The Islamic Republic of Iran seems to be working overtime to increase its influence in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern border and in Syria and Lebanon in the north. It’s not as if much has changed; rather, the rabid hatred of the Jewish state by Islamists appears to be reshaping what has been brewing below the surface for decades. The passage of the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015, supported and promoted by former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration,

provided Iran with a financial windfall that has benefitted the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime in Syria and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Hamas fell out of favor with Iran temporarily when it threw its support behind “rebel groups” opposing Assad’s regime. When Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal moved his base from Damascus to Qatar in 2012, the rift with Iran widened. MORE