One of my best friends currently lives in America, only I don’t know where she lives. When she was only a child her family decided that it was better that way. Her father (a military man in Iran during the Shahs’s reign), died of cancer before Latifa and her mother fled to England. Roughly three years into their stay here, Latifa’s mother died of cancer and eventually Latifa went to live with a deeply religious and deeply devout family belonging to the Plymouth Bretheren, a radical Christian denomination. Quite what Latifa’s mother saw in what seemed to us to be an extremely eccentric, religious sect we will never know. Suffice it to say my mother pulled out all the stops to see to it that Latifa was delivered out of that hot house of fundamentalism, and back into the hands of the American branch of her family. Latifa’s mother had destroyed every possible record that could have enabled anybody to trace the other remaints of her family, so it is testament to my mother’s tenaciousness that Latifa’s brother was eventually traced, and Latifa travelled to America to start a new life with her brother and was never seen again.
What does this have to do with Ahmadinejad? Nothing really, the Iranian Republic came into existence, a tragedy for those people who suffered when the Shah fell in 1979, a triumph for those people who didn’t much like the perceived moral and spiritual turpitude encouraged by the Shah. And since Israel had been the Shah’s friend, why it should only follow that they would be perceived as the Iranian Republic’s enemy. And so we have the state of play that was existant for 26 years, up to and including the initial year of Ahmadinejad’s presidency, now I could waste considerable time typing up the point by point, ‘tit’ for ‘tat’ animosity that comprised Israel’s relationship with Iran up till now, but I believe I’ll just insert a detailed description supplied courtesy of Wikipedia.
‘In 2010, a wave of assassinations targeting Iranian nuclear scientists began. The assassinations were widely believed to be the work of Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service. According to Iran and global media sources, the methods used to kill the scientists is reminiscent of the way Mossad had previously assassinated targets. The assassinations were alleged to be an attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear program, or to ensure that it cannot recover following a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. In the first attack, particle physicist Masoud Alimohammadi was killed on 12 January 2010 when a booby-trapped motorcycle parked near his car exploded. On 12 October 2010, an explosion occurred at an IRGC military base near the city of Khorramabad, killing 18 soldiers. On 29 November 2010, two senior Iranian nuclear scientists, Majid Shahriari and Fereydoon Abbasi, were targeted by hitmen on motorcycles, who attached bombs to their cars and detonated them from a distance. Shahriari was killed, while Abbasi was severely wounded. On 23 July 2011, Darioush Rezaeinejad was shot dead in eastern Tehran. On 11 January 2012, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and his driver were killed by a bomb attached to their car from a motorcycle.
In June 2010 Stuxnet, an advanced computer worm was discovered. It is believed that it had been developed by US and Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. In a study conducted by ISIS it is estimated that Stuxnet might have damaged as many as 1,000 centrifuges (10% of all installed) in the Natanz enrichment plant. Other computer viruses and malware, including Duqu and Flame, were reportedly related to Stuxnet.
On 15 March 2011, Israel seized a ship from Syria bringing Iranian weapons to Gaza. In addition, the Mossad was also suspected of being responsible for an explosion that reportedly damaged the nuclear facility at Isfahan. Iran denied that any explosion had occurred, but The Times reported damage to the nuclear plant based on satellite images, and quoted Israeli intelligence sources as saying that the blast indeed targeted a nuclear site, and was “no accident”. Hours after the blast took place, Hezbollah fired two rockets into northern Israel, causing property damage. The Israel Defense Forces reacted by firing four artillery shells at the area from where the launch originated. It was speculated that the attack was ordered by Iran and Syria as a warning to Israel. The Israeli attack was reported to have killed 7 people, including foreign nationals. Another 12 people were injured, of whom 7 later died in hospital. The Mossad was also suspected of being behind an explosion at a Revolutionary Guard missile base in November 2011. The blast killed 17 Revolutionary Guard operatives, including General Hassan Moqaddam, described as a key figure in Iran’s missile program. Israeli journalist Ron Ben-Yishai wrote that several lower-ranked Iranian missile experts had probably been previously killed in several explosions at various sites.’
– Wikipedia (2013)
And so now we have President Rouhani, a popular moderate cleric, embarking upon the first efforts made in 30 years to establish a workable relationship with America, with the full support of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. What’s not to like? Iran may still have questions to answer, but take a long look at what Israel has been up to with the help of it’s allies, that’s all in the past now it’s true. But if both Iran and America play their cards right, here’s a real opportunity to sue for a globally beneficial peace, or at least a lengthy laying down of arms.