Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker


Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker photo
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker, currently rabbi and education director of Congregation Hesed shel Emet in Pottstown.Rabbi Zucker’s areas of political expertise include: the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS=VEVAK), the Iranian opposition (MEK/NCRI), Iran, Iraq, and Israel. His Judaic specialties include Bible and Biblical, Hellenistic, and Rabbinic history and archaeology, Sephardic and Ethiopian Jewries, and Jewish Education. He is the author of over ninety published articles on the Middle-East.

Most Recent Articles by Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker:

Flawed U.S. Iran Policy breeds backing for Islamic State

Aug 28, 2016 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Hudson Institute scholar Michael Doran’s February 2, 2015 essay “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy” demonstrates that a very flawed U.S. policy towards Iran actually helped breed Sunni backing for the radical Islamic State. Due to what former Senior Director at the National Security Council Elliott Abrams terms Obama’s “ideology” the administration not only failed to comprehend Iranian culture and the absolutist theological nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran—a blunder already begun in the Carter White House and perpetuated through all subsequent administrations—but also compounded the error by believing that the mullah regime could be enticed to moderate its behavior.


How to Judge the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Jul 15, 2015 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Early on July 14th, as news of the pending deal between the P5+1 and Iran concerning the Iranian nuclear program was about to be announced, I received the following analysis from my decade-long friend and Iranian politics expert, Alireza Jafarzadeh. In the interests of a careful analysis of the treaty by American officials and the American public—whose lives will be affected by this treaty—I present Mr. Jafarzadeh’s analysis.  Beneath the first letter is one from a few hours later as Mr. Jafarzadeh presented his first thoughts on what has been revealed of the treaty.


Suspected VEVAK Agent Poses as Researcher at Harvard & MIT

Apr 6, 2015 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

VEVAK 1 (Farsi: Vezarat-e Ettela’at va Amniat-e Keshvar) is the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (abb.: MOIS) of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Purpose in Addressing the US Congress on Iran

Mar 5, 2015 — Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker

Over the past several weeks the American and Israeli national presses, as well as the American Jewish press, have debated the wisdom of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress concerning the Iranian nuclear program. President Obama indicated quite clearly that he was most displeased by this prospect and applied quite some pressure on Israel in an effort to force PM Netanyahu to cancel the speech—all to no avail. We might want to ask why Obama desired to scuttle such a presentation on the part of the Prime Minister, and what drove Netanyahu to resist all this pressure.