Tag Archives: Iran – Israel relations

On this Jerusalem day: a message from the (unofficial) Iranian embassy in Jerusalem

2 Jun

Message from the Facebook page of the (unofficial) Iranian embassy in Jerusalem:

Jerusalem Day is approaching… and as many of us know, is indeed a holiday, happy but also tense.
Over the years, there are those who have celebrate it in a way that creates hatred instead to focus on the positive – To acknowledge and appreciate the multiple cultures and religions and people who deeply care for Jerusalem.
The Iranian Embassy in Jerusalem, We will stand on Jerusalem’s Zion Square with its video set that will allow celebrants to become ambassadors of the city and send greetings to the people of Tehran (or lives there) Amman and Cairo, and invite them to visit the city and be in touch with them about the information before and during their trip to Jerusalem.
We need your help in locating contacts in Tehran (Amman and Cairo). In addition, if there are those of you who can volunteer a few hours and take part in the project (the day before or on the day itself).
For those who want to register and greet – hamabul.art@gmail.com

May we find a way to create together, and build a relationship of trust!


An Israeli conversation about the recent missile tests by #Iran

17 Apr

What message do the latest missile tests by Iran send to Israel, and to the international community? Why is Iran carrying out these missile tests now? What implications will they have for the nuclear agreement and for Israel? Who is gaining the upper hand in Iran: the government or the regime? How should Israel view the recent developments in Iran ?

These are some of the questions answered by the Israeli panelists in Jerusalem, which were:

  • Amir Oren is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. He writes about defense and military affairs, the government and international relations.
  • DR Eldad Pardo teaches at the Rothberg School, Hebrew University, Research Director at The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE).
  • Meir Javedanfar teaches at the IDC Herzliya and is a researcher at the Meir Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Haifa University

A former #Iran analyst at the Mossad speaks

27 Dec

Yossi Alpher served at the Mossad for a number of years.

In 1979, he was an Iran analyst at the Mossad, when former Iran PM Shahpour Bakhtiyar asked the Mossad to assassinate Ayatollah Khomeini.

Yossi recently wrote a very interesting book which describes Israel’s “Periphery” doctrine in the 60s and 70s. In the book he describes how Israel established relations with countries on the periphery of the region such as Iran, Turkey and Ethiopia, in order to send a message to “core” countries (Israel’s Arab neighbors who were threatening Israel). He also describes how some Israelis deluded themselves when it came to the Shah and how the Shah used his relations with Israel to serve Iran’s interests – to his credit.

In a recent interview with BBC Persian (In English), Yossi Alpher describes his experiences and the recommendations of his book.

On Monday, the (unofficial) embassy of #Iran in #Israel will open

20 Dec

Mark your calendars: this Monday 21st of December, 7:30 PM in Jerusalem, the (unofficial) embassy of Iran will be opened by a group of Israeli activists.

One of their major goals is to:

“show different aspects (of Iran) than those the media has been feeding us,” according to the group’s Facebook page…Matan Pinkas, one of the organizers of the project, said the project aims to “leave the conflict at the level of the leaders and not between the peoples.”

The project’s founders even took to Jerusalem’s Zion square, to promote their project, armed with the official flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

I am not part of this project, but it seems to me that the visit by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf to Israel in 2013 provided a major push, energy and incentive to Israelis who want friendship and peace between the people of Iran and Israel.

For more details in English, Persian and Hebrew about the opening of this new initiative and the people behind it (including their contact details), visit their facebook page here. I wish them the best. They deserve much credit.  

Lets hope and pray that real embassies are established in the capitals of both countries soon.  Amen.

Tehran and Tel Aviv set to become “step sister” cities

18 Nov

Tehran and Moscow are to become “sister cities” (ie. twin cities). This is one of the main goals of the current three-day visit to the Russian capital by Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.

Meanwhile, Moscow and Tel Aviv have been “sister cities” since 2000.

= Tehran and Tel Aviv are now “step sister” cities 🙂

I think it is safe to say that majority of Tel Avivians are looking forward to the day when the cities of Tehran and Tel Aviv become real “sister cities”. May it arrive soon.

مصاحبه: جنگ حکومت ایران علیه اسرائیل جنگ تحمیلی است

26 Aug
در مصاحبه اخیرم با آقای بیژن فرهودی خبر نگار روزنامه کیهان لندن در مورد این مسائل گفتگو کردم:
– احتمال بروز جنگ بین نیروهای حامی رژیم سوریه و اسرائیل و چرا
– انگیزه نیروی سپاه قدس برای ایجاد تنش در مرز اسرائیل و سوریه و انطباق این سیاست با سیاست های دولت روحانی در منطقه.
اظهارات اخیر ایهود باراک رئیس اسبق دفاع اسرائیل در مورد سه تصمیم مختلف برای حمله به ایران در سالهای ۲۰۱۰ تا ۲۰۱۲
– جنگ کنونی بین ایران و اسرائیل جنگی تحمیلی است. اسرائیل هیچ وقت این جنگ را نمیخواست. رژیم ایران این جنگ را به اسرائیل در اوائل انقلاب تحمیل کرد.

The Mossad was asked to assassinate Ayatollah Khomeini

23 Aug

The interview below with Yossi Alpher who was the Mossad’s former Iran desk officer reveals how the Mossad turned down a request by former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiyar to assassinate Ayatollah Khomeini.

He also talks about how if the current regime in Iran changes its stance towards Israel, there would be a very long line of Israelis willing to reestablish ties and to do business with the regime in Tehran, and the sense of betrayal which some Israelis feel towards president Obama.

Yossi Alpher has recently published a book on Israel’s relations with non-Arab countries in the region, including Iran in the 70s.

You can watch the interview here: