Iran and Israel could have a good relationship – opinion

Iran and Israel can boast a unique and exceptional socio-historical and cultural relationship dating back more than 2,500 years and many Iranians and Israelis believe that this rich common background is capable of changing the face of the Middle East in the first decades of the 21st century. , and also to change the political atmosphere in the future to the benefit of both nations.

The burning desire for peace among many in the Middle East is threatened by terrorist groups doing everything possible to undermine peace. Iran, as a key country, can play an important role, but under what leadership? Sooner or later, the Shiite clergy and their evil ideas will be swept away by a younger generation of Iranians. The foundations for the strong intercultural bridge between Iran and Israel must be established as soon as possible because change in Iran is very close.

The strong and rich relationship between Iran and Israel dates back to ancient times, to the era of King Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return home to build the Temple. There are several warm references in the Bible regarding Cyrus and the Iranians (in Isaiah, Daniel, and Chronicles). Many distinguished Iranian scholars claim that only Iranian Jewish communities cared for and appreciated the pre-Islamic Iranian culture and language.

After the Arab-Islamic invasion (638 AD) the situation changed, but there were several prominent examples such as the commanders of the Jewish army Rashid-al-Din Fazl-Allah and Saad al Dowleh and Shams al Dowleh (1231-1336) and many others. . Before the Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979), the relationship between the Iranian and Jewish communities was not that good, but during this period a real transformation took place.

Formal and official diplomatic relations between the two countries began in 1950 and marked the beginning of a fruitful period of cooperation and development. In January 1979, the new rulers expelled the Angel of Liberty, while 40 million young Iranians wanted to bring her back to the country.

Flags of Israel and Iran (credit: ING IMAGE / ASAP)

The more the regime intensifies its anti-Western and anti-Israeli propaganda, the more pro-Western and pro-Israeli the Iranian people become. They are deeply convinced that everything they hear from the representatives of the regime they interpret as the opposite.

Consequently, pro-Western ideas and respect and admiration for Israel grow daily in the hearts of the people. Their daily actions, communications with external media, material written by journalists or student slogans, speak for themselves.

Many Iranians are opening their eyes and minds and criticizing the regime. They are proud to be friends with the only democracy in the Middle East and want to clearly and openly declare their deep relationship with the twin sister in the area, a relationship based on the history of the two nations.

What Iran can offer Israel

Iran, as one of the largest countries in the Middle East, with a population of 75 million, has the potential to be one of Israel’s best friends in the world. Such a bilateral friendship could greatly benefit both sides and, together with the warm relations with Turkey and the Central Asian countries, it would undoubtedly transform the current unpleasant political situation in the region.

In the future, Iran may respond to many of Israel’s wants and needs, such as oil and many other mineral resources. Iran’s prominent position in OPEC and other international bodies will, of course, make it a staunch supporter of Israeli foreign policy.

The future Iranian generation’s appetite for peace is stronger than that for war. In a calm atmosphere without any regional tension, Iran will certainly open its doors to Israeli expertise in the oil field and other technical areas to benefit from its knowledge and cooperation.

What Israel can offer Iran

Global cooperation and a harmonious relationship between Iran and Israel will transform the market on both sides. The beneficiaries of such a transformation will not only be large companies and corporations, but also the common people of both countries. Statistics and research will show how commercial development (technology imported from Israel to Iran) will rapidly change the face of Iranian society.

Iran’s markets are especially thirsty for new high-tech. Western Jewish entrepreneurs and companies will also be encouraged to help meet Iran’s technological needs.

Teams of Israeli experts will come to Iran to help the local population manufacture, renovate and rebuild all of Iran’s dilapidated and rotting machinery. There is a huge variety of needs that need to be addressed, from education, banking, military and security to commerce, industry, agriculture and livestock, from food to medicine, research, university and sports .

Iranians still fondly remember the city of Ghazvin in northern Iran, completely demolished by an earthquake in 1963 and rebuilt by Israeli experts, and that experience will help people on both sides. Israel’s powerful position in the international media will help the Iranian people clean up the harshly negative reputation earned during the years of the Islamic Revolution.

The relationship with Israel will also provide new avenues for the commercialization of Iranian oil, and Israeli technicians will be welcome to help solve the big problems in Iran, such as gas and water pipelines, telephone communications, electricity, dams, roads, transportation and many. others neglected. or undeveloped projects.

Bilateral cooperation between Iran and Israel

It is the sincere opinion of the author, based on his personal, social and academic experience, that those who desire a secure future for both nations in a prosperous and peaceful Middle East have no choice but to embrace and foster close ties between the two nations. Such a wish is not an empty hope, but it could be a practical path that leads to a brighter world.

Iranians will welcome and be proud of a strong relationship with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and one of the world leaders in high technology, medical advances and agricultural production. On the contrary, having a strong friend and ally in the region with the richest oil and mineral resources and an open-minded government and population will represent a great opportunity for Israel.

Such ambition can easily be expanded to Central Asian countries, as well as Turkey and India. Why India? The Parsis in India are the Iranians who left Iran 14 centuries ago after the Arab-Muslim invasion of Iran.

They are now among the most aristocratic and upper classes in Indian society and administration. A large group of Iranian intellectuals (both inside and outside the country) are working to allow the Parsis in exile to return to their former home just as the Jewish communities, after 2000 years, returned from the Diaspora.

conclusion

For the past two centuries, Westerners have been the vanguard of liberty and social liberty, but at the same time, they are also slaves to its profits. Iran has no choice but to have a global relationship with the West.

A strong relationship with Israel will benefit Iran in two ways: on the one hand, Israel is a clear symbol of the West with great ability, and on the other hand, it is filled with a warm Eastern mindset. Furthermore, Israel has a deep historical and cultural affiliation with Iran.

To cement this future wide-ranging relationship, we propose:

1. A new bilateral legal system in both countries, based on solidarity, the old historical friendship and a productive global relationship (political, economic, social, cultural, military, security), and that responds to the demands of the 21st century.

2. Develop university visits and research, educational exchanges, bilateral scholarships at different levels, according to the priorities and requirements of both countries.

3. Increased collaboration in journalism and the media, including regularly organized meetings.

4. Bilateral development of artistic, sporting, tourist and other social events. The holding of seminars, conferences and exhibitions in the fields of culture, industry and agriculture and inventions, with the aim of improving the knowledge of nations among themselves.

5. Development of marketing on both sides for trade and commerce in the public and private sectors. Minimizing bureaucratic complications and maximizing customs, taxes, insurance and transportation facilities.

6. Consolidate cooperation between Iran and Israel in the areas of police, army and security, including research and mutual exchanges in this area.

Both nations, the Iranians in particular, have never been more aware of the positive and beneficial consequences of their close relationship and historical friendship than today, but there are still many who must be aware of it.

The writer is the founder of the Peace and Love Movement for Iranian expats in Israel and around the world.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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