Analysis & Commentary


5th August 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran discusses the relationship between Iran and Hamas.

5th August 2014 - Sun News Network

Straight Talk with Pat Bolland

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses the rise of European antisemitism surrounding the current situation in Gaza.

5th August 2014 - Quoted by Benny Avni - Newsweek

Turmoil in the Middle East Is Setting Up Some Strange Bedfellows

Ali Alfoneh

The widespread turmoil across the Middle East is making for some very estranged fellows.

4th August 2014 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

Warriors in Gray Suits

Mark Dubowitz

Economic sanctions are now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order.

4th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers.

1st August 2014 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

Ali Alfoneh, Tony Badran

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped.

1st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: What the Gaza War Means for Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the war in Gaza continues, Iran's political, military, and religious calculations ascribe similar but not identical values to the ongoing conflict. The ways in which Iranian leaders codify events on the ground vary depending on their interests at home and abroad.

31st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah ‘Trainer’ Killed During Fighting in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah, which helped establish Shia terror groups in Iraq beginning in 2005, said that Ibrahim al Hajj, a trainer, was killed while "performing his jihadi duties" in Tal Afar.

31st July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Mends Relations with Hamas

Ali Alfoneh

Arm Hamas. That was the main message of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan.

29th July 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, discusses Iran's relationship with Hamas.

29th July 2014 - PJ Media

Courtesy of Tehran and the Whole Gang

Michael Ledeen

As Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, said: “Every rocket flying out of Gaza could bear the imprint ‘Courtesy of Tehran.’”

29th July 2014 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

Congress Grows Restless As Iran Talks Drag

Mark Dubowitz

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday wouldn’t promise the the Iran nuclear negotiations will end by the new deadline.

28th July 2014 - War on the Rocks

1979 Revisited: Judging the Iranian Revolution

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Everyone has his or her own judgment as to what is the enduring lesson of the Iranian Revolution.

25th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Quds Day In Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Iran’s celebration of Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) today affirmed the Islamic Republic’s continued rejection of Israel’s existence.

25th July 2014 - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Iran’s Role in the Gaza War

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront the radical organization Hamas, the United States and the international community must first confront the Palestinian group’s military sponsors, specifically the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Lebanese organization Hezbollah and Syria.

25th July 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Bad Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

We are in an odd situation. President Barack Obama is trying to coerce and cajole Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to compromise on his nuclear quest without using America’s only possible trumps: more sanctions and a serious threat of force.

25th July 2014 - The Montreal Gazette

Remembering Zahra Kazemi and Continuing Rights Abuses in Iran

Sheryl Saperia, Behnam Ben Taleblu

This month marks the 11th anniversary of the tragic death of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.

24th July 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With Iran, Uranium Enrichment Remains Stumbling Block

Mark Dubowitz

The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

24th July 2014 - National Review Online

Bad Move to the U.N.

Claudia Rosett

Having failed to produce a deal after six months of bargaining in Vienna, the Iran nuclear talks now appear headed for a venue even less auspicious for the U.S. and its allies: the United Nations General Assembly, whose next session opens this September in New York.

23rd July 2014 - National Post

Ending Iran’s Support of Hamas Must Be Part of Any Final P5+1 Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Kay

On Monday, the so-called P5+1 — Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany — extended the deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran from July 20 (which was Sunday) to November 24.

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