Clarion reported in April that Trump’s sanctions on Iran were working. One way we saw this was the enormous monetary crunch Iran’s Lebanese proxy terror group, Hezbollah, was feeling. Because of the sanctions, Hezbollah was forced to make severe cuts in its payroll and benefits it offers to its jihadi fighters, among other cutbacks.
That was “Phase I.”
What we are now witnessing is what we are calling “Phase II.” In a surprising (and welcome) move, Hezbollah is pulling out of Syria, according to the well-respected Saudi news outlet Al Aarbiya.
Is this at the behest of Iran to appease the U.S.? Or was the move was ordered by Russia, who appears to be putting the squeeze on Iran as well.
In an unprecedented and possibly related development, Jerusalem will host a trilateral meeting in June between the U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and his Russian and Israeli counterparts.
Get more details on these latest developments from Clarion Project’s Arab Affairs Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ran Meir and Clarion Project’s Editor Meira Svirsky in the following podcast.