Hamas naval vessel posing as fishing boat destroyed outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas naval vessel posing as fishing boat said destroyed off Gaza coast

According to unsourced Channel 12 reporting, Israeli forces fired missile to sink ship in Monday incident; IDF had said it uncovered ‘potential threat’ to navy ships

By Judah Ari Gross and TOI staff

27 Feb 2021, 2:47 pm

A Hamas naval vessel posing as a fishermen’s boat off the Gaza coast this week was the source of a “potential threat” to Israeli ships in the area, according to an unsourced report by Channel 12 on Friday.

The network’s military correspondent reported that many of the details of the incident on Monday were banned from publication by the military censor, but the Hamas boat was destroyed and sunk by a missile fired by Israeli forces, according to the report which could not be verified.

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It was not immediately clear how many people were aboard, but Channel 12 reported that the boat was operated by members of Hamas’s naval commando unit.

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The Palestinian news site Shehab had reported that the boat was destroyed by two missiles off the coast of the Gazan city of Khan Younis.

Illustrative: A fisherman navigates rough seas along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Gaza City, April 11, 2018. (Adel Hana/AP)

On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said it uncovered a “potential threat” to naval ships off the Gaza coast, without elaborating on the nature of the threat.

“Earlier today, our troops spotted suspicious naval activity in the maritime zone along the Gaza Strip which posed a potential threat to Israeli Navy vessels,” the military said.

“IDF troops detected the activity and thwarted it,” the military added.

After initially saying additional information would be released about the incident, the military refrained from commenting further.

“The IDF will continue to take action against dangerous threats on the maritime front,” the military added.

Hamas naval commandos, seen in a still image from a propaganda video released by the terror group during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, in the summer of 2014. (Screen capture)

The Israeli military has repeatedly warned that the Hamas terror group, the de facto ruler of Gaza, as well as other terrorist organizations in the Strip have been developing a number of different maritime-based weapons, including naval mines, explosives-laden kamikaze boats and autonomous submarines.

A senior Israeli military commander said earlier this week that, according to IDF estimates, Hamas has replenished its arsenal since a 2014 war with Israel and now has a vast collection of rockets, guided missiles and drones.

It also has acquired dozens of unmanned aerial vehicles and has an army of some 30,000 men, including 400 naval commandos who have received sophisticated training and equipment to carry out seaborne operations, the commander added. He spoke on condition of anonymity under military guidelines.

The Axis of Resistance Outside the Temple Walls Is Breaking Up: Revelation 11

The Axis of Resistance to Israel Is Breaking Up

Syria has turned against Hamas, and Iran’s efforts to mediate aren’t working.

Anchal Vohra

A cutout of an Israeli soldier is seen behind signs pointing out distances to different cities at an army post in Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on Nov. 28, 2020. JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images

Yarmouk, once described as the capital of the Palestinian diaspora, was among the most ferociously bombed neighborhoods in the Syrian conflict. Home to 160,000 Palestinian Syrians before the civil war, the Damascus refugee camp-turned-suburb now lies in ruins and is nearly empty. The destruction of the camp, seen as a symbol of Palestinian resistance to Israel outside the occupied territories, has deprived Palestinians of their homes—and hope.

Yarmouk’s devastation, however, also tells the tale of Iran’s broken axis of resistance to Israel. It once comprised Hezbollah, Hamas, and Bashar al-Assad’s regime. As Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian movement and militia, ignored Assad’s calls for support and instead backed the rebels in the Syrian conflict, the resistance broke apart. This weakened Tehran’s position in the region, as well as limiting its leverage in possible future talks with the United States.

Since 1979, Shiite-majority Iran has presented itself as a champion of the Palestinian cause with the aim of brandishing its credentials as a nonsectarian Islamic power worthy of leading a Sunni-dominated Muslim world. Its alliance with a Sunni militia, Hamas, continues to be important to its narrative. It started to rebuild its axis in 2017 as a change in Hamas’s leadership opened the door to reconciliation talks. To reunite Hamas and the Syrian regime, Iran deployed Hezbollah, the Lebanese arm of the resistance, which has held a series of meetings to facilitate the restoration of ties between the former allies. Palestinian activists in Syria, however, doubt that an unforgiving Assad will agree to reconcile with Hamas. Some instead point to possible Russian mediation between Syria and Israel as a sign of some sort of recalibration of that supposedly hostile relationship instead.

Most of the people of the Yarmouk camp who both wanted a free Palestine and a repression-free Syria fear that the regime has no intentions to rehabilitate them and has deliberately imposed obstacles in the way of their returning. Um Ridwan was a baby when her family was forced to escape the former Mandatory Palestine in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, seeking refuge in Yarmouk. Yarmouk was her home from then on, but the relentless bombing of her neighborhood by the regime in battles with the rebels, who included a range of groups from anti-regime Palestinians to the Islamic State, changed the face of it. Now, she can barely recognize it. “It’s all rubble,” she said.

In December 2020, she finally received the required permissions from the Syrian regime to visit her home but found nothing except crumbling walls. “Everything in our house was looted: doors, windows, sinks, even electrical wires in the walls and tiles on the floors had been stolen,” she told Foreign Policy from rented accommodation in Damascus where she has been living. “There is no electricity, no clinics, no schools, there is nothing. We were told the regime is fixing Yarmouk, but it hasn’t.”

It has been almost three years since the regime reclaimed Yarmouk, but it has not even cleared the debris inside the buildings, 60 percent of which were destroyed in the bombardment. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the U.N. relief agency for Palestinians, just 604 families have been approved by the regime to return as of last month. Palestinian activists say that these are the families of those who actively supported the regime, not those who opposed it or remained neutral. They accuse the regime of deliberately letting the rebels take over Yarmouk with the intention of isolating them and bombing the camp and then, in the postwar phase, of trying to steal the properties of its original inhabitants.

Foreign Policy spoke to several Palestinian Syrians with homes in Yarmouk who said that the regime wanted only supporters to return, no one else. The regime has demanded residents provide original documents proving ownership, which many may have lost in the chaos of war, and security clearance from the dreaded intelligence services so the regime can screen them for past allegiances. Other families may lose their homes if they fall on streets that have been allocated for redevelopment.

Palestinian Syrians, too, wanted an end to corruption and longed for better lives. They, too, participated in protests, but officially the various groups maintained neutrality in the conflict. However, Yarmouk grabbed attention when the people provided refuge to the internally displaced from elsewhere in the country and offered logistical support and humanitarian services to the rebels of the Free Syrian Army. Palestinian Syrians could not remain outside a conflict that was happening all around them for long.

While some supported the regime, Hamas backed the rebels. The group had been formed in 1987 as the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a pan-Arab organization propagating political Islam, whose Syrian members were now fighting the Assad regime. Back in 2012, Hamas was also inspired by the success of the Muslim Brotherhood in placing their man, Mohamed Morsi, as president of Egypt, and hoped to cash in on the triumph of its parent organization by siding with them on the Syrian battlefield. Hamas’s leaders left Damascus for Qatar, a patron of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its breakaway fighters formed Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis, which trained Syrian rebels to build tunnels and make rockets. They fought alongside the rebels against the regime on the Yarmouk front line and even against their old ally Hezbollah in the Syrian town of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border. Assad accused Hamas of supporting the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate, then called the Nusra Front, while Hezbollah chastised it for using Iranian tunnel technology against the axis.

Soon enough, though, Hamas lost the gamble. Morsi was ousted in a coup in July 2013, and in Syria, too, they were eventually defeated by Assad and his Russian allies. But the Palestinians’ protests and Hamas’s rejection of Assad cost the community dearly. Assad’s intelligence services imprisoned thousands of Palestinians it suspected of sympathizing with the Syrian rebels, or those who in any way, howsoever remotely, advocated political Islam. They were seen as a threat by the regime, especially those from Yarmouk.

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One activist who subsequently moved to the United Kingdom, speaking to Foreign Policy on condition of anonymity, said that fellow Palestinian Syrians were arrested if they happened to be from Yarmouk. “Bashar al-Assad considered Hamas’s refusal to support him as a stab in the back and perceived the whole community as unwanted guests in Syria,” the activist said. “Therefore the revenge was very extreme. They arrested anyone from Yarmouk, but it wasn’t limited to one camp. They chased Palestinians everywhere.”

Ahmad Hosein, the CEO of a U.K.-based monitor called Action Group for Palestinians of Syria, said anyone who did not support the regime was punished. “The regime did punish Hamas and its ‘official’ cadres for Hamas’s position toward the regime,” Hosein said. “But as for punishing the Palestinians as a community, I would say that every Palestinian individual who did not stand by the regime, regardless of their affiliation, was punished in one way or another.”

Iranian forces aided Assad in committing these crimes, but it still wanted to rebuild the axis. Over the last two years, Hezbollah’s head Hassan Nasrallah has met with Hamas’s leaders several times. Some of these leaders have also made conciliatory remarks about Syria’s previous largesse, which gave the refugees almost the same status as its own citizens—even though that decision predated the Baathist regime. A delegation from Hamas visited Damascus in 2019 and met with regime officials, but nothing came of it.

While Iran reeled under U.S. President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign, the United Arab Emirates and three other Arab countries signed normalization deals with Israel. That should give further motive to Iran and Hezbollah to keep making an effort to revive the broken axis. But in an interview Nasrallah gave in late December 2020 he hardly seemed optimistic. “This relationship must be restored, but it will take some time,” he said.

There is perhaps too much bad blood between Assad and Hamas to mend fences for the time being. The Syrian regime was left seething when Hamas, a group that they supported over Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization since the ’80s, shunned it in preference for its own Islamist brothers. Besides, analysts say, Assad’s strong relationship with Russia and growing ties with the UAE, both of which want Syria to come to terms with Israel, has impacted the regime’s thinking. Rami al-Sayed, a former human rights activist from the Yarmouk camp, said that the regime had always been insincere about the Palestinian cause and deployed it to achieve its hegemonic ambitions in the Levant. Now, he said, it seemed more interested in cracking a deal to ensure its survival. “We have seen several deals recently, such as when Russia dug graves in Yarmouk to find to Israeli soldiers. Now we have heard that Israel is buying Russia’s coronavirus vaccine for Syrians,” he said. “This comes in parallel with the normalization wave between Israel and the Arab countries. It’s not impossible we will see a formal normalization between the regime and Israel very soon.”

Anchal Vohra is a Beirut-based columnist for Foreign Policy and a freelance TV correspondent and commentator on the Middle East. Twitter: @anchalvohra

Israeli Forces Arrest Hamas Members outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli Forces Arrest Hamas Members in West Bank ahead of Palestinian Elections

February 23, 2021

Mustafa Al-Shunnar, 60, is detained by Israeli forces in an overnight raid in occupied West Bank. (Photo: via Twitter)

At least 20 Palestinians, including Hamas officials, have been detained by Israeli forces in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank, sources reported on Monday.

Mustafa Al-Shunnar, 60, and Omar Abdul-Rahim al-Hanbali, 50, were two Hamas members identified among those arrested, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

Muntasir Al-Shunnar – the son of the Hamas official who is also a professor at the An-Najah National University in Nablus – confirmed his father’s arrest.

“Israeli forces raided his home, destroyed some belongings and questioned my father before arresting him,” Shunar told The New Arab’s Arabic language site, adding that his father suffers from a number of health issues that require medical attention.

Al-Shunnar had previously been detained by the Israeli military.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has earlier warned of Israeli plans to carry out mass arrests ahead of planned Palestinian elections later this year, according to local reports.

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Last month, senior Hamas members Hatem Naji Amr and Omar Barghouthi (not the detained Palestinian activist of the same name) told Anadolu Agency that they were threatened by the Israeli intelligence of imprisonment if they run in the upcoming elections.

