This graphic and interactive lecture will cover key historic and contemporary factors that underscore the Israeli-Iranian conflict. Israel sees Iran as its most crucial existential threat. With renewed US policy support, Israel is now undertaking taking more direct countermeasures against Iran, and its proxies malign regional behavior. The lecture will address Israel's strategy supported by the US to deal with Iran's nuclear threat, as well as regional threats in Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza, by Iranian supported Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. Israel's closely coordinates its military-political actions in Syria closely with Russia. Israel's increasing alliance with Sunni Arab states, to include Israeli psychological warfare to exploit rising Iranian internal pressures will be highlighted. Primary US-Israeli policy objectives toward Iran, concerning change of behavior, or regime change will also be addressed.
Al Biegel, has over 50 years of combined military and intelligence service. After serving 26 years with the US Army, including several tours of combat duty in Vietnam, he served an additional 25 years with the National Intelligence Community. After retirement from US Government service, he continues to lecture on relevant political-military issues dealing with the crisis prone Middle East and other major global hot spots to various universities, colleges, academic think tanks, social organizations, and Life Learning Institutes. He lectures on these topics annually, to the Jewish Federation of Howard County, various social clubs and libraries in Columbia, MD, and lifelong learning centers throughout the Boca Raton-Delray Area of Southern Florida. As a member of AIPAC, Al participates in local regional and national conferences, and is a Board member of the Florida Society of Middle East Studies,(FSMES) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Additionally, Colonel Biegel regularly participates in various think-tank seminars held at the Wilson Center, Kennan Institute, Brookings Institute as well as, the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.