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Michael Ledeen, a consultant of National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, requested assistance from Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres for help in the sale of arms to Iran. At the time, Iran was in the midst of the Iran–Iraq War and could find few Western nations willing to supply it with weapons. The idea behind the plan was for Israel to ship weapons through an intermediary (identified as Manucher Ghorbanifar)
Originally posted by mayabong
I've always found this one to be a little more complex for my conspiracy mind. I remember as a kid, seeing oliver north being questioned on tv.
Maybe we should ask Lee Hamiltion, I believe he was on that committee and also the 911 commission.
Originally posted by Thoriumisbest
Well my guess would be that it earned them Brownie points with the US and they probably figured that if they didn't do it someone else would. Also maybe they felt that at that time Iran and Iraq would be fighting each other which I'dn guess they'd be pretty happy with.
Originally posted by Manouche
Until the Islamic Revolution, Iran was Israel's main ally in the Middle East and had a sizable Jewish community of Mizrahim. They had mutual strategic interests in the region, Iran is a Muslim country but neither Arab or Sunni. Iran was amongst the firsts countries to recognize the state of Israel. They had close commercial ties and had started together the development of a new missile a few years before the Iranian Revolution.
So those two countries were far from unfriendly.
Despite the external image of distrust and rejection of Israel given by the Islamic regime, it is possible Iran has maintained secret ties with Israel for strategic reasons and the Iran-Contra scandal probably reveals it. Iran was diplomatically very isolated after 1979 and I believe it's quite possible Iran and Israel have secretly collaborated in some areas.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
What's one of the oldest sayings in the middle east?
No, not an Eye for an Eye.
The other one.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Israeli support for Iran during the Iran-Iraq War refers to clandestine support of Iran provided by Israel during the Iran–Iraq War. Officials of Iran have denied that they received help from Israel.
... Despite all the speeches of Iranian leaders and the denunciation of Israel at Friday prayers, there were never less than about a 100 Israeli advisers and technicians in Iran at any time throughout the war, living in a carefully guarded and secluded camp just north of Tehran; they remained there even after the ceasefire.
Israel's goals were reestablish some influence in Iran which was lost when the Shah was defeated in 1979, intensify the Iran-Iraq War and weaken both Iran and Iraq, both of whom opposed the existence of Israel, prevent Iraq from conquering Iran as they feared a victorious Saddam Hussein, and create business for the Israeli weapons industry.