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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested U.S. President Donald Trump to label Iran's Revolutionary Gaurd Corps as terrorist organization. | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 April 2019

The Israeli PM Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Trump for listening to his request and designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is seeking re-election Tuesday thanked the United States President Donald Trump for listening to his requests and designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.


US Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard Terrorist Organization

“Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump, for having decided to announce Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization,” Netanyahu said in a tweet in Hebrew Monday.

“Thank you for the answer to another important request that serves the interests of our country and the region,” he continued.

In another tweet in English, he did not mention his “important request” but said, “Once again you are keeping the world safe from Iran aggression and terrorism.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter, “#NetanyahuFirsters who have long agitated for [foreign terrorist organization] designation of the [Guard] fully understand its consequences for US forces in the region. In fact, they seek to drag the US into a quagmire on his behalf. @realDonaldTrump should know better than to be conned into another US disaster.”

This is the third time the U.S. President took decisions based on promises to Netanyahu.

Last May, the U.S.  officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, fulfilling a controversial pledge by Donald Trump who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital.

In March, Trump signed a decree at the beginning of a meeting he held with Netanyahu, saying the U.S. recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory that Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israel and annexed it in 1981.

Netanyahu celebrated Trump's decision and said that Israel has never had a better friend. And now, he thanked him again for designating Iran’s elite guard as a terrorist organization.

In retaliation, Iran designated U.S. forces in the Middle East known as Central Command (CENTCOM) as terrorist organizations.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. had made “a vicious move” in designating the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization, and Tehran vowed to take action against U.S. forces in the region.

Trump’s constant decision on foreign policy based on Israeli interests resonates with what Ilhan Omar’s said in February about Israel’s influence on U.S. politics.

She was accused of being anti-Semite by right-wing for criticizing Israel’s meddle in U.S. affairs but it shed a spotlight on the same and brought pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby under much-awaited scrutiny and helped spark a discourse in the mainstream political circle.

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