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The policy of Iran will be the same even if the regime changes: Sima Shine

Chennai, June 10(BPNS)

Dr Sima Shine, Head of Iran programme at the Institute for National Security Studies( INSS), Tel Aviv has said that even if there is a regime change in Iran after the 18 June Presidential elections, the international policy of that country will not change. She said that the Islamic clergy under Sayed Ali Hosseini Khamenei is controlling Iran and unless there is a change in this count, Iran will continue to be a threat to middle east peace. She said that while the present policy of Iran is to wipe out Israel from the world map, 42 years before Israel and Iran was in excellent terms and cooperation and it was a peaceful coexistence.Seema Shine was speaking at a webinar organized by the Centre For Policy and Development Studies on, “ Iran: Security Implications of Recent Political and Internal Developments” on June 10.

Sima Shine also said that the people of Iran cannot be kept in oppression for long and with the social media and internet giving glimpses of a changing world and the freedom enjoyed by the world, a literate society cannot be kept under confinement for long. She also said that the missiles fired by Hamas towards Israel that took the life of a Kerala nurse- Soumya, on May 10, was supplied to the Hamas militants by Iran. The reputed Iran expert said that if Iran succeeds in making a nuclear weapon,it will be the end of global peace and there could be a mad race for nuclearisation in the middle east with Saudi Arabia also forced to make one.

Dr Raz Zimmt, an Iranian expert with the Institute of National Security Studies, speaking at the webinar said that Israel said that Iran is facing 40% inflation, more than 40% of unemployment and there are several domestic issues. However, he said that even though there is a general resentment among the people of Iran, the eruption of a revolution is a distant possibility. He said that the Iran elections will not be a major game-changer as far as international geopolitics is concerned. He said that Iran has developed several proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen and Lebanon to fight against Israel and added that the resources that country is using for these proxies is enough for making their own country prosperous.

Lt Colonel(Rtd) Yochai Guiski who had worked with the Israel Defense Force(IDF) and Israeli Military Intelligence was the moderator of the programme.

C. Rajeev, Director of Centre For Policy and Development Studies introduced the gathering.