Iran, Aided by China, Expands Its Influence into Central Asia

March 31 2020

In the past several years, Tehran has transformed Lebanon, Syria, and the Houthi-dominated parts of Yemen into client states, and has come close to doing the same with Iraq. Meanwhile, Tajikistan, which in 2015 began to grow close to Saudi Arabia and has carried out a massive crackdown on the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood has now also showed signs of reverting to the Iranian sphere of influence. James Dorsey writes:

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More about: Central Asia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia

 

Islamic Texts Provide Evidence That Belies Palestinian Propaganda about the Temple Mount

In the past few years, Palestinian leaders have added to their familiar, scurrilous claim that Israel plans to seize or destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock the assertion that there never was a Jewish Temple there, and that the site had no significance to Jews before modern times. Nadav Shragai argues that, to counteract this effort to rewrite history, it is not sufficient to turn to the wealth of archaeological evidence, which might not prove persuasive to a Muslim audience. Instead, he urges Israel and its defenders to build their case on Islamic sources:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jerusalem, Muslim-Jewish relations, Temple Mount