The Other Iranian Weapons Smuggling in the Middle East

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Dore Gold - Israel's seizure of the Iranian weapons ship Klos-C is only one example of how the Iranian regime uses the supply of arms in order to intervene in a variety of local wars in the Middle East. A former chief of staff of Bahrain described Iran as "an octopus" whose tentacles were "rummaging around in Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Gaza and Bahrain." In January 2013, the Yemeni armed forces, with the assistance of the U.S. Navy, stopped an Iranian arms ship, while in December 2013, the Bahraini Navy interdicted another. The present negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear program have not even begun to address this Iranian activism, undermining the internal stability of states across the region, which continues unabated even under the presidency of Hassan Rouhani. Israel's interception of the Klos C has put this dilemma front and center.

2014-03-11 00:00:00

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