Strategic Council Online: “The United States is trying to undermine the authority of the central governments in Lebanon and Iraq by open interference in the internal affairs of these countries and creating guided anarchy in the Axis of Resistance,” said a former ambassador and analyst on Middle East affairs, referring to US actions in Iraq and Lebanon as the two states were wrestling with the coronavirus crisis.
Strategic Council Online: In the matter of fossil energy resources in the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Zionist regime, Greece and Cyprus have formed a bloc against that of Turkey, Libya and the Northern Cyprus. This situation has drawn the region to further security and military disputes. Meanwhile, if Syria, Lebanon and Gaza also enter the process of exploring and extracting gas fields, the equations will be much more complex.
Sabah Zangeneh – Energy Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: If Donald Trump is re-elected US President, Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in power, but if the Democratic candidate wins the next US election, the power will certainly shift to the Blue and White Party, and the Zionist regime will have to coordinate its policies with the Democratic Party of America.
Hassan Hanizadeh- Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director General at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the future state of the government of the Zionist regime is still unclear and unpredictable. He said: “With regard to the corruption case of Benjamin Netanyahu, opposition parties are reluctant to ally with him and therefore under these conditions the holding of the fourth round of election is likely.”
Strategic Council Online: In the future, Palestine will witness bloody demonstrations and clashes between the Palestinians and the Zionist regime, and even the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas may dissolve the PA and become a Palestinian militant organization to formally and effectively oppose the Deal of the Century. Then the US and the Zionist regime can no longer negotiate with a Palestinian official. In addition, the rising tide of opposition in the world to the plan, especially by Palestinian groups, has led us to see some kind of retreat from Washington as the US ambassador to the United Nations said at a special Security Council session: The United States peace plan is not a program to be imposed on the parties to the conflict, they have a choice to accept or reject it.”
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Two senior Iranian diplomats who attended a conference in Tehran under the theme “Islamic World and Deal of the Century” emphasized that the essence of the Deal of the Century was the annihilation of Palestine, though it had a brief look at the domestic policy of America and the Zionist regime.
Strategic Council Online: The Americans themselves know that the plan is not coming to fruition, but are keen to press the Palestinians with economic tools, a Middle East affairs analyst said.
Strategic Council Online: Saudi Arabia, led by Mohammed bin Salman, seeks to expand political and economic ties with the Zionist regime by trying to incorporate Israel into emerging power blocs in the Middle East, providing a new model of friendship and hostility in the region, forgetting the aspirations of the Palestinian people, and completely disregarding their natural rights and portraying Iran instead of Israel as the enemy of the Arabs.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East analyst brought up the importance of Syrian army’s success in liberating Ma’arat al-Numan, Khan Tuman and areas of Idlib, saying the most difficult operation is Operation Idlib because it seems that there is a serious disagreement on military operations of Syria and Russia with Turkey in this region and the two sides have different strategies.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on strategic issues said that what was not included in the US calculations was the impact of Commander Suleimani’s martyrdom which simultaneously created a dramatic and unimaginable resurgence in all domestic, regional and trans-regional trends.
Strategic Council Online: The most important reason for Washington’s lifting of Cyprus arms embargo is the serious threat against Israeli and Egyptian interests in the region prompted by an agreement reached between Turkey and Libya over security-military and border issues in recent weeks and demarcating marine boundaries. The US Senate has voted to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus in a move that will displease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ghadir Golkarian – Professor at Near East University in Cyprus
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said the current status of the elections and formation of the government reflects Netanyahu’s defeat. Under the current situation, all his concerns is to remain the prime minister and continue to enjoy political and judicial immunity to keep himself and his wife out of court.
Strategic Council Online: Benjamin Netanyahu now faces obstacles to form a government; his main obstacle in forming a government is lack of seats needed to win the vote of confidence and approval of the parliament.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Given that the Palestinian Authority has been politically isolated after years of ineffective negotiations with the Zionist regime, it is reasonable for all Palestinian political currents to abandon their differences and share a common front in confronting the Zionist regime’s hegemony.
Strategic Council Online: Former Director General for Middle East Affairs at the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs, outlining the Zionist regime’s options to exit the current impasse, said: “Given the situation, the Tel Aviv government has suffered a meltdown and is unlikely to resolve it easily.” Qasem Mohebali said Netanyahu’s fall from power is still uncertain, noting that neither Netanyahu nor his rival Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White center-right party, have won enough seats in parliament to form a government. Even if they form a coalition they cannot win more than half of the Knesset with 120 seats, he noted.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Iraq pointing to Lebanese Hezbollah’s military response to the recent Zionist regime aggressions, noted: “Expectations were that the Resistance would certainly respond to Israel’s audacity and as put by the Supreme Leader the time for their “hit and run” game is over. It is no longer the case for them to take some action and the nations of the region sit idle and just watch them.”