The Persian Gulf War’s Legacy for Israeli Strategy in Syria

Jan. 28 2019

In addition to its military buildup in Syria, and its longstanding presence in Lebanon, Iran has begun sending medium-range missiles to its Shiite proxy militias in Iraq—which could be used to retaliate against future Israeli strikes on Iranian infrastructure in Syria. Alex Fishman explains the dilemma this move creates for the Jewish state:

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More about: Iran, Iraq, Israel & Zionism, Israeli Security, Persian Gulf War, Syrian civil war

Iran’s Elections Could Complicate U.S. Plans to Renew the Nuclear Deal

June 11 2021

This week, after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced its suspicions that the Islamic Republic is hiding nuclear materials from its inspectors, the White House decided to lift some sanctions on Iranian oil, and still plans to forge ahead with nuclear negotiations. Meanwhile, Iran will hold its presidential elections next week. The exercise is not particularly democratic—the supreme leader approves the candidates in advance, and his minions have from time to time fixed the results—but neither is it entirely meaningless. While there are important differences among the candidates, not one can be dubbed a moderate, even by the standards of this brutal Islamist theocracy. Reuel Marc Gerecht explains why this matters:

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More about: Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden