Israel Elections in Three Weeks – Iran Considered a Threat to Middle Eastern Normalization

Israel elections arriving in three weeks. Benjamin Netanyahu is counting on his success in vaccinating the nation which has brought down the number of hospitalizations below one thousand to 700 to bring to him additional mandates for him to continue to be Prime Minister. His opponents are still fighting against the popularity of Netanyahu from both sides the left and right. The only solid supporters of Netanyahu are his Likud friends and the religious parties. The other right parties Yamina led by Naftali Bennet and Gidyon Saar of New Hope party want to be Prime Minister. There is a much greater majority of mandates of right wing parties than left wing parties including the Arabs. For a right-wing party to join with the left side including the Arabs is doubtful.

Iran Denies Involvement in Baghdad Embassy Attack

Iran has denied allegations that it was involved in last week’s US Embassy attack in Bagdad in which 21 rockets were fired. The attack led to one Iraqi casualty. A building in Baghdad’s Green Zone was also damaged during the attack. In the aftermath, US President Donald Trump issued a warning to Tehran cautioning that if one America gets killed, there will be a huge price to pay.

Iran’s ‘Angelina Jolie’ Hopes to Be Released From Prison

Iranian internet celebrity Fatima Khoshund, who has been in prison for a year, said in an interview with the Iranian news agency Rokna that she had been sentenced to 10 years in prison but hoped to be released soon on appeal. On the other hand, Fatima’s lawyer Saeed Dehghan told reporters that he heard the news but the lawyers had not yet reached a decision.

The Possible SWIFT Disconnection and the Russian Economic Impact

The experts predict new sanctions will be laid against Russia within a year. The predictions are based on Joe Biden favoritism to the Ukraine.  Ukraine has been vocal to remove Russia from the Swift payment system. SWIFT is a vast messaging network used by banks and other financial institutions to quickly, accurately, and securely send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions.

Iran: Fakhrizadeh Killed by Intelligent Machine Gun

The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says that the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the country’s main nuclear physicist, was carried out remotely with a machine gun equipped with “an intelligent satellite-controlled system.” Iran had previously claimed that Fakhrizadeh was the victim of a “complex” operation using “completely new” technology. 

Assassination of Fakhrizadeh Fuel for Anti-Semitism

Iran is blaming the State of Israel for assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, their Chief of Staff in production of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.  Israel has in the past been accused of targeting killings. The second suspect for the assassination is the United States under the leadership of President Trump. The week before the assassination Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Saudi to meet Mike Pompeo and the Prince of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of their meeting the danger of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons to the stabilization of the Middle East which has already begun with the Abraham Accords.