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The Nuclear Negotiations' Aftermath
Iran Increases Arms Shipments to Hezbollah, Hamas

In the wake of a successful final nuclear deal and the end of most sanctions, Iran is expected to have a lot more cash on hand. And it looks like it already has started to spend some of that windfall. The Times of Israel and AP report:

According to a Channel 2 report Monday, Israel has observed an increase in Iran weapons shipments to Hezbollah members — in Lebanon and on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Iran has also sent weaponry to Hamas rulers in Gaza and is even attempting to arm Hamas members in the West Bank, the report said.

“Israel warns: Iran is acting in recent days and weeks to prepare and arm Hezbollah for conflict with Israel, on a large scale,” Channel 2’s diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal tweeted later Monday.

Needless to say, this isn’t exactly a sign of a desire for peace, or that the Mullahs intend to use the nuke deal to reenter the community of nations. Instead, it suggests that Iran, which was already acting aggressive while in dire economic straights, intends to use its windfall to bolster its regional proxies. Such a move would not only give more resources to groups like the Houthis and the Assad regime that are already fighting, but also would raise the stakes of American or Israeli retaliation following any violation of the nuclear deal.

Iran’s regional behavior suggests every day that those who criticized the attempt to resolve the nuclear problem outside the context of Iran’s conventional, regional hegemonic push might have been on to something after all.

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  • Larry Seltzer

    How are they getting arms to Gaza?

    • GS

      With difficulty, Larry, with difficulty.

  • FriendlyGoat

    There is no “successful final nuclear deal” in place at all.

  • Ellen

    This is the completely predictable result of Obama’s and Kerry’s idiotic negotiation with Iran. Iran is now stepping up its imperialistic activities everywhere in the Middle East, and a major war across this region is breaking out. That will be the main foreign policy legacy of Obama, Mr. Noble Peace Prize winner.

  • qet

    Well, I thought the whole point of the Administration’s engagement strategy was to promote Iran as a “regional power” for all sorts of Westphalian balance of power purposes. How can you be a regional power if you don’t foment war and violence in your region? How else will everyone know of your power? Besides, Israel’s getting the devil from a newly resupplied Hamas and Hezbollah will be welcomed by the Administration and by the various commenters on this site who believe that it is Israel’s power that needs to be “balanced.”

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