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From Allies to Enemies; Putting the Israeli- Iranian Conflict in Historical Context

From the book Instrumentalizing the Past

  • Maya Hadar


Although they shared a historical alliance and enjoyed realpolitik cooperation in the past, Iran and Israel are currently far apart, and what separates them is more than a vast swath of desert. In stark contrast to former relations, and while Iran is not directly involved in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fierce anti-Israel rhetoric, the pursuit of nuclear capabilities and involvement in the Syrian civil war make Iran Israel’s most critical contemporary national security challenge. This paper provides a historical and geopolitical exploration of the Israeli-Iranian relationship meant to explain the underlying causes for the shift in attitudes

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