At the moment of maximum tension between Israel and Iran, the authorities of the Jewish state received Reza Ciro Pahlavi, 62, the crown prince and eldest son of the last Shah of Persia, who since his exile in the United States is trying to carve out a role to mediate between the democratic opponents of the regime of the ayatollahs to give a new course to the future of the Islamic Republic . Coinciding with fears over uranium enrichment to nearly 90 percent, Israel has conducted joint exercises with the United States in recent weeks and continued to strike Iranian and pro-Iranian targets in Syria. Israel's posture has hinted at both the possibility of a preemptive strike closer than ever and an attempt to facilitate regime change in Iran, which is well expressed in Pahlavi's visit to Jerusalem, where he met with Israeli leaders. Following the announcement of the visit, Israel's intelligence minister, Gila Gamliel, he said: "We are taking the first step towards rebuilding the ties between our peoples." “We are delighted to host the Iranian Crown Prince and admire his courageous decision to visit Israel for the first time. The crown prince symbolizes a different leadership from that of the regime of the ayatollahs and promotes the values of peace and tolerance, unlike the extremists who reign in Iran,” added the minister. For Gamliel, "the good ties between our peoples have existed for thousands of years", hoping that the visit will create a bridge between Israel and the Iranian people.
“We are happy to be here and to work for a peaceful and prosperous future that the people of our region deserve. From the children of Ciro, to the children of Israel, we will build this future together, in friendship,” Pahlavi said on Twitter yesterday after his arrival at the airport Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv. Announcing his visit, the prince said he wanted to "engage Israeli water experts on ways to address the regime's abuse of Iran's natural resources and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust." "Today we take the first step to rebuild ties between the two nations," the minister said. “I want the people of Israel to know that the Islamic Republic does not represent the Iranian people,” added Pahlavi, who could become the most prominent Iranian figure to ever pay a public visit to Israel. “The ancient bond between our people can be rekindled for the benefit of both nations. I go to Israel to play my part in building that brighter future,” added the exiled heir to the throne. In an interview granted to "Agenzia Nova" on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, the prince stated that "nobody wants war" between Iran and Israel. As pointed out by the heir to the Peacock Throne, Israel and Iran have 'a biblical relationship' which finds manifestation in the Jewish prayer on Saturday, in which "Cyrus the Great" is mentioned, emperor of Persia from 550 to 530 BC and to whom we owe the liberation of the Jews from the "Babylonian captivity". Pahlavi had therefore observed that a new Iran would eliminate "all threats" of the Islamic Republic, "including the nuclear one". In this perspective, "the quickest solution" is the fall of the "regime".
Today the exiled Iranian Crown Prince Pahlavi expressed "deep admiration" for the visit to the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem, where he prayed "for the day when the good people of Iran and Israel will be able to renew our historic friendship ”. In a message on Twitter, Pahlavi recalled that "2.500 years ago, Cyrus the Great freed the Jewish people from captivity and helped them rebuild their temple in Jerusalem." The Shah's son arrived in Israel last night as part of a historic visit. The prince went today to the wailing wall with his wife Jasmine and with the minister of intelligence of Israel, Gila Gamliel, on the occasion of the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. On Twitter, Gamliel said: “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day siren at the Western Wall, in memory of six million Jews, together with the heir to the throne of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, and his wife , Princess Yasmine Pahalvi. Never again". Pahlavi attended a ceremony at the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem last night, lo Yad vashem, together with the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, and the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who have not commented. In statements to local media, Pahlavi said it was his "duty" to attend an event honoring the victims of the Holocaust. “It is a biblical relationship that our two countries have had over the centuries and today, when we have the regime that denies that the Holocaust ever happened, it is my duty to be here to represent my countrymen, to honor the victims of the 'Holocaust and pay tribute to this nation and its people,” he said. Also today, Pahlavi thanked President Herzog for the "warm welcome and words of friendship towards the Iranian people". Through a message on Twitter, Pahlavi called for a "future in which Iran and Israel renew their historical ties in the pursuit of greater security and prosperity for both of our nations".
Pahlavi's visit to Israel also comes as Iran and Saudi Arabia have restarted their diplomatic ties, with a range of effects on the region. It is worth remembering that yesterday, April 17, the prime minister of Israel Netanyahu reiterated that the country wants "normalization and peace with Saudi Arabia". During the meeting with the Republican US Senator, Lindsey Graham, in Jerusalem, the chief executive added: “We consider it perhaps a giant step towards the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This deal could have momentous consequences, historic consequences for both Israel and Saudi Arabia, for the region and for the world." On the possible start of diplomatic relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu "obviously welcomed the US participation of the president (Joe) Biden, with the support of both sides of Congress,” reports a press release from Netanyahu's office. After the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020, which sanctioned the start of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the Jewish state has repeatedly expressed its willingness to maintain relations with Saudi Arabia, guardian of the two places saints for Islam in Mecca and Medina. It is worth remembering, however, that the rapprochement between the two countries may not be that close, considering the new phase of relations between Riyadh and Tehran.
Graham arrived in Israel after a visit to Saudi Arabia. For his part, the press release continues, the US senator said: “I told Saudi Arabia that I would like to improve our relations. We have to do it in a way that reassures our friends in Israel. I want to help President Biden." Graham let it be known that he told the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, "that the best time to advance our relations is now and that President Biden is very interested in normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia, in exchange for Riyadh's recognition of the only Jewish state." With Joe Biden's arrival at the White House, relations between Riyadh and Washington experienced a moment of ice, which affected both the energy and geopolitical spheres. “I believe the Republican Party would be happy to work with President Biden to change the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which could ultimately lead to the Saudi government's recognition of Israel. That's why I'm here. It will take a lot of effort, but it's worth trying,” he concluded.
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