that Iran was behind the assassination attempt.
Hashemi said one possibility is that Iran wanted to seek out its vengeance on the United States for its 2020 assassination of IRGC general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport.
He said that an explanation could be that after the assassination of Iran’s top general in January 2020, Iran was looking to retaliate.
A few days after the attack on Rushdie, the Department of Justice announced that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was seeking to also assassinate former top U.S. government officials Mike Pompeo and John Bolton.
Another possibility, he said, was that Mossad was behind the attack.
Hashemi said it was also likely that the attacker, Hadi Matar, was convinced to commit the attack by a Mossad agent who was masquerading as an operative for the Iranian Guard.
“The other possibility, which I actually think is much more likely, is that this young kid Hadi Matar was in communication with someone online who claimed to be an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps member or supporter and lured him into attacking Salman Rushdie and that so-called person online claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran could’ve been a Mossad operative,” he said.
The reason that Mossad would have attacked the famous author is that Israel has a motive for carrying out false flag operations to galvanize opposition into ongoing efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, he said.
Israel has taken a strong stance against the revival of the Obama-era nuclear agreement, which was scrapped by Trump after he took the White House.
“We were in very sensitive negotiations like an agreement was imminent, and then the attack on Salman Rushdie takes place. I think that’s one possible interpretation and scenario that could explain the timing of this at this moment during these sensitive political discussions related to Iran’s nuclear program.”