JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran’s exiled crown prince is scheduled to come back to Israel this week on a go to that displays the nice and cozy ties his father as soon as had with Israel and the present state of hostility between Israel and the Islamic Republic.
Reza Pahlavi, the son of the final shah to rule Iran earlier than the 1979 Islamic Revolution, stated Sunday that he shall be delivering “a message of friendship from the Iranian folks.”
He’s set to take part in Israel’s annual Holocaust memorial ceremony on Monday evening, stated Israeli Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel, who will host him. He’s additionally set to go to a desalination plant, see the Western Wall and meet representatives of the native Bahai neighborhood and Israeli Jews of Iranian descent, she stated.
Gamliel praised the “courageous resolution” by Pahlavi to make what she stated could be his first go to to Israel. “The crown prince symbolizes a management totally different from that of the ayatollah regime, and leads values of peace and tolerance, in distinction to the extremists who rule Iran,” she stated.
Pahlavi left Iran at age 17 for navy flight college within the U.S., simply earlier than his cancer-stricken father Mohammad Reza Pahlavi deserted the throne for exile. The revolution adopted, with the creation of the Islamic Republic, the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the sweeping away of the final vestiges of the American-backed monarchy.
Pahlavi, who nonetheless resides within the U.S., has known as for a peaceable revolution that will exchange clerical rule with a parliamentary monarchy, enshrine human rights and modernize its state-run financial system.
Whether or not he can impress assist for a return to energy is unknown. His father dominated lavishly and repressively and benefitted from a CIA-supported coup in 1953. The late shah additionally had shut diplomatic and navy ties with Israel.
That led to 1979, when the Iranian revolution’s chief, Ayatollah Khomeini, declared Israel an “enemy of Islam” and reduce all ties. Right this moment, the international locations are arch-enemies. Israel considers Iran to be its best menace, citing the nation’s requires Israel’s destruction, its assist of hostile militant teams on Israel’s borders and its nuclear program. Iran denies accusations by Israel and its western allies that it’s pursuing a nuclear bomb.
“I would like the folks of Israel to know that the Islamic Republic doesn’t symbolize the Iranian folks. The traditional bond between our folks could be rekindled for the good thing about each nations,” Pahlavi stated on Twitter.