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Iran regime-Israel Conflict: A Chronicle of Tensions and Accountability

The historical animosities between the Islamic Republic in Iran and Israel have resurfaced, with recent developments highlighting the Islamic Republic’s involvement in terrorist activities and its support for groups like Hamas. Amidst escalating tensions, an Argentine court’s ruling holds the Islamic Republic accountable for crimes against humanity, adding a new dimension to the conflict. This Op-ed delves deeper into the Islamic Republic-Israel conflict, examining the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism, its role in escalating tensions, and the need for accountability and decisive action against the occupying-illegitimate Islamic regime in Iran.

The roots of the Islamic Republic-Israel conflict can be traced back to the Islamic Revolution (Coup) of 1979, which saw the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini-led Islamic Republic. Prior to the Islamic Revolution (Coup) in Iran, Iran and Israel enjoyed a close relationship, with the Imperial Government of Iran and Israel forming strategic alliances. Under the leadership of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran played a crucial role as a peacekeeper in the region, maintaining stability and fostering diplomatic relations with neighboring countries, including Israel. However, the ascent of Khomeini and the establishment of the Islamic Republic marked a drastic shift in Iran’s foreign policy. Khomeini’s virulent anti-Western rhetoric and staunch opposition to Israel transformed Iran into a key adversary of the Jewish state, setting the stage for decades of hostility and conflict.

Four decades of Islamic Republic support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas have fueled violence and instability across the region. Hezbollah, Iran regime’s’s proxy in Lebanon, has waged war against Israel and carried out numerous terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. Hamas terrorists, another recipient of Iranian regime support, have launched thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians, led sexual and gender-based violence on October 7, 2023, on Israel, in which 1,139 people were killed and 240 hostages were kidnapped to the Gaza Strip, and used terrorist tactics to undermine peace efforts. Iran’s backing of these groups not only threatens Israel’s security but also undermines peace and stability in the entire region.

The recent ruling by an Argentine court, holding the Islamic Republic accountable for its involvement in terrorist activities, is a significant step towards justice and accountability. However, it is only one piece of the puzzle. The international community must take decisive action to confront the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism and hold the regime accountable for its actions. Western powers, in particular, must end their appeasement of the Islamic Republic and recognize that engagement only emboldens its malign behavior.

It is time for the international community to stand united against the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing actions. Condemnation is not enough; concrete measures must be taken to disrupt the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism and hold the regime accountable for its crimes. Sanctions should be strengthened, diplomatic isolation intensified, and support for domestic opposition groups bolstered. The Iranian people, who suffer under the yoke of a repressive regime, deserve the support of the international community in their quest for freedom and democracy.

The terrorist regime in Iran has been and remains a global problem, spreading its influence through support for terrorist organizations and illegitimate activities. From the Middle East to Latin America, the Islamic Republic’s tentacles of terror reach far and wide, threatening the security and stability of nations around the world. It is imperative that the international community recognizes the grave threat posed by the Islamic Republic and takes concerted action to address this menace.

Ultimately, the Islamic Republic-Israel conflict cannot be resolved until the Islamic regime in Iran is permanently dismantled and abolished. The regime’s four decades-long reign of terror has left a trail of destruction and death across the region, and its continued existence poses a grave threat to global security. It is incumbent upon the international community to take decisive action to bring an end to the Islamic Republic regime and pave the way for peace and stability in the Middle East.

About the Author
Shabnam Assadollahi is an award-winning Canadian human rights advocate and freelance writer/journalist of Iranian origin. She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and has worked extensively helping newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada and has distinguished herself as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. Shabnam was arrested and imprisoned at age 16 for eighteen months in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Shabnam’s primary and heartfelt interest is to focus on the Iranian community and world events affecting women and minority communities.
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