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Son of Iran’s last shah tells Israeli paper ‘no doubt’ regime nearing its end

The exiled son of Iran’s last shah tells the Israel Hayom newspaper he has “no doubt” that the regime there is nearing the end of the line.

“The gradual erosion of faith and trust in Islamist rule since the revolution has accelerated in the last decade,” Reza Pahlavi says.

“In the last three years, the change has been so drastic that only a few in Iran still believe that the young generation will long tolerate this oppressive regime from the dark ages.”

He also attacks the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, saying it gave Tehran the funds to intimidate Arab regimes and engage in “destructive and destabilizing actions.”

Reza Pahlavi, former Crown Prince of Iran, speaks about current events in Iran at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. (EVA HAMBACH/AFP)

He says, “Through its armed proxies, the Islamic Republic has vast regional superiority in low-intensity warfare. But it fears escalation to high-intensity engagement, where it has technological inferiority. That is why it wants a nuclear umbrella, to deter high-intensity escalation.”

Meanwhile, the nuclear deal “guarantees no escalation, the regime gets what it wants and continues to achieve its regional expansionism through low-intensity operations. But the West loses what it needs: peace and stability in the region.”

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