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What to expect from Iran’s new president?

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As a result of the second round of elections, the “moderate reformer” Massoud Pezeshkian became the president of Iran. Some experts believe that the leaders of the radical regime (the real head of Iran, I remind you, is the “supreme leader” Khamenei and his “political bureau”) introduced Pezeshkian’s candidacy in the pre-election list only to create the appearance of a real confrontation. Their own radical proxies were the favourites.

It is possible that Pezeshkian’s victory, against Khamenei’s wishes, was an expression of the rejection that many Iranians feel towards an extremist regime that is destructive to their country. It is no coincidence that many international media outlets commenting on Pezeshkian’s victory came out with headlines such as “a blow to the Iranian regime” and “a hit on Iran’s supreme leader.”

At the same time, it is quite likely that Khamenei consciously took such a “risk”, believing that the election of the “moderate” (this definition of the Iranian regime’s representatives can be used only in inverted commas) Pezeshkian would help to put the West’s vigilance to rest.

The new president is indeed a representative of the “reformist camp”, which favours a certain weakening of the regime of total dictatorship and oppression of Iranian society (of course, there is no such moderation towards Israel).

Pezeshkian, for example, was a member of parliament during the brutal crackdown on mass protests against the regime in 2008 and strongly criticised the repression.

When, about two years ago, the killing of a woman by militants of a pro-government youth organisation triggered a powerful wave of protests, which were again crushed with incredible brutality, Pezeshkian again demanded explanations for what was happening, earning the image of a “fighter against extremes”.

However, it would be wrong to forget that Pezeshkian is part of the Iranian ruling clique and did not enter the presidency from outside.

Moreover, even if Pezeshkian does decide to initiate real reforms to ease the totalitarian regime in the country, he will face opposition from the Supreme Leader and the heads of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who, at least today, wield far more power than he does.

Thus Pezeshkian had intended to hold his victory press conference with Iranian and foreign journalists at Khomeini’s mausoleum. However, this event was cancelled, after which it was revealed that instead of the press conference, Pezeshkian was told to report to a meeting with Khamenei, where he was apparently reminded of his real place in the power hierarchy.

We would hope that Iran’s new president will fulfil the expectations of the many millions of Iranians cheering his election in the hope of a softening of the brutal dictatorship that Pezeshkian promised during the election.

But a far more real and extremely dangerous development may be that Pezeshkian’s election will further sedate the West’s vigilance against an extremist Iranian regime that continues to pursue nuclear weapons and openly promises to destroy the Jewish state.

Pezeshkian’s election, which sends a message of “openness and reform” to the West, may well turn out to be nothing more than a haze and a calculated, deliberate strategic deception under the auspices of which the extremist regime will break through to obtain a nuclear bomb.

It is hard to say how prepared the heads of Israel’s security services, who saw a Hamas attack right under their noses, are for such a development. As for the current U. S. administration, “it is not difficult to fool them” because they are “happy to be fooled”.

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