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What to Expect from Iran

Iran Map & nuclear symbol (Photo: wikicommons/fastfission)

As Iran's sanctions have been lifted, and as turmoil continues in the Middle East, there is a direct tie between the two. Gatestone Institute's Jagdish N. Singh looks at exactly what to expect from Iran, an even greater threat from the emboldened Islamic Republic:

Currently, Iran is a major player in aiding the autocratic regime of Basher al-Assad in Syria, the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza and the Islamic State (IS) in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula...

Hostile messages have been pouring forth from Iran. Mohammad Neza Naghdi, Commander of the Basij paramilitary force, stated in clear terms in April 2015, that, "The destruction of Israel is non-negotiable."

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a former IRGC commander and a top military aide to Khamenei, warned in May 2015, that "More than 80,000 missiles are ready to rain down on Tel Aviv and Haifa."

As late as November, Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei himself tweeted, "This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated..."

Iran now poses an even greater threat to the entire civilized world. The pattern of Tehran's behavior shows the government can never be trusted on any promises it makes not to advance its nuclear weapons program. Khamenei has made an open declaration that Tehran will not allow effective inspections of its military sites or interviews with its nuclear scientists...

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