Additionally, as the Iran nuclear agreement goes into effect, the Islamic Republic has no interest in drawing attention to another example of its regional aggression.
Indeed, the importance of the Saudi decision to close its embassy should not be overblown.
Al-Nimr was a central figure in Arab Spring-inspired protests by Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite minority until his arrest in 2012.
Mobs attacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and a consulate in Mashhad, a holy city in northern Iran.
Iran’s political leadership claims the rioting was spontaneous, as if in a police state these sorts of demonstrations did not receive state sanction.
There was also unrest in the northeastern provinces of Saudi Arabia, where most of the country’s Shi’ites reside – between 10 percent and 15% of the population in Saudi Arabia is Shi’ite – and where a large portion of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry is located.
It is made even more unavoidable when the religion itself calls for the extermination of disbelievers.
Originally the intrafaith religious conflict between the Shia and Sunni Muslims of Iraq started as a result of a small differing in political beliefs.
And fighting IS is, after all, an Israeli interest.
Finally, says Guzansky, the former head of the Iran desk in the National Security Council, while Saudi Arabia is certainly no friend of Israel, the two countries share their own common enemy – Iran.