Hossein Tayeb, the head of the Ammar Strategic Base said that “the existence of Israel prevents the return of the Imam Mahdi“. In order to provoke the return of the Hidden Imam, it is necessary to remove this obstacle (meaning to destroy Israel). Tayeb also denounces that America guarantees today all the Israeli security system. The Ammar Strategic Base is an Iranian think tank created in order to fight the “soft war” against Iran. In 2014, Hossein Tayeb said that Syria is that “Syria is the 35th province [of Iran] and a strategic province for us. If the enemy attacks us and wants to appropriate either Syria or Khuzestan (in southern Iran), the priority is that we keep Syria”.