Iranian authorities once again 'hit' by past friendly relations with Israel : Images published Saturday by Iranian media outlets show a Star of David on the roof of the Iran Airlines building at Tehran airport.
The satellite image was taken from the Google Earth service. According to the Iranian report, the Iran Air building was "built by Israeli engineers," who operated in the countries before the 1979 Islami c Revolution during the days of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
"It's interesting that even 32 years after the victory of the revolution, this Zionist star symbol has yet to be removed from this building," a local news website wrote.
The calls to remove the Star of David, which the Iranian authorities view as a symbol associated with Israel, were accompanied by local media reports on the close relations with Israel in the past, which were completely severed after the revolution.
One of the local news websites even wondered "whether this mistake stems from ignorance or indifference on the part of the artist who designed the square."
According to the reports, since 1960 El Al planes used to regularly take off from the Tehran airport to Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. In addition, Israel sold weapons to the Shaa's army in exchange for oil, and Israeli experts trained their Iranian colleagues in the fields of agriculture and trade.
This is not the first time a symbol associated with Judaism sparks a media row in Iran. In August, a Star of David was spotted on one of the buildings in a main square in Tehran, which were accompanied by claims that "the Zionist regime is conquering the Revolution Square."
The square, which was redesigned as a dome, was covered with hundreds of Stars of David defined by Iranian media as "a symbol of evil standing in the center of strategic heart" of the Islamic Republic's capital.
Israel's role hinted in hijack attempt
Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the man who attempted to hijack an IranAir plane is probably connected to foreign intelligence services.
On Friday, an Iranian man equipped with a "cold weapon" claimed he had planted bombs on the IranAir flight number 517 en route to Damascus from Tehran and tried to hijack the plane.
The man was arrested by flight security onboard and no bomb was found on the airliner after careful search.
This individual's intention from hijacking the plane was to navigate it towards the Zionist Regime [of Israel], IRNA quoted Moslehi as saying on Sunday.
Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' public relations department, Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif, said earlier on Sunday that the hijacking attempt was aimed at overshadowing the Lebanese premier's visit to Tehran.
"Israel intended to use its mercenaries in the recent skyjacking affair to create media hype against Iran," Sharif said.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran for a three-day visit on Saturday.
In his first visit to Tehran as the Lebanese prime minister, Hariri held talks with senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, about bilateral and regional issues.
Iran's first nuclear-powered reactor expected to go on line in January