Recently, there has been a lot of news regarding the Israeli-American Relations and their relationship with Iran. It’s a long and complicated history that has spanned the length of the Cold War and resulted in many death traps for the Jews in the Deja-vu. However, we’ve also seen that Israel has had some level of success fighting against international terrorism, and we know that they’re not afraid to use force if necessary. One of the things that often gets lost in the shuffle is the fact that both Israel and Iran have very close relationships. Here are some facts about how this relationship came about, and how it can help our American friends today:
During the height of the Iran-Contra Affair, in 1986, there was an unfortunate incident where a ship belonging to an Israeli company was boarded by Iranian crews. This set off a chain of events that would forever change the course of the war. First, Israel refused to release the ship which was calling Israel’s name dirty because it was being used by the IRGC.
The US didn’t want to antagonize its closest neighbor, so it decided to help the shipyards by releasing the vessel. When the shipyards were not happy with this response, they kidnapped two Americans on board the ship. This set off a chain of events that would change the course of the war. First, Iran released more boats to raise tensions, and then the US Navy opened fire in the Persian Gulf, which resulted in the sinking of the ship.
The incident that started this whole affair was an embarrassing situation for the American public, but at the same time it showed how fragile our delicate relationships with our closest allies can be. After this attack, the shipyards took things a step further, hiring agents to pose as passengers on the ship and catch the Americans. With this incredible development, we were once again faced with an enemy who didn’t want to let us back into their waters.
This set off yet another reaction, this time from the shipping industry. Shipping companies were suddenly on alert. With the war going on, if they didn’t get their cargo out of the region, they might be sunk or captured. For years, these shipping companies worked closely with the US Navy, knowing that once war broke out in the region, the US would use their ports to send supplies and support forces. With all this happening, the shipping industry knew it had one of their best investments, and that was at risk if the US wasn’t involved.
This is the history of the Iranian-irsan affair. We are still faced with hard times, but we should always remember where we came from and why we’re fighting. If we can fight wars for our values, we can win. It’s time we put this politics aside and get to work for what’s right.