Rejecting the Illusion that Qatar is “Rebranding” as a Moderate Actor in the Middle East

In recent months, a number of American and Israeli commentators have echoed statements by the Qatari government claiming that its continued support of radical Islamist groups—Hamas included—signifies a desire to mitigate, rather than encourage, their worst tendencies. This, Hussain Abdul-Hussain contends, is a “dangerous delusion.”

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More about: Hamas, Jihadism, Qatar, Taliban, U.S. Foreign policy

 

China Seems Poised to Offer Iran More Weapons and Cyberwarfare Assistance

Last month, the Chinese minister of defense, together with senior military figures, paid a visit to Tehran, where they met with their Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Iranian president. Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky doubt the talks will result in a grand Sino-Iranian alliance, but they nonetheless expect increased collaboration between the two countries. For many years, they note, Beijing has evaded or violated embargoes to sell arms to the Islamic Republic, and there’s reason to expect more of the same:

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More about: China, Cyberwarfare, Iran, Israel-China relations, Israeli Security