Oye! News from Middle East
Category: Middle East
Published on Wednesday, 01 December 2010 08:44
Written by William Belle
The headquarters of Iran's national airline at the Teheran airport has been holding a secret for over 30 years but holding it in plain sight. Satellite images from Google Earth reveal the Star of David on the roof of the building
. As the ire of Iranian officials was raised by this geopolitical prank, speculations rose about the origin of this Zionist symbol in the midst of the Islamic revolution.
The answer is quite obvious. Israel and pre-revolutionary Iran were not hostile. According to the latest news reports, Israeli engineers built the headquarters of Iran Air. Regular flights started in 1960 between Teheran’s Mehrabad International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. It is also reported that Israel sold weapons to Iran during this period.
Relations between Israel and Iran
The Shah of Iran was the first Muslim leader to recognize the State of Israel...
In 1982, however, the New York Times reported that during the Shah's reign, half of the arms supplied to Iran were "being supplied or arranged by Israel"..
From the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 until the Iranian Revolution and the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979, Israel and Iran maintained close ties. Israel viewed Iran as a natural ally as a non-Arab power on the edge of the Arab world, in accordance with David Ben Gurion's concept of an alliance of the periphery. Israel had a permanent delegation in Tehran which served as an unofficial de facto embassy. After the Six Day War, Iran supplied Israel with a significant portion of its oil needs and Iranian oil was shipped to European markets via the joint Israeli-Iranian Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline. Brisk trade between the countries continued until 1979. Israeli construction firms and engineers were active in Iran. Iranian-Israeli military links and projects were kept secret, but they are believed to have been wide-ranging, for example the joint military project Project Flower (1977-'79), an Iranian-Israeli attempt to develop a new missile.
But this is star number 2
Back in August, somebody noticed that a new monument being built in Teheran's Revolution Square is covered in hundreds of Stars of David. No one knows if this was ignorance or carelessness on the part of the artist doing the design. Here is a picture of the monument
under construction. A local web site showed a picture detailing where the stars are to be found
Authorities are calling for the removal of the Star from the headquarters of Iran Air. What will they do about the monument in Revolution Square?
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