Iran

Iranian-Sponsored World Jerusalem Day A display of anti-Israeli anti-United States propaganda and calls for their destruction

World Jerusalem Day is marked on the last Friday of Ramadan a decision made by the Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, in 1979. Its objective is to show the support of Iran and the Muslim world for the Palestinian cause and the "liberation" of Jerusalem. The day is marked in Arab-Muslim countries and in the West as well. The events are platforms to slander Israel, call for its destruction and act defiantly toward the United States. This year Jerusalem Day events were held on April 29 with rallies and demonstrations, after a two-year coronavirus hiatus.
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Spotlight on Iran (April 28, 2022 – May 12, 2022)

On May 8, the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, arrived for a visit to Tehran, during which he met with the supreme leader of Iran and the Iranian president. This is Assad’s second visit to Iran since the outbreak of the popular uprising and civil war in Syria in 2011. During the visit, Assad thanked the Iranian leadership for their support for Syria and praised Iran’s positions on regional issues, including the Palestinian cause.
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Spotlight on Iran (April 11–28, 2022)

Iran condemned the “Zionist aggression in Palestine” in light of the ongoing tensions on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. In mid-April, the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs arrived for an official visit in Tehran and met with senior Iranian officials, chief among them President Raisi, who demanded that Iraq end any Israeli presence on its soil. The departing Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, provided a wide-ranging interview to an Iraqi TV station on the occasion of the end of his tenure. The spokesman of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack on the Shia mosque in Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
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Spotlight on Iran (March 31, 2022 – April 11 2022)

The impact of the war in Ukraine on the deployment of pro-Iranian militias in Syria: the newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that forces of the militias backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) southeast of Homs recently increased the number of forces deployed there, following the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area. On the occasion of the start of the month of Ramadan, the Iranian president spoke with the Iraqi president and discussed developments in Iraq and bilateral cooperation. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs also spoke to his Iraqi counterpart and discussed developments in the region, bilateral relations, the talks concerning Iran’s nuclear program and the war in Ukraine.
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Spotlight on Iran (March 17, 2022 – March 31, 2022)

In late March, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, conducted a visit to Syria and Lebanon and met with senior officials in Damascus and Beirut, including President Assad, the Syrian minister of foreign affairs, the Lebanese president, the prime minister of Lebanon, and the secretary general of Hezbollah. Following the visit of Syrian President Assad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Iranian website Nour News, which is affiliated with the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, argued that this visit in a manifestation of the change in the Emirates’ position with regards to the Assad regime. A pro-opposition Syrian news website reported that pro-Iranian militias completed the first phase in the establishment of a “camp of tunnels” in the desert east of Homs.
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Spotlight on Iran (March 3, 2022 – March 17, 2022)

On March 7, two officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in a strike attributed to Israel near Damascus. In a statement issued by the IRGC, the organization threatened to avenge the death of the two officers. On the night between March 12 and March 13, Iran launched at least ten rockets toward the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. Iranian economic activity in the region: the Syrian ambassador to Iran met with senior officials from the Joint Iranian-Syrian Chamber of Commerce and discuss with them expanding the role of private Iranian firms in the reconstruction process of his country.
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Iran

Exporting the Islamic Revolution was one of the Iranian Revolution’s original, basic objectives. Iran seeks regional hegemony and more than that – dominance of the Muslim world. To that end, Iran has developed a network of underground organizations and terrorist groups within Islamic (especially Shiite) communities in the Middle East and around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and beyond. In the Middle East, Iran is leading an anti-American and anti-Israeli Shiite axis struggling against the Middle Eastern Sunni countries led by Saudi Arabia. The Iranian axis (the “Axis of Resistance”) includes Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Bahrain. In these countries, Iran handles proxy organizations operating to promote Iran’s 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.

To implement its anti-Israeli policies, Iran has broadened its ties to the terrorist organizations operating against Israel. Iran instigates 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. It is also developing long-range missiles and warheads which can reach Israel, the rest of the Middle East, and Europe.