The core pillars of Iranian foreign policy remain unchanged, anchored in anti-Israeli, anti-American, and anti-Semitic politics. However, writes Gatestone Institute's Majid Rafizadeh, the Islamic Republic is ramping up its threats against the free world by playing a game of fear-mongering and trying to intimidate the U.S.:
"The Zionist regime -- as we have already said -- will cease to exist in the next 25 years if there is a collective and united struggle by the Palestinians and the Muslims against the Zionists."
In addition, Iranian officials are warning President-elect Donald Trump that if he makes any wrong move, it would lead to a World War, wiping Israel from the face of earth and destroying the smaller Gulf states.
Iranian leaders are adopting their classic tactics and strategy of threatening in advance -- and frequently -- probably to obtain concessions, push the next US administration to pursue policies of appeasement, and, more importantly, to drive the US to abandon Israel.