‘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 […]

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 […]