Spotlight on Iran (Week of August 11-18, 2011)

Issued on 18/08/2011 Type Article
Another battle in conservatives’ power struggle: the fight for the veil

Jerusalem Day, marked on August 26 this year, is an annual Iranian-sponsored event in support of the Palestinian cause.

Issued on 14/08/2011 Type Article
The Iranian regime expects extensive participation in events in Iran, the Arab-Muslim world and the West (including the United States and Britain). The events are traditionally exploited for anti-Israeli anti-West incitement.

Spotlight on Iran (Week of July 28-August 4, 2011)

Issued on 04/08/2011 Type Article
“Revolutionary wave has reached Israel”: Iranian media and Israel’s wave of social protests

Spotlight on Iran (Week of July 21-28, 2011)

Issued on 28/07/2011 Type Article
Strong reactions to assassination of another Iranian scientist

Spotlight on Iran (Week of July 14-21, 2011)

Issued on 22/07/2011 Type Article
Iranian reservations over Russia’s “step-by-step” program for resumption of nuclear talks

Spotlight on Iran (Week of July 7-14, 2011)

Issued on 14/07/2011 Type Article
Debate over Revolutionary Guards’ involvement in politics reignited after Revolutionary Guards chief’s interview to Mehr
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Exporting the Islamic Revolution was one of the Iranian revolution's original, basic objectives. Iran seeks regional hegemony and dominance of the Muslim world, and to that end has developed a network of underground organizations and terrorist groups within Islamic (especially Shi'ite) communities in the Middle East and around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and beyond.
As one of Iran's main tools for exporting the revolution, Iran supports countries and organizations using terrorism to attack Israeli, American and Western interests; Iran seeks to destabilize and subvert pro-Western regimes to promote its own interests.
Israeli-Iranian relations had their ups and downs. During the reign of the Shah of Iran the two countries were allied politically. After the revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iran revoked its recognition of Israel and ended all official relations with it. Khomeini often publicly expressed his extremist anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist positions even while living in exile. Relations between Iran and Israel became even more strained when Ahmadinejad rose to power in 2005. The regime in Iran repeatedly states its intention of destroying Israel and its policies, which include Holocaust denial, are both anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.
To implement its anti-Israeli policies Iran has broadened its ties to the terrorist organizations operating against Israel. Iran encourages the terrorist organizations, especially the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, to attack Israel, and finances and arms both organizations. In recent years large shipments of weapons from Iran have been intercepted as they were en route to the Palestinian terrorist organizations.
To promote its regional and global interests and aspirations, Iran is developing military nuclear capabilities and developing long-range missiles and war heads which can reach Israel, the rest of the Middle East and Europe.