No matter which political party emerges at Israeli Knesset either Likud, Balad, Yesh Atid or Zionist union their views regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran will take a long time to change. Similar sentiments run in Iranian leadership and nation since decades. It was not always being like this. The two were not born this way. The anecdotes that define their close ties are numerous and evident in historical events. Before the late 1970s, their relationship was close and friendly.
This episode was from the era of “Pahlavi Reign”. Iran was next after Ankara to come forward and recognize “the state of Israel”. Also, both positioned their de-facto embassies. The two altogether had the corporation in trade, infrastructure, edification, construction, and energy plus they once had direct flights. Not only this but it is also believed that Israel probably have collaborated with Iran in her nuclear visions from its scratch and few secret missiles projects like “Project Flower” were settled.
Hence, under the era of Shah’s management, their military terms were too close that they even shared their intelligence services as well as technological developments. Their military officials used to visit the two lands on mandatory regular notes. Later during the Six-day war that befell in the late 1960s, Tehran provided the “oil facilities” via “Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline” to the State of Israel. In fact, when Iran-Iraq conundrum took place millions of arms were injected via Israeli Defense Ministry. Conversely, with the 1979 revolution, the ties went off, dark and worst till today.
A week ago, Jewish Prime minister claimed that Tehran has desecrated International law with her “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV))” entered their borders which through his defense bureau has drowned instantly. Following that event, immediately a bunch of air raids flew from Israeli territory with specific Iranian targets on its list. Before locking the targets in between that panel two aircraft were knocked out claimed by Syrian authorities yet one among those was verified on “Jezreel Valley”. The jet that was shot down stood either one or two, the drone that was destroyed in Israeli sphere is Iranian or not, cannot be decided by a short twenty-eight seconds monochromic video released by Israeli Airspace Department.
Since a long time from 1982, no such intimidating event has taken place that has again trembled the international community. Both states once again came up with a harsh set of speeches and threats passed to one another. Where Israel blamed Iran for her deceits and warned her to “not test their resolve” around the neck. On the other side of the pole, Iran simply called the whole scenario nothing but a ‘cartoonish circus” and warned Israeli leadership to be razed down if endangered their state’s dignity.
In current security conference that took place in Germany, Netanyahu showed great disappointment from the United States of America along with her Inspection regime specified on Iranian matter and called it “inadequate and insufficient” for Tehran to regrow their “Nuclear Arsenal” in meantime. Subsequently, Zarif representing Iran accused the U.S of intricating “hysteria” among international community against their Republic.  The event fetched great concerns from Russian and American verges. Where, Russian federation alarmed Israel to “avoid harming their servicemen on Syrian territory” where the United States showed deep apprehensions over Jewish “sovereignty and their right to defend”.  However, the response from China is yet to be watched which can prove to be crucial for future predicaments of the Middle Eastern region.
This whole episode marks the inflexibility between power politics and their proxies that is likely to remain unchanged. Israel evades from accepting her contribution to Syrian war but on and off admits her incursions in the lot from her bases. Same applies to the United States but with many misperceptions to either depart or stay in the regional political game which is resulting in weakening her position. Whereas politics seems fortunate for Vladimir Putin in the Middle East as her grown yet evolving relations with Iran, Israel and Syrian regime approve “the war to not escalates” contrary to her ambitions in the region.
Still, the hysteria drives to be kept on developing as Tehran and Israel shares deep-rooted contradictory sentiments surrounding their collars via Syria as well as Lebanon. To conclude, how far the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Jewish State of Israel stays at “warfare edges” is undefined presently as there is no permanent foe and friend in global politics. Undoubtedly, the drowning of F-16 airliners has verified that those actors “Pro to Assad regime” is not ready to evade the Middle Eastern power politics yet. At least from five to ten years, there seemed no signs of dispersing conflict clouds. But then again the contemporary time is essential for major powers’ future choices. This time traditional and new powers have to decide al-together realistically either to depart, stay or burn the region to ashes.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Regional Rapport.
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Gulmina Ashraf is Lecturer at Quaid-i-Azam University and Serving Senate of Pakistan. Her areas of research interests are Middle - East, China, Israel, United States and World Geo-Political Structures.
  • Faizan Fakhar

    The author’s views are concise and infomred. It must be noted that there is an emerging counterbalance to the Iran-Russia nexus in ME. This counterbalance consists of Israel, KSA, and India. Its a peculiar alliance and its utility is yet to be tested.

  • Mirza Habib Ali

    Let me appreciate Gulmina, a young lecturer for writing such an article which depicts her excellent skills in English writing. It’s a rare commodity in Pakistani Universities. Even few PhD holders can write such English. It reflects Faculty is hired on merit in QAU.
    Relations among nations and countries are based on their interest so post- 1979 Iran has framed her policy on new philosophy embedded in religion. But some time socio-political realities even overshadow religious ethos. Therefore what’s happening between Iran and Israel is natural.