Iran: Raisi is smokescreen, Khamenei still calls the shots - analysis

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Iran: Raisi is smokescreen, Khamenei still calls the shots - analysis
If Raisi does succeed Khamenei, this would be the first major opportunity for change in Iran, for better or for worse.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
JUNE 20, 2021

Despite all of the commentary and statements of world leaders regarding Ebrahim Raisi’s fresh presidential election win in Iran, he is but a smokescreen. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei still calls the shots on all key issues for the Islamic Republic. In spite of Raisi’s hard-line bona fides, experts still expect the US and Iran to return to the JCPOA nuclear deal, maybe even as soon as within the next six weeks, or at most before the end of the calendar year. This will give Jerusalem and Washington some temporary breathing room and push Tehran back from being a mere couple of months away from a nuclear weapon. However, it will also empower the ayatollahs to up their financing and backing of proxies and terrorist groups throughout the region, which present significant dangers to Israel from Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

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