Jim the Moron wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:00 am
1. "Iran is against Israel" because of deep-set anti-Semitism that taints all of Iran's reactionary Islamist leadership.
Well, guess what? Iran, unlike its Arab neighbours still has a resident Jewish community.
Also astonishing is that Israel and Iran (naughty boys) have been doing a lot of business with one another under the counter.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_o ... 5_to_1979)
Even though the new revolutionary government promoted heated anti-Israeli sentiments among its followers, many commercial ties were still maintained even after the revolution. After the revolution, selling Iranian oil was extremely difficult due to sanctions. Marc Rich, an Israeli-Swiss businessman, sent his Glencore executives to Tehran and established major commercial ties with the new government. Rich was the only businessman able to export Iranian oil from 1979 to 1995. He claimed in his biography that he exported Iranian oil to Israel through a secret pipeline between the two countries. He further claimed that both countries were aware of this transaction. Rich obtained military weapons for Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. On many occasions Rich helped Mossad agents in Iran. For his actions on breaking the US sanctions, US government found Marc Rich guilty and sentenced him. However Rich was later pardoned by Bill Clinton in his last day in office. Former Mossad heads Avner Azoulay and Shabtai Shavit personally wrote to Clinton to argue for his pardon. Furthermore, many other commercial ties still exist between Iran and Israel. Israel imports most of its pistachio from Iran and this matter has angered California pistachio producers and US government on many occasions. In 2011 Israeli company Ofer Brothers Group was on the list of companies that broke Iranian sanctions.  Ynet reported that Israeli-Iranian trade, conducted covertly and illegally by dozens of Israeli companies, totals tens of millions