Threats

Iran

Iran’s obsession with destroying Israel began in 1979 after the violent Islamic Revolution empowered radical fundamentalists committed to dominating the Middle East. Iran’s hatred of Israel and America has been the foundation of its foreign policy ever since. The State Department recognizes Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. For decades the world sought to isolate Iran and curb its terrorist activities and nuclear weapons ambitions through economic sanctions. But while President Obama was in office, world leaders decided to lift those sanctions in exchange for promises that Iran would halt its nuclear development. Since the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran Deal was signed and implemented, Iran’s aggression against Israel and America has increased. Enriched and emboldened by a fresh influx of over $100 billion to its government, Iran poses a greater danger to both Israel and America.

Albania expels Iranian diplomats after terror threat; Trump cheers decision

Friday, December 21, 2018

Albania has expelled two Iranian diplomats for threatening the country’s security on the heels of recent terror-related arrests, drawing praise from the Trump administration as U.S. officials press European leaders to get tough on Tehran. In a letter to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Trump said the move would send a message that Iran’s “terrorist activities … Read More

Iran confirms ‘important test’ of ballistic missile

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Iranian officials confirmed Tuesday that Tehran carried out a ballistic missile test earlier this month that was widely upset White House officials. “We will continue our missile tests and this recent action was an important test,” The Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division head Amirali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency, according to … Read More

Iran’s Rouhani calls Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ established by West

Monday, November 26, 2018

TEHRAN — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called Israel a “cancerous tumor” established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East. Iran’s leaders frequently condemn Israel and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relative moderate, rarely employs such rhetoric. Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference on Saturday, Rouhani said “one of the … Read More

Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thanks for that warm introduction and for hosting me here. It’s a real pleasure to participate in the Washington Institute’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series. A number of my predecessors from the CT Bureau have had the privilege of speaking at this lectern, and I’m honored to be here to keep the streak alive. Today, I’m going … Read More

Reimposition of Sanctions on Iran

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Earlier this year, President Trump made the valiant decision to withdrawfrom the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Historically Bad Iran Deal. Since the very first rumors of negotiations surfaced, CUFI consistently and unequivocally opposed the Iran deal, making clear that it would empower the Islamic Republic while imperiling Israel, the … Read More

Iran sends Hezbollah GPS parts to turn rockets into precision missiles — report

Friday, October 19, 2018

Iran has delivered advanced GPS components to Hezbollah which will allow the terrorist group to make previously unguided rockets into precision guided-missiles, thus increasing the threat to Israel, Fox News reported Friday. According to the media outlet, American and western intelligence services believe Iran has been increasing its shipments to Hezbollah, with one flight arriving … Read More

Countering Iran means sanctioning terrorist militias

Thursday, September 27, 2018

At the United Nations this week, President Trump took the leaders of Iran to task for, among other things, plundering the nation’s resources “to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.” Iran has perfected the exportation of mayhem to its neighbor, Syria. As the President pointed out, “Every solution … Read More

In Israel threat, Iran nuke chief warns of ‘harsh’ result if scientists attacked

Iran nuclear chief says atomic program strong in AP interview

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Iran’s nuclear chief told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not. In a veiled threat to Israel, Ali Akbar Salehi also told the AP in an interview in Tehran that the … Read More

AP Interview: Iran nuclear chief says atomic program strong

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Iran’s nuclear chief told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not. The remarks by Ali Akbar Salehi, who also serves as a vice president to Iran’s elected leader Hassan Rouhani, come … Read More

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (2nd-L) meet with top IDF generals and Israeli security officials at the military's Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv on August 9, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/ Defense Ministry)

When weighing Gaza actions, ministers reportedly looked to Iran threat in north

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A leading consideration as top ministers deliberated Thursday how to respond to ongoing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip was the need to focus on the northern border with Syria and the Iranian threat emanating from there, Channel 10 news reported Friday. According to the TV report, ministers at the emergency security cabinet meeting were informed that … Read More