Analysis & Commentary


28th April 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

The Tehran Two-Step

Mark Dubowitz

Details of the United States' 2016 prisoner swap with Iran continue to surface more than a year later, forming a picture much different from the one the Obama administration presented at the time.

28th April 2017 - War on the Rocks

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a defense exposition this month that his country would “not seek the permission of anyone” to build missiles, affirming “a need for vigilance” against perceived foreign aggression.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

The nuclear deal takes center stage as Iran’s election campaign gets underway

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s short, intense presidential campaign kicks off Friday with the first televised debate between six candidates in a race widely seen as a referendum on whether Iranians feel they have benefited from the nuclear deal that took effect last year.

27th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Germany’s Social Democrats Pivot Toward PLO and Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

German Foreign and Vice Chancellor Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s move to pick a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu come as no surprise to longterm observers of Gabriel and his Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) explicit pivot toward Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu told Gabriel he...

27th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Ideological War on Homosexuality

Tzvi Kahn

Iranian police raided a private party this month, arresting more than 30 people on charges of sodomy, alcohol consumption, and psychedelic drug use. The move reflects the daily perils that homosexuals face in the Islamic Republic, which regards them as enemies of the state who threaten its...

27th April 2017 - The Hill

Trump must challenge Iran’s ongoing human rights abuses

Tzvi Kahn

“The real war” with the West, Iran’s supreme leader declared in a recent speech, “is a cultural war.” It unfolds not on Middle East battlefields, but on the “many television and internet networks which are busy diverting the hearts and minds of our youth away from religion, our...

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Philip Issa, Zeina Karam - Associated Press

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Syria’s military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Richard Lardner - Associated Press

Tillerson says China asked North Korea to stop nuclear tests

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

26th April 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again.

26th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The Boeing and Airbus Iran deals shouldn’t fly

Clifford D. May

Sometimes international law is ambiguous. Sometimes not. When it comes to murdering civilians and using chemical weapons to get the job done, there are no gray areas, no fuzzy lines, no mitigating circumstances. Such practices are clearly and specifically prohibited under what’s called...

25th April 2017 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Dr. Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran Nuclear Deal.

24th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Obama Administration Dropped Charges against Iranian Procurement Agents

Orde Kittrie

A bombshell article published Monday in Politico describes how the Obama administration dropped charges against key members of Iran’s proliferation procurement network, infuriating Justice Department officials and undermining the U.S.’s ability to detect and deter Iranian cheating –...

24th April 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah’s Farcical Media Tour at the Israel-Lebanon Border

Tony Badran

Last Thursday, Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the border with Israel, where the Iranian proxy highlighted the various topographical alterations the IDF has done near the border in preparation for a future war.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts.

24th April 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Fundraising Underscores its Financial Crisis

David Daoud, Yaya J. Fanusie

Hezbollah is ramping up its grassroots fundraising efforts with an intensive online outreach campaign aimed at making its revenue streams more resistant to U.S. pressure. The campaign indicates that Hezbollah – likely on advice from Iran – is seeking more financial autonomy from its...

24th April 2017 - RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump team raises rhetoric against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is stepping up its rhetoric against Iran even as it acknowledges the country is in compliance with a nuclear deal the president has long derided.

23rd April 2017 - Forbes

Tyrants And Their Hollow States

Michael Ledeen

Frankly, I’m surprised Erdogan had to settle for a photo-finish win at the wire. Not a great result for a would-be modern sultan who used all the tools of modern mass manipulation and intimidation during the “electoral campaign.”

23rd April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany is a Hotbed of Iranian Spy Activity that Targets Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

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