Tomorrow I will play the part of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
It will be as part of the 2012 World Summit on Counter Terrorism which the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) will be holding.
As I teach the contemporary Iranian politics course there, they have asked me to act out Iran’s reactions and strategies in response to the following scenario:
Four rockets were launched from the Sinai Peninsula to the South of Israel: one rocket landed in an uninhabited field – making no damages or casualties, another rocket felt next to an energy facility – making no damages or casualties. However, the two other rockets reached the resort city of Eilat. One of these rockets targeted a Hotel in Eilat and killed 14 people and injured 52 people, while the second rocket reached another hotel and killed 3 people and injured 31.
The other players will be: Al Qaeda, Egypt, France, Hezbollah, Israel, Russia, Syria, Turkey, US and the UN.
I have my strategies and scenarios all set out.
What are they I hear you say?
Well, you will have to wait until tomorrow.
All I know is that it won’t be easy. It was a lot easier to play Iran prior to 2009.