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Iran. Iran’s New Government: An Assertive Regional Policy and a Firm Stance toward the West (Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, JCPA)

Iran’s New Government: An Assertive Regional Policy and a Firm Stance toward the West

Ministers of the new government pledge allegiance to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s legacy at his mausoleum. (Irna)

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) approved the list of ministers presented by President Ibrahim Raisi (excluding the Minister of Education). Most ministers are considered conservative, some are on the U.S. government’s sanctions list and are accused of international terrorism, such as Ahmed Vahidi, the interior minister, who served as defense minister in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government and is wanted for his role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) building in Argentina and for human rights violations.

Iran’s New Government: An Assertive Regional Policy and a Firm Stance toward the West (jcpa.org)

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Iran/Taliban. Iran and the Taliban: Bitter Enemies or Potential Partners (Amb. Dore Gold, JCPA)

Just as the Taliban emerged as a political force in Afghanistan in 1994, it became clear very quickly that their relations with their western neighbor, Iran, were for the most part based on mutual hostility. They were each radical extremes of the Sunni-Shiite divide with their political systems claiming that the head of their movement served as the leader of all Muslims. The Sunni Taliban came from the Pashtun ethnic group in Afghanistan, which represented some 40 percent of the population. Shiite Iran was by far the larger state in terms of population with close to 83 million in 2019; Afghanistan, by contrast, had a population of only 38 million in 2019.

Iran and the Taliban: Bitter Enemies or Potential Partners (jcpa.org)

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Taliban/Palestine/Middle East. The Taliban’s Palestinian Partners: Implications for the Middle East Peace Process (Dan Diker, Khaled Abu Toameh, JCPA)

The Taliban’s Palestinian Partners: Implications for the Middle East Peace Process

Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met in Doha, Qatar, in August 2021. (Hamas)

The Taliban’s reconquering of Afghanistan, followed by the ISIS-K terror bombing that killed 13 U.S. military personnel and scores of civilians, underscores the far-reaching implications of the U.S. withdrawal. The mujahideen’s takeover, following a 20-year, post-9/11, U.S. counter-terror campaign against al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups in Afghanistan, has reenergized the global jihad’s slow and determined war against the West.

The Taliban’s Palestinian Partners: Implications for the Middle East Peace Process (jcpa.org)

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Israel/Palestine. Why Did the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas Meet with Defense Minister Benny Gantz? (Pinhas Inbari, JCPA)

Why Did the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas Meet with Defense Minister Benny Gantz?

Mahmoud Abbas and his cabinet in Ramallah. Prime Minister Mohammed Shteyah is closest to him on the left and Majed Faraj, head of the Intelligence Service, is on the right. (President.ps)

The August 29, 2021, meeting between Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas provoked heated reactions across the entire Palestinian political spectrum, as seen on the front pages of the daily newspapers of eastern Jerusalem. Among the allegations against Abbas was that instead of favoring reconciliation with Hamas, he preferred ties with Israel. Others blamed him for lowering the bar of nationalist expectations of establishing a state in exchange for economic benefits and Netanyahu’s economic peace formula

Why Did the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas Meet with Defense Minister Benny Gantz? (jcpa.org)

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Israel. To Secretary of State Blinken: Repatriating Israeli Captives Is a Basic Humanitarian Right under International Conventions (Alan Baker, JCPA)

To Secretary of State Blinken: Repatriating Israeli Captives Is a Basic Humanitarian Right under International Conventions

Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu, and Hisham al-Sayed

During the August 27, 2021, meeting in Washington between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Joe Biden, and senior U.S. officials, among the subjects discussed were Israel’s preconditions for the reconstruction of Gaza.

Prime Minister Bennett stressed Israel’s requirement that, prior to any reconstruction of Gaza, there be an immediate commitment by Hamas to an effective termination of rocket fire against Israel, as well as an end to the stockpiling of rockets by Hamas.

The prime minister also stressed the additional and central Israeli requirement for progress on a deal to return two Israeli citizens and the bodies of two IDF soldiers held as hostages in Gaza by Hamas and its associated terror organizations.

To Secretary of State Blinken: Repatriating Israeli Captives Is a Basic Humanitarian Right under International Conventions (jcpa.org)

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Iran. Iran Reinforces the Aerial Defense around its Nuclear Facilities (JCPA)

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall

In parallel with reports of Israel’s preparations for a possible attack on Iran and a visit by the Israeli prime minister to the United States, Iran inaugurated a command and control facility of the Hazrat Masumeh Air Defense Group (HM ADG) around the nuclear site in Fordow in the Qom district.

Iran Reinforces the Aerial Defense around its Nuclear Facilities (jcpa.org)

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Saudi Arabia/Hamas – Saudi Arabia Acts Against Hamas Terrorism (JCPA)

Saudi Arabia Acts Against Hamas Terrorism

Yoni Ben Menachem

Hamas is deeply shocked by a Saudi court’s decision to send dozens of its activists to prison. They were arrested more than two years ago on suspicion of money laundering and smuggling funds to Hamas’ military-terrorist wing in the Gaza Strip, aided by money exchange companies in Turkey.

Saudi Arabia Acts Against Hamas Terrorism (jcpa.org)

 

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Iran – Iran Is Testing All Boundaries (JCPA)

Iran Is Testing All Boundaries

Internal view of the “Iranian UAV impact site” on the Mercer Street ship on July 29-30, 2021, according to a U.S. Central Command report.

The radical Islamic regime in Iran is carefully pushing an escalation with Israel to deter the new government from continuing to carry out attacks on Iranian targets in Syria. At the same time, Iran is pursuing a similar policy with the United States to persuade the U.S. administration to be more flexible in its positions on the nuclear deal.

Iran Is Testing All Boundaries (jcpa.org)

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Israel – Israel’s “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” Law (JCPA)

Amb. Alan Baker

The Israel-Palestinian conflict is typified by periodic outbreaks of violence and terror carried out against Israel’s citizens within Israel by Palestinian terror groups and individuals. Such violence has included suicide attacks by Palestinian residents of the West Bank areas of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” Law (jcpa.org)

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