the Trump-Putin Summit Lead to Some Pushback Against Iran in Syria?
Jerusalem Center for Public
July 16, 2018
President Rouhani now threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz and endorses
Ayatollah Khamenei's call for the elimination of Israel, exposing as a lie
the claim that there is a moderate faction in the Iranian regime.
Rouhani's presidency, Iran continued its drive for regional hegemony and
continued to increase the number of areas under its influence in Africa and
South America, while exporting the Islamic Revolution throughout the Middle
- If Iran was
moving in the direction of moderation, as was asserted back in 2015, you
would have seen Iran pull back from all its foreign commitments. What we
have seen is that Iran has doubled down with its Shiite militias.
- Iran is not
leaving Syria. Iran is digging in to Syria and expects international support
for remaining there, seeking to consolidate what it has won in the Syrian
- The Iranians
want to establish a crescent of influence from the Iran-Iraq border across
to the Mediterranean Sea, and have a supply line for the massive military
operation that it is planning.
Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps, has laid out a plan to combine the various militias in Syria into a
150,000-man army to achieve Iranian hegemony in the Middle East.
The writer, former director general of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Israeli ambassador to the UN, is president of the Jerusalem Center.