The two terrorist founders of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden (L) and his successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, both now brought to justice by the US

Afghanistan and Iran after the assassination of Zawahiri

August 3, 2022 | Oved Lobel

The relationship between Zawahiri’s pre-al-Qaeda Egyptian Islamic Jihad and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Lebanese branch Hezbollah, began as early as 1991, eventually evolving into a deep partnership between al-Qaeda and Tehran.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro meets Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in 2016

Iran riding the tide of Latin America’s “Pink Wave”

August 1, 2022 | Oved Lobel

The current wave of left-wing governments sweeping Latin America bodes extremely ill for the Jewish citizens of these countries as well as for both the US and Israel politically and security-wise. Reducing Venezuela’s isolation automatically translates into more Iranian power on the continent.

Hezbollah's arch terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, assassinated by Israel and US in 2008

Israel successfully neutralising Iran’s global terrorism apparatus

July 20, 2022 | Oved Lobel

While Israel can’t bring back the AMIA or Burgas victims, it has effectively ensured that such transnational attacks against Israelis and Jews remain, for the time being, extremely unlikely, with only one such successful attack in over two decades – all while striking blow after blow against this terrorist network.

Iran’s material support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine must have consequences

July 14, 2022 | Oved Lobel

Both the Europeans and the US must make clear to Iran that any material aid to Russia’s invasion will have severe economic and diplomatic consequences. This is not only necessary to deter or at least punish any substantial Iranian weapons transfers to Russia, but also to head off the potential for the IRGC eventually establishing an operational military presence near US and allied forces in Europe.

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Understanding the security threat from violent extremists

July 8, 2022 | Oved Lobel

Ever since the terrorist massacre of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019, mass-casualty attacks and attempted attacks by self-radicalised white supremacists have increased around the world.

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Stockholm syndrome: Yemen’s disastrous ceasefire

June 29, 2022 | Oved Lobel

A ceasefire brokered in Yemen by the United Nations on April 2, extended for another 2 months on June 2, has been widely hailed as a step towards peace – sadly, it is likely anything but.

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Backgrounder: The Temple Mount “Status Quo”

June 29, 2022 | Tammy Reznik

Did the teenagers’ decision to pray at the Temple Mount/ Al-Aqsa compound constitute a violation of the current rules around the status quo; which for almost half a century have dictated that Jews are allowed to visit the site but not pray there?

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett (R); Alternative PM and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (C) and Defence Minister Benny Gantz  (L) (Photo: Noam Moscowitz / Knesset spokesperson)

Some key points to understand about the dissolution of Israel’s Government

June 22, 2022 | Eliana Chiovetta

On Monday, June 20, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced he will be introducing a bill to dissolve the Knesset, (Israel’s parliament) and call new elections. If the bill is passed, a general election will be held in late October.

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Unhealthy obsessions return to the annual World Health Organisation assembly – yet there are signs of positive change

June 17, 2022 | Judy Maynard

While the World Health Organisation (WHO) has decried what it calls the politicisation of the COVID-19 pandemic, this has not stopped the world’s pre-eminent public health body from continuing its own longstanding practice of politicisation, by singling out one nation – Israel – for annual rebuke.

IAEA head Rafael Grossi (Image: Dean Calma/Flickr)

IAEA Board rebukes Iran, Iran unplugs IAEA cameras

June 10, 2022 | Ran Porat

A resolution regarding Iran passed by the Board of Governors (BOG) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday, June 8, used strong diplomatic language to urge Teheran to finally come clean about its illegal nuclear activities.

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