The head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization is convinced that Israel is to blame for the country’s changing weather. However, the head of Iran’s meteorological service is skeptical, saying cloud theft isn’t possible.
An Iranian general has accused Israel of stealing its clouds in order to manipulate weather and cause drought in the Islamic Republic.
Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation said that the changing climate in Iran is ‘suspect’.
‘Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change,’ said Jalali, who insisted 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 cited a survey showing that above 7200 feet all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.
The head of Iran’s meteorological service Ahad Vazife struck a sceptical note.
He said that General Jalali ‘probably has documents of which I am not aware, but on the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds’.
‘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.’