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Ehrenfeld: Iran 'Major Sponsor' of Global Terrorism

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 11:55 AM

Iran is the "major agitator and a major sponsor of terrorism around the world today," American Center for Democracy Director Rachel Ehrenfeld said, noting that Iran has played that role for quite a while.

During an appearance on Newsmax TV’s "America’s Forum," Ehrenfeld explained Tehran’s global involvement in state-sponsored terrorism.

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"In the Middle East last week, they helped the Shiites take over Sanaa and Yemen," she said. "Hezbollah is very much alive and well in Venezuela and operates throughout Latin America. They have training bases there and smuggle people in from Mexico through the border. If you go to Africa, not only do Africans have Ebola, they also work with ISIS and Iran.

"Iran's fingerprints are everywhere and they have a strategic brain for the terrorist activities. While the Arab-Sunni countries are providing money, the Iranians are providing strategy and soldiers."

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The creation of the Islamic State (ISIS) was funded by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and from the west as well as from charitable contributions, she added.

The Palestinian agenda would benefit if sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear proliferation are lifted, she said.

"They're not only providing weapons to Hamas, they're providing weapons to the Palestinian Authority and they continue to provide weapons and training to Islamic jihadists as well," Ehrenfeld said.

All of President Barack Obama’s actions in the Middle East have benefited Iran, Ehrenfeld charged.

"What happened with 'don't negotiate with terrorists?'" she asked. "The moment you start negotiating with them you acknowledge them and you acknowledge their legitimacy. Why have we done it to begin with? Sanctions should be enforced in order to stop their nuclear enrichment, like in 2003.

"Right now, what the U.S is doing is they're giving what Ayatollah Khomeini wanted they wanted to strengthen the economy so the people in Iran will be not so rebellious against them. While at the same time, they can do whatever they want with their enrichment and they are getting it."

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Iran is the "major agitator and a major sponsor of terrorism around the world today," American Center for Democracy Director Rachel Ehrenfeld said, noting that Iran has played that role for quite a while.
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