Jerusalem Report

Intelligence Report: Shattering the image

The clash between Netanyahu and Obama could torpedo the perception of Israel as a gateway to Washington.

Barack Obama lectures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House in September
Photo by: JASON REED / REUTERS
On February 26, 2006, “close associates” of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei sent a top-secret message to the government of Israel. The message contained an unusual request. Iran asked Israel for help “to establish a direct, albeit discreet, line to the US.

So why, out of all the nations on earth, did the regime of the ayatollahs request help from one of its bitterest enemies, which it defines as the “small Satan?” Because, according to the message, the regime “realizes the importance of the Israeli position for that to happen.”



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