Palestinians are scheduled to vote in the legislative elections on May 22, presidential polls on July 31 and the National Council on August 31.

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Threats from Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas Gaza chief: If Israel messes with our elections, we’ll mess with theirs

Palestinians are scheduled to head to the ballot box on May 22, although observers are skeptical that vote will actually happen

By TOI STAFF

4 February 2021, 11:49 pm

Hamas deputy chief Yahya Sinwar threatened Thursday that Hamas would disrupt the March 23 Knesset elections if Israel attempted to interfere with the Palestinian elections scheduled for May.

“I’m directing a message to the leadership of the occupation. We in the leadership of Hamas will not allow Israel to interfere in the electoral process. If they do, we will confound them and we will ruin their electoral process,” said Sinwar, who is Gaza’s de facto governor for the terror group.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced in mid-January that Palestinians would return to the polls with an electoral decree setting three rounds of elections, with the first — legislative elections — scheduled for May 22.

That statement was greeted with heavy skepticism, as numerous electoral promises have fallen through before due to divisions between Abbas’s Fatah and its rival Hamas.

As in previous election pushes, Palestinian officials in both Fatah and Hamas have said East Jerusalem participation is a must. Israel cracks down on Palestinian Authority activity in Jerusalem, saying PA activity there violates agreements between the two sides.

“The greatest concern over the elections is from Israel, that Israel will prevent elections in Jerusalem or in Area C, or that Israel will put a mass lockdown on the West Bank and prevent Palestinians from voting,” senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Ahmad Majdalani told The Times of Israel in late January.

Sinwar is currently campaigning on two fronts, however. Hamas is holding its own internal elections to fill its senior positions. The elections are held in closely-guarded secrecy, but the first round is rumored to have been finished already.

Sinwar is second only to Hamas politburo head Ismail Haniyeh in the terror group’s hierarchy. Considered a hardliner within the terror group, which avowedly seeks to destroy Israel, he is infamous for his key role in founding Hamas’s military wing and security services.

In 2017, Sinwar became chief of Hamas’ Gaza branch, making him the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip. The position makes him effectively the second most powerful official in the terror group and a key candidate for future leadership. His predecessor as Gaza chief, Haniyeh, became the leader of Hamas in 2017.

IDF drone crashes outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

IDF drone crashes in Gaza, a day after another went down in southern Lebanon

Military says there’s no risk of intelligence being taken from the device, a cheap off-the-shelf model used for basic reconnaissance missions

By Judah Ari Gross 2 Feb 2021, 11:28 am

An Israeli drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, a day after a similar incident in southern Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces said.

“During operational activity by IDF troops a short while ago, an IDF drone fell in the southern Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement.

The IDF said there was no risk of intelligence being taken from the drone, which appears to have been a small, off-the-shelf model used for simple reconnaissance missions.

On Monday, a similar drone crashed in southern Lebanon, with the Hezbollah terror group saying it shot it down.

The IDF confirmed that one of its drones fell in Lebanese territory, but refrained from specifying the cause of the crash. “During operational activities by IDF troops on the Lebanese border, an IDF drone fell in Lebanese territory,” the IDF said in a statement Monday.

Israel strikes Hamas military targets outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israel strikes Hamas military targets in Gaza strip in response to rocket launches

TEL AVIV, January 18. /TASS/. Israeli war planes struck military positions of the radical Palestinian Hamas movement in the Gaza strip on Monday in response to a launch of two rockets to its territory earlier on the same day, the press service of Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) said.

“Earlier tonight, 2 rockets were fired from the north of the Gaza Strip towards the coast near the city of Ashdod. In response, IDF fighter jets struck military targets belonging to Hamas in Gaza,” the statement said.

“Hamas will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” the IDF added.

PA sanctions outside the Temple Walls disastrous: Revelation 11

PA sanctions on Gaza ‘disastrous’

February 1, 2021 at 9:26 am

A member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (PFLP) said on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority sanctions on the Gaza Strip “are disastrous”, Shehab news agency has reported. Speaking exclusively to Shehab, Mariam Abu Dagga insisted that the sanctions “must be lifted” as soon as possible.

