Assessment: Last week an Iranian official said the IRGC’s removal from the blacklist had been under discussion as far back as June …
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid issued a joint statement on Twitter in Hebrew on Friday in response to reports that the Biden administration was considering removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the US list of terrorist organizations, criticizing the potential move as “an insult to the victims and an erasure of documented reality.”
They added: “The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are Hezbollah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Gaza, the Houthis in Yemen, the militias in Iraq.
“The Revolutionary Guards are behind attacks on American civilians and soldiers across the Middle East, including in the past year. They are behind the plots to assassinate senior American government officials.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3
The IRGC is the most powerful faction in Iran. Loyal solely to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Revolutionary Guards controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces, including the infamous Quds Force – the IRGC’s extra-territorial black ops arm. In April 2019, then-US President Donald Trump designated the Revolutionary Guards as a “foreign terrorist organization” as part of efforts to increase international pressure on the Islamic republic
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