Hostility towards Israel continues to be a fundamental element of Iranian foreign policy - Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 13/10/2016 Type Article
Iran's diplomatic charm offensive, which began in the summer of 2013 with the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iranian president, and the nuclear agreement signed with the Western powers in the summer of 2015, raised the question of whether Iran's foreign policy towards Israel had become more moderate.

Spotlight on Iran* (September 25 – October 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, spoke at a ceremony held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hossein Hamedani, a senior official in the IRGC killed in Syria. He said the Iranians fighting in Syria defended not only Syria but Islam and the Islamic Republic. He added that the main reason for Iran's support of Syria was Syria's support for Iran in the Iran-Iraq War. Chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said Iran had recently attacked targets in Iraq and Syria using long-range UAVs.

Spotlight on Global Jihad* (September 29 – October 9, 2016)

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
The Syrian onslaught against rebel organizations in Aleppo continues, with massive Russian air support. The Syrian Army continues to gain achievements in the various battle zones in the city. At the same time, the humanitarian situation in Aleppo continues to deteriorate: there are many losses among the residents trapped in combat zones, and the civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, is sustaining heavy damage. In light of the events in Aleppo, tension between the US and Russia increased this week.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 22-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/09/2016 Type Article
After the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, the Syrian air force, with Russian support, launched an intensive air attack on rebel-held residential areas in the eastern part of Aleppo. According to Syrian state TV, the Syrian army took control of the al-Farafirah neighborhood in the Old City (near the citadel). The rebel organizations, on the other hand, claimed the Syrian regime had exaggerated its achievements and that they had successfully halted the Syrian army's advance.

Spotlight on Iran* (September 11 – September 25, 2016)

Issued on 25/09/2016 Type Article
Senior Iranian officials accused the United States of responsibility for the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria. Jaberi Ansari, Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, visited Syria last week, where he met with President Assad and the leaders of Palestinian groups in Syria. Iran rejected Saudi Arabian accusations that it had sent arms to the forces fighting in Yemen. Iran also denied reports that the United States had signaled Iran that Washington and Moscow would like to discuss the crisis in Yemen with Tehran.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 15-21 2016)

Issued on 21/09/2016 Type Article
The US-Russia arrangement on cessation of hostilities has collapsed, having floundered for a week. During the seven days the ceasefire lasted (September 12-19 2016), hostilities persisted and the attempts to get humanitarian aid into the besieged areas, especially eastern Aleppo, failed. The “Joint Implementation Center” (JIC), which was mentioned in the Kerry-Lavrov communique, did not get set up due to the collapse of the ceasefire, the failure to deliver the humanitarian aid, the disputes, and the deep mutual Russian-American suspicion.
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For years Syria has supported the Palestinian terrorist organizations and Hezbollah. Syria is home to the headquarters of many such organizations, including the political bureaus of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as other, smaller organizations which operate from Syria. Not only does Syria provide them with political asylum, it gives them military training, and arms and finances them. The organization heads are protected in Syria and the Syrian regime allows them to hold conventions and conferences in government facilities.
Syria also provides political and material support for Hezbollah, which operates in close conjunction with its ally, Iran. The existence of the ties between Syria and Hezbollah was illustrated by the death of Imad Mughniyeh, commander of Hezbollah operations, which occurred in Damascus, the capital of Syria.
In 1979 the United States State Department designated Syria as a terrorist-sponsoring country.