The Dust Has Settled: The Aftermath Of Iran’s Retaliatory Strikes On Israel

It’s been nearly one month since Israel bombed Iran’s embassy in Syria and since Iran’s retaliatory strikes against Israel. The dust may have settled but was this all for show? Dr. Mohammad Marandi joins Mnar Adley to discuss the aftermath of these attacks and what it means for Iran and the future of the region.

In the wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, MintCast brings you an exclusive interview with Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor of English Literature and Orientalism at the University of Tehran. Join MintPress as we delve into the unfolding events and gain insights into Iran’s perspective.

As the world’s attention remains fixated on the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the subsequent global student protests, focus has shifted to the broader implications of Israel’s actions, particularly concerning Iran. Recently, Israel’s bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Syria, followed by retaliatory drone attacks from Iran, sparked fears of further escalation. However, despite hawkish rhetoric from certain quarters, both sides seemed inclined to avoid further confrontation.

Against this backdrop, we sit down with Dr. Marandi to explore the mood in Iran amidst these turbulent times. Furthermore, we delve into the motivations behind Iran’s missile strikes on Israel, shedding light on the strategic rationale behind these actions.

Moreover, Dr. Marandi addresses Iran’s support for various groups across the region, including Ansar Allah in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon. We examine the extent of Iran’s involvement and the underlying rationale guiding its foreign policy decisions.

We revisit Dr. Marandi’s recent debate with TV host Piers Morgan, highlighting the nuances of language and the implications of demonizing terminology such as “regime,” offering valuable insights into the power dynamics shaping media discourse on Iran and its adversaries.

In this episode, we also explore the complexities of Iran’s nuclear program and the implications of its enrichment activities in the aftermath of the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA. Dr. Marandi also analyzes Iran’s economic strategies, including its burgeoning partnerships with Russia, China, and other BRICS nations, and the potential impact on its resilience against American sanctions.

Join MintPress as we unpack these pressing issues and gain a deeper understanding of Iran’s perspective on the evolving geopolitical landscape in the Middle East.

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Mnar Adley is an award-winning journalist and editor and is the founder and director of MintPress News. She is also president and director of the non-profit media organization Behind the Headlines. Adley also co-hosts the MintCast podcast and is a producer and host of the video series Behind The Headlines. Contact Mnar at or follow her on Twitter at @mnarmuh.