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Iran’s new president Masoud Pezeshkian (Mehr News Agency)

Iranian President Pezeshkian Will Not Open a New Chapter for Iran-Israel Relations - Analysis

Iran’s new president Masoud Pezeshkian won a runoff presidential election on Friday, July 5, and has become Iran’s ninth president since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Iranian media said that out of 30 million votes, he won more than half – 16 million.

Pezeshkian is 69 years old and a retired heart surgeon. In the West, he is depicted as a reformer, a moderate who brings new “hope” for diplomacy with the Islamic Republic.

There is a proverb here that is worth recalling when hearing stories about another Iranian “reformer.” The motto is “Trust, but verify.” In fact, in this case, it’s not even worth trusting. The Iranian regime is more than just the president and he will not have much power to recast Iran’s role in the region.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is like an albatross around the Iranian state, smothering it and using it for its own needs. What this means is that the Iranian nuclear program will likely continue to advance into a weaponization phase; Iran’s proxies will continue to attack Israel; and Iran will continue to form ties with Russia, China, and other countries that oppose the West.

Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Bagheri and Army Commander Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi both congratulated Pezeshkian on his victory, Iranian state media reported. These key leaders and their messages show that the armed forces want to work with their new leader. (JPost /VFI News)

The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed… - Psalm 2:2