She added that the salaries of the public servants in Gaza must be paid and all of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s decisions on nominations for judges “must be” cancelled.

The PFLP official said that the Election Court has to be formed very soon in order to ensure that there are no obstacles ahead of the elections. She also stressed the view that the PLO represents 13 million Palestinians inside Palestine and in the diaspora, so its president should not be the same person as the president of the PA.

The PFLP, Abu Dagga pointed out, would have liked to have seen a comprehensive national dialogue and the rearrangement of the Palestinian institutions before issuing the election decree. Criticising the PA’s disrespect for the recommendations made at the secretaries-general conference three months ago, she emphasised the importance of having a national leadership that respects Palestinian ambitions and rights.

“We need a transparent democratic process based on the outcomes of national understanding,” concluded Abu Dagga. “This needs a discussion of all the outstanding issues and agreement on a national code of conduct that guarantees that the results of the elections will be respected, whatever they are.”

IDF drone crashes outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

IDF drone crashes in Gaza Strip – report

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   JANUARY 31, 2021 20:59

An IDF drone crashed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday during a military operation, as reported by Walla news, citing a military source.

The report comes after several drones have crashed in the Strip, which is alleged to be due to technology being used by Hamas. 

Hamas leaders warn of Israeli intimidation outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas leaders in West Bank warn of Israeli intimidation ahead of elections

Israeli intelligence warned a prominent Hamas leader in the West Bank against running in the Palestinian elections.

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Barghouti has spent about 28 years in Israeli prisons altogether because of his affiliation with Hamas. He is one of the most prominent figures of the movement in the West Bank, and he is widely popular among Palestinians. His son Saleh was shot dead by Israeli forces on Dec. 12, 2018, and his other son Assim was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment four times over for carrying out a shooting attack in eastern Ramallah on Dec. 13, 2018.

Barghouti said that Israel is warning Hamas figures not to compete in the voting “to bring the movement down and ensure that it will not succeed in the upcoming elections” as well as entrench the political and geographical division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas movement won the last parliamentary elections held in 2006. It secured 76 parliamentary seats out of 132 of the Palestinian Legislative Council, while Fatah won 43.

In the aftermath Israel began arresting Hamas leaders, ministers and representatives in the West Bank, targeting 62 people including six ministers and 20 PLC members.

Currently 10 members of the PLC are detained in Israeli prisons, including prominent Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, who won 37,000 votes, the highest of any electoral candidate in the city of Ramallah, the seat of major Palestinian Authority institutions.

Asked whether he intended to run in spite of the threat, he said, “It is still premature to talk about whether or not I will run, but should I decide to do so, Israel won’t stop me.”

A prominent Hamas leader from the West Bank told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Hamas is seeking guarantees from several countries, particularly Qatar and Egypt, to ensure that Israel will not pursue its representatives and candidates in the upcoming elections.

The source pointed out that the Hamas leadership “will soon send letters to the European Union, in its capacity as the supervising and monitoring authority of the upcoming elections, to obtain such guarantees,” adding, “With or without these guarantees, we will strongly participate in these elections because the Palestinians have the right to choose their representatives and candidates and show them to the world.”

Hassan Khreisheh, second deputy speaker of the PLC, told Al-Monitor, “Barghouti’s threat conveys a message to all Hamas leaders that they will be pursued and thrown in prison if they think about running in the elections.”

Khreisheh stressed that the Palestinian elections need Arab and international guarantees that Israel won’t sabotage them by arresting candidates. He expects Israel to arrest more Hamas leaders and candidates in the West Bank in the coming days and weeks to limit their participation in the elections.

Adel Samara, a political analyst and writer for Kanaan Magazine published in Ramallah, said it’s unlikely that international pressure could ensure that Israel would not interfere in the Palestinian electoral process.

Samara told Al-Monitor, “For Israel, any Hamas victory in such elections poses a threat to its national security. Israel clearly does not haggle over its national security and would not abide by any [international] guarantees not to prosecute Hamas candidates.”

He said that Israel can affect the size and popularity of Hamas in the upcoming elections by detaining the movement’s top figures and preventing them from taking part. He also said that such measures could backfire and increase the movement’s popularity on the Palestinian street, leading Palestinians to vote for it in defiance of Israeli persecution.

Talal Okal, political analyst and writer at the Palestinian al-Ayyam newspaper, told Al-Monitor that Israel is not the only state worried about another Hamas win. “The international community encourages Palestinian elections to be held, but is also be concerned over the possibility of Hamas winning or participating in any new government.”

Okal said that the international community wants such elections to produce a new Palestinian leadership that recognizes and accepts Israel in order to move forward with the peace process and put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Sins of the Heads of Prophecy

Lies, Lies and Damned Lies’

I hope Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif will read this article because it has a lesson for them.

In 1990 when Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait, the Iraqi leadership informed some leaders that it would pay them huge money from the Kuwaiti future generation funds, which at that time was worth $100 billion. Jordan was told it would be given $30 billion to wipe out its debt. The same applied to Yemen. However, when it came to the then President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, he laughed at the idea and at those who attempted to sell it to him. The stances taken by Jordan and Yemen were based on this Iraqi deception.

During one of my visits to Sanaa following the liberation of Kuwait, and given my good relations with the then Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, I asked him about the truth behind the story about one of his ministers who had found a solution to his country’s stifling economic problem as the popular protests continued daily.

During one of the Yemeni Cabinet’s sessions, this minister said, “The best solution to our crisis is to attack the United States of America. And because it is stronger than us, it will defeat us. It will then come up with the “Marshall Plan” for us as it did for Europe after World War II in order to rebuild Yemen”.

The late President Saleh, who was chairing the meeting, said to the minister sarcastically, “Suppose we defeat America, where will we get the money to revive its economy?”  It seems the Mullahs’ regime is operating according to the aforementioned rumor released by the Iraqis or the idea presented by the Yemeni minister.

Iran is challenging the United States, and its leaders are declaring daily that they will defeat it and destroy Israel. And while Israel is constantly bombing the Revolutionary Guard forces in Syria, Tehran maintains silence. However, Washington responds to Iran with a more painful weapon, which is sanctions and international isolation.

The US is well aware that the Mullahs’ regime has nothing but terrorist gangs in some Arab countries, and that all Iranian weapons that are demonstrated in military parades are empty structures. Therefore, Washington will not get involved in a war with Tehran, and it will maintain the policy of suffocation until it achieves its goals of freeing the world from the evil of these terrorist gangs.

If Iran’s leaders are betting on the world to open its treasures for them because of their obstinacy and their persistence in violating international decisions, and proceeding with the nuclear project and ballistic missiles, then their bets are no different from the Iraqi lie in 1990 and the empty temptations of some countries.

This is happening at a time when the economic power of the Arabian Gulf states is increasing along with the prosperity of its people. This is despite Iran’s continuous provocations and harm to these states. At the same time, 80 million Iranians continue to suffer from starvation, unemployment and international isolation.

Throughout the 40 years of the Mullahs’ rule, its leaders have been looking for a needle in the haystack of illusions. This bragging regime greatly cheered the new American administration, believing it will be different from the Trump administration. However, their cheers did not last for long, as Joe Biden’s administration started with taking solid positions against Iran, and affirmed that its threats to the allied countries of the region will be confronted with force. Indeed, this administration will coordinate with it for any new negotiations on the nuclear agreement.

Perhaps the American slap that the Mullahs’ regime received is sufficient to awaken it from its delusions, and for it to realize that no one in this world is willing to accept the blackmail and terror that it practiced.

With each passing day, its repudiation is increasing, because there is no sane person in this world willing to deal with a system mired in darkness of medieval mentality.

Ahmed Al-Jarallah is Chief Editor of The Arab Times