Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was well known for his articulate promotion of Tehran's vision for a global caliphate under the leadership of a prophesied messiah figure called the Mahdi. Three years ago it appeared that Ahmadinejad was gone from power for life. Today, however, he is a strong candidate to recapture the role of President.
Last Friday, just before Shabbat, there was a meeting in Beirut. Sitting down about 150 miles from Jerusalem, a representative for Hamas sipped Turkish coffee and ate figs with Iran's ambassador to Lebanon. What has reunited Hamas with Tehran?
Without fanfare, Israeli officials are quietly concerned about the nation's ability to protect its citizens from an imminent war with Hezbollah, the "Party of Allah" in Lebanon. Very concerned.
For the first time, Iran is publicly acknowledging that one of its top military commanders has been sent to southern Syria just across Israel's northern border. Why is he there? And why has Iran acknowledged his visit?
Last Sunday a wiley drone appeared in Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. It was spying on an IDF military exercise. Why was Israel unable to shoot it down? Apparently, there are four big reasons: Iran, China, Russia, and the USA.