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: A professor of international relations says the new Lebanese government and the changes considered are in line with the demands of the people and protesters and stressed: “In the current situation, returning security and stability to Lebanon is very difficult.”
Strategic Council Online: In case of establishment of the ‘Club of Sanctioned’ the effectiveness of the sanctions tools, including synergies between the economies of the sanctioned countries, by using techniques such as expanding multilateral pacts, creating alternative financial messengers for SWIFT and initiating new financial platforms make these countries immune from US trade sanctions.
– Seyyed Mohammad Reza Mousavi / Political Economy Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University
– Amir Hossein Arabpour / International Political Marketing Researcher, Office of Economic Diplomacy Studies, Imam Sadegh University
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: An international relations professor, referring to efforts to form a government by Hassan Diab in Lebanon, said: “If a government is formed in the first step that will take at least a month, the government will have changes again because the Lebanese conditions are not such to be resolved immediately.
Strategic Council Online: An analyst on African and West Asian affairs, referring to Algeria’s presidential election and the subsequent unrests, said the opposition’s capacity was not big enough to accomplish their goals behind the protest rallies; so it seems that the government would eventually succeed in forcing the opposition to stop their demonstrations first by giving them promises and then by threatening them.
Strategic Council Online: By announcing a plan to launch a “European Naval Mission” for Security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, France wants to test what it has been dreaming of as a “European NATO” for years, an institution that has neither been consolidated in thinking nor it is applicable in practice.
Hamideh Safamanesh – International Relations Researcher
Strategic Council Online: Former Middle East Director-General of the IRI Foreign Ministry believes that after the recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the authorities in Riyadh have concluded that the crisis is getting out of control.
Strategic Council Online: When unrest broke out in Lebanon or Iraq, Americans tried to say Iran was involved.
Hassan Danaeifar – Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq
Strategic Council Online: The realities in Lebanon cannot be changed and the current controversy will not be able to change the situation in the long run in the interest of foreign interventionist forces.
Strategic Council Online: An analyst on regional issues, referring to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the pressure of certain countries to wage a civil war in Lebanon and weaken the Lebanese Hezbollah, said that today more than being normal events based on current developments the recent unrests revolve around the demands of the external elements with an aim to undermine stability and peace in Lebanon.
Strategic Council Online: An international relations lecturer said Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are trying to reap their intended benefits out of the anti-government protests in Lebanon. “They seek to diminish the status and the role of the Resistance in the Lebanese power structure.”
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: Confiscation of $7 billion in Saad Hariri’s property in Saudi Arabia has led the Lebanese prime minister to change his policies towards Riyadh.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
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.”