Analysis & Commentary


8th January 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Israel’s new ‘quantum leap’ strike jets challenge Iran

Patrick Megahan, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Israel recently took delivery of the first of 50 F-35I stealth fighters, considered the most advanced combat jet in the world, from the United States, an event that marks a new and po­tentially critical phase in the Jewish state’s dealings with Iran.

7th January 2017 - PJ Media

Trump’s Great Iranian Opportunity

Michael Ledeen

The great Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is briefly out of prison, where he had been held in miserable conditions for a decade. He is one of those dissidents who are so beloved by the Iranian people that the murderous regime of Ali Khamenei does not dare to put them to death, or even on trial....

7th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Planned Terror Attacks Against Israel Advocates in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran's intelligence agency allegedly planned terrorist attacks against organizations and representatives engaged in pro-Israel work in Germany, according to media reports citing the country’s federal prosecutor released on Friday.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Mark Dubowitz

Iran hawks on and off Capitol Hill laid out their clearest wish list to date for the next four years during a Dec. 7 briefing. Lawmakers and outside experts agreed that President-elect Donald Trump would be unwise to rip up the nuclear deal on day one. Barring that, however, the bipartisan...

6th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Venezuela’s New VP is a Suspected Drug Smuggler with Ties to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The newly appointed vice president of Venezuela is suspected by American intelligence of drug smuggling as well as close ties to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, Business Insider reported Thursday.

5th January 2017 - Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS.org

Five Potential Developments in US-Israel Relations in 2017

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The onset of 2017 comes a mere few weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, ushering in a new era in the US-Israel relationship. The new year and new administration bring intrigue and unanswered questions on a number of major issues that could shape the complexion of...

5th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian Political Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Country’s Human Rights Record

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

Iranian political prisoners are increasingly engaging in hunger strikes as a “last resort” to bring attention to their plight, researchers from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) reported in a policy brief on Wednesday.

4th January 2017 - Forbes

Regaining The U.S. Rightful Role As Premier Revolutionary Nation

Michael Ledeen

The global revolution started with our victory in the Cold War, as the Soviet Union passed away with surprisingly little violence. We opted to avoid triumphalism and in fact called upon some Soviet satellites to remain in the Moscow orbit (remember the “chicken Kiev” speech urging...

3rd January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany indicts alleged Iranian spy accused of targeting Israel group

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has a vast espionage infrastructure in Germany that coordinates with its embassy in Berlin.

3rd January 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Iran’s Maritime Mirage

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran is doing enough damage in the Middle East through unconventional methods without requiring a robust navy. That is why an idea floated by a key Iranian military leader to build naval bases in Yemen and Syria makes absolutely no sense.

1st January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Int’l outcry over imprisoned Iranian rights activist on hunger strike

Benjamin Weinthal

Both Arash Sadeghi and his wife have been jailed by Islamic Republic.

29th December 2016 - Quoted by Amir Basiri - American Thinker

Boeing/Airbus Deals Will Boost Iran’s Support of Terrorism

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mainstream media is rife with news about Iran sealing multibillion-dollar deals with Airbus and Boeing to purchase more than 100 passenger planes.

26th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian dissidents to Trump: Break with Obama’s pro-Iran policy

Benjamin Weinthal

A group of leading Iranian human rights activists and former political prisoners published an open letter on Friday to President-elect Donald Trump asking for a wholesale change from President Obama’s rapprochement with Iran’s clerical regime.

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Iranian dissidents seeking meeting with Trump

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President-elect Donald Trump infuriated the Chinese by breaking with years of protocol in accepting a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Now, members of the Iranian opposition are seeking a similar phone call – even a sit-down – with the incoming president, hoping he keeps to...

23rd December 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Moves Offer Opportunity to Improve JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

Congress extended the Iran Sanctions Act earlier this month, prompting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to order retaliatory steps. Tehran protested to the EU, claiming the extension is a violation of last summer’s nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA – and...

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Iranian dissidents seeking meeting with Trump

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President-elect Donald Trump infuriated the Chinese by breaking with years of protocol in accepting a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Now, members of the Iranian opposition are seeking a similar phone call – even a sit-down – with the incoming president, hoping he keeps to...

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone - The New York Times

Airbus Will Sell 100 Planes to Iran After Similar Boeing Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus completed a deal on Thursday to sell 100 jetliners to Iran, a move described by both sides as a major step toward revitalizing Iran’s aged commercial fleet after years of sanctions and economic isolation.

21st December 2016 - The Washington Times

The sorrow and the pity in Syria

Clifford D. May

Over the last five years, Syria has been descending into a hell on Earth. Over the last four months, the lowest depths of the inferno have been on display in Aleppo, an ancient city, once among the most diverse and dynamic in the Middle East. On Friday, in the final press conference of his...

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

As Boeing-Iran Deal Faces Increasing Pressure, Tehran Lashes Out

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Iranian officials are threatening to take action in the event that a controversial jet deal between Boeing and Iran Air collapses. Their heated rhetoric comes amid congressional opposition to the sale and mounting speculation that the deal will become unworkable under the Trump...

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Mark Dubowitz

Forget China and underwater drones, forget Russian hacks and leaks, because it’s all a sideshow: America’s big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal.

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