"When Iran and Israel were friendly": Visiting Fellow Dalia Dassa Kaye quoted in Salon article
Dalia Dassa Kaye shares her expertise on the nature of the once-amicable relationship between Israel and Iran.
" 'The Shah looked at Israel as a way to establish friendly relations with the U.S.,' says the Rand Corp.’s Dalia Dassa Kaye, co-author of a recent monograph on Iranian-Israeli relations. Israel saw Iran as a way to escape its regional isolation. 'They were bound by common enemies: the Soviet Union, and Arab nationalism, especially Iraq,' says Kaye.
The alliance, though never formalized or publicized because of Israel’s unpopularity in the region, consisted of deep intelligence and arms cooperation, as well as oil sharing. In the late 1950s, Israel, Iran and Turkey formed a trilateral intelligence alliance and performed counterterrorism intelligence operations. In the early 1960s, they teamed up to support Iraqi Kurds fighting the central regime. According to Kaye’s research, 'Tehran and Tel Aviv developed a close military and intelligence relationship that would continue to expand until the Islamic revolution.' "
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Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012