With reports of mysterious explosions in Iran, the chances of the Islamic Republic retaliating are growing by the day.
Is Israel somehow connected to the different incidents? If so, will Iran take action in response? If so, where could this escalation lead?
Dr. Raz Zimmt and Dr. Menahem Merhavy will discuss the latest developments, Israel’s alleged connection and the probability of an escalation on the Iranian front.
Dr. Raz Zimmt is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) specializing in Iran. He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University. His PhD dissertation focused on Iranian policy towards Nasserism and Arab radicalism between 1954 and 1967. He also works as a research fellow at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and at the Doron Halpern Middle East Network Analysis Desk (MENAD) at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. In addition, he is the editor of “Spotlight on Iran” published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. His main research interests are the politics, foreign relations, society & social media of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dr. Menahem Merhavy is a research fellow at The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University. Dr. Merhavy also teaches at the Rothberg International School, Tel Aviv University’s overseas program, and Bar Ilan University. His academic research and teaching include the history of modern Iran, Islamic movements in Iran and the Arab world and nationalism and identity in Middle Eastern societies. He specializes in Islamic and Middle Eastern history. Dr. Merhavy has published a few articles on Iran and modern Islam. His book, National Symbols in Modern Iran: Identity, Ethnicity, and Collective Memory, was published in 2019.