In addition to being responsible for much of the worst domestic repression, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) manages Hizballah and similar terrorist proxies and sends its troops to fight in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. On Monday, the White House officially designated the IRGC as a terrorist group—a move, Eli Lake writes, with real consequences:
What Opponents of Sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Get Wrong
Joe Biden Can’t Overturn His Predecessor’s Middle East Policy—Even If He Wants To
Over the weekend, the incoming national security advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and—according to a White House statement—expressed his commitment to “building on the success” of the Abraham Accords. This and other pronouncements suggest that, when it comes to foreign policy, the Biden administration won’t attempt to reverse everything done in the past four years. Yet the appointment to key positions of Obama-administration alumni responsible for the Iran deal, and the policy of creating “daylight” with Israel, is not reassuring.