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stanleybmanly's avatar

Isn't it peculiar that in the Middle East Israel and Iran aren't natural allies?

Asked by stanleybmanly (22370points) February 8th, 2015

After all they have several things in common, including a highly educated and enlightened population.

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talljasperman's avatar

Mortar attacking and bombing each other every day isn’t very enlightened.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Well, neither country is within mortar range of the other.

talljasperman's avatar

@stanleybmanly Sorry… I made a mistake… all of the news is everyone in 1000 miles of the same area is full of muslims attacking Jews… I just think most of the area is full of lunatics in power. Iran keeps talking about nuking Israel the first chance it gets…I don’t know the specifics of who is attacking who. I have nothing more to add and much to learn.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Prior to the Iranian revolution (1979) Iran and Israel were very close. This was in the days of the Shah, when Iranians saw themselves as Persians first, not Moslems first.

There was military cooperation, cultural cooperation, and economic cooperation and commerce.

However, the Shah was overthrown in the late 1970s, the revolutionary government came into being under Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Iranian government turned Islamic and violently against Israel.

Darth_Algar's avatar

That was mostly Ahmadinejad who liked to talk shit towards Israel. He’s out of office now and never really had any real power to begin with (in Iran the president’s power is mostly with domestic and budgetary matters. He has little power in regards to their military or foreign policy, aside from serving a largely diplomatic role). The current president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is much more rational.

flutherother's avatar

Dr Hassan Rouhani got his doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University

LurgidVogon's avatar

Well, they both start with the letter “I” in English. So yeah, why shouldn’t they get along? ;)

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