Ignoring the Most Promising Option

By Yuval Eylon What is the best response to the Iranian nuclear threat, and what is the connection to regional disarmament of weapons of mass destruction and Israel’s refusal to end the occupation? Yuval Eylon on reasonability and rationality The following essay was originally published in Hebrew in August 2012.[1] It recently was selected given an […]

‘In this room there is no Islam’: The Shah’s ‘special relationship’ with Iran’s Israeli community

By Lior Sternfeld A new documentary tells about the lives the Israeli community living in Iran during the 1960s and 1970s. But will the film be enough to challenge the dominant Israeli narrative regarding the root of animosity between the two countries? It seems that the mechanisms of remembrance and forgetfulness worked perfectly in shaping the collective […]

Farsi Miduni: Pushing back against cultural whitewashing

By Orly Noy (Translated from Hebrew by Ela Hadad) Second-generation Iranians in Israel finally allowing themselves to celebrate their unique identity. Do not disturb. In my childhood, as an immigrant from Iran, I was the ultimate “Persian,” always uttered mockingly. I am not sure I understood why pointing out my ethnic origin was supposed to […]

Pahlavi Iran and Zionism: the Iranian Elite’s Evolving Perceptions of the State of Israel

By Lior Sternfeld It is generally assumed that the Shah’s downfall led to the severing of ties between Israel and Iran, which up until that point resembled a love story. However, both Iran’s intellectual elites and the rest of the nation drastically changed their view of the Jewish State after 1967 The relationship between Israel […]