News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 31 – August 6, 2013)

Issued on 06/08/2013 Type Article
Israel's south was quiet this past week. In Judea and Samaria violent events continued, After the renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington, the two sides are expected to meet locally to continue the talks.

Spotlight on Iran - Rowhani’s proposed government line-up: characteristics and implications

Issued on 05/08/2013 Type Article
Earlier this week president-elect Hassan Rowhani submitted to the Majles presidency a list of ministerial candidates for his new government. The nomination of the candidates requires the approval of the Majles.

Spotlight on Iran - As Rowhani is about to assume the presidency of Iran, the spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards talks about that organization’s interaction with the government

Issued on 24/07/2013 Type Article
This week Revolutionary Guards Spokesman Ramazan Sharif gave an extensive, rare interview to the reformist daily Shargh.

The EU Designates Hezbollah's Military Wing as a Terrorist Organization

Issued on 23/07/2013 Type Article
On July 22, 2013, the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU unanimously agreed to add Hezbollah's military wing to its list of terrorist organizations.

Spotlight on Iran - A text message contest organized by the Irancell telecommunication services company causes a storm among Iran’s Sunnis

Issued on 21/07/2013 Type Article
A prize contest held by the Irancell mobile phone carrier has drawn anger from Iran’s Sunni minority and prompted calls for a boycott of the company in recent days.

Spotlight on Iran - From Islamic filmmaker to “propagandist working for the Zionists”: Film director Makhmalbaf’s visit to Israel sparks controversy in Iran

Issued on 16/07/2013 Type Article
In recent days Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s visit to Israel for the Jerusalem International Film Festival is causing a public and media outcry in Iran and in the Iranian exile community.
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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.