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Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Iran and Russia have increased their military and economic cooperation. Late last year, Moscow reached an agreement with Tehran to open a manufacturing plant on Russian soil. Iran in turn is set to receive a number of Russian Sukhoi 35 fighter jets that are able to break the sound barrier in March. Many speculate that Russia will also sell Iran their S-400 air defense system that can track stealth F-35 fighter jets. With heavy Russian and Iranian influence on Israel’s borders in Syria and Lebanon, Jerusalem sees this as a major threat. What does this changing dynamic mean for Israel and how should it respond?
Join Alex Grinberg, an expert on Iran, Russia, and the Arab world, as he examined Iran’s nuclear threat, the relationship between Iran and Russia, the current status of the war in Ukraine, and what it all means for Israel.
About the Speaker: Alex Grinberg, an expert on Iran, Russia, and the Arab world at the Jerusalem Institute for Security and Strategy, as he examined Iran’s nuclear threat, the relationship between Iran and Russia, the current status of the war in Ukraine, and what it all means for Israel. He holds an M.A. in Arabic Language and Literature. He is fluent in Farsi, Arabic, French, English, Russian, and Hebrew. Alex’s main research interest is Iranian intellectual history and modern Shi’a thought. He teaches Persian at Ariel University. Alex held several positions in the IDF military intelligence research department (AMAN). He is currently employed as a geopolitical and intelligence analyst in private firms. Alex was born in Moscow and is hence fluent in Russian and vested in Russian affairs