A study done by retired Israeli Lt. Col. Michael Segall for the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs (JCPA) and released this month sees Islamic Republic gaining influence in the Muslim East despite Turkish competition.
Here is the summary of the study with my comments in italic:
The Iranian political-military leadership has argued that the protest movement in the Arab world draws its inspiration from Iran’s Islamic Revolution. In the Iranian conceptual lexicon, one does not encounter the concept of the “Arab Spring” that is so prevalent in Arab and Western political discourse. Instead, Iran has coined the term “Islamic awakening,” which also reflects Iran’s policy, course of action, and aspirations.
Islamic awakening lead by Iran’s Islamic regime may bring freedom and honor to Muslim world and others from Zionist dominated western world and ultimate destruction of evil Zionism.
Senior Iranian officials contend that the first lines of Iran’s defense pass through Lebanon and Palestine. From Iran’s perspective, compelling Israel to constantly deal with threats on its northern and southern borders renders the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran more remote.
Neither Hizbullah or Hamas is threatening Israel. They’re fighting to regain what was stolen from them by Europe’s unwated Jews. Hizbullah has proved in 2000 and 2006 that Islamic Resistance is the only way to defeat Israel.
The struggle against Israel also constitutes an important recruiting tool in the protracted battle with “Western arrogance that implanted the Zionist entity deep in the heart of the Muslim world, and the world of Islam.” A revival of Iranian activity to export the Islamic Revolution is now gathering fresh impetus in the Arab world, and an anti-Israel dynamic is being fed by an Arab street that has shaken off fear of its rulers.
In contrast to the perceived economic enfeeblement of the Western economies headed by the United States, which constitute the bases of support for the “Zionist regime,” Iran offers a substitute view of a new world order and an alternative, defiant Islamic agenda.
Both Israeli and western analysts have come to the conclusion that sanctions against Iran have failed
Turkey and Iran are currently in competition to lead the changes now shaping the Muslim world. Initially, Iran reacted with restraint, but now appears to be fighting back, accusing Turkey of sponsoring “liberal Islam” and cooperating with the West. In any case, the focus of the two remains the same – hostility toward Israel and seeing who can harm it the most.
The foreign policy of Tehran is based on supporting western-free Islamic States in the Muslim world. Contrary to that Ankara’s foreign policy is based on country’s national interests only. That’s why Turkey while supporting Palestinian struggle against Jewish occupation – still maintains diplomatic relations with Israel, the US and all anti-Muslim regimes. Beyond its national agenda, Turkey sees no problem with Iran. It was confirmed by Turkish Prime Minister Ergodan in his recent interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
Erdogan told Zakaria that Tehran has misunderstood NATO’s anti-missile radar being installed in Turkey. “Turkey agreed because it’s a member of NATO. However, unless attacked, Turkey will never allow any attack against Iran from its territories”.
When asked Turkey’s position on Iran’s nuclear program – Erdogan replied that Israel is the only country in the Muslim East which has nuclear bombs. Iran needs Uraniam fuel to run its civilian nuclear facilities. Tehran says it has no intention of producing a nuclear bomb – And Turkey agrees with that statement.The Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs (JCPA) is an Israeli think tank which advises Israeli government on strategic policies in the Muslim East. Its conferences are attended by ambassadors of the United States, the European Union, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, El Salvador, India, Japan, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The mainstream media outlets affiliated with ICA include CNN, Reuters, AP, The New York Times, The London Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, CNS News, IMIA, Inter Press, CBN, TV TF1, The Guardian, WCBS, Liberation, AFP, La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, The Boston Globe, and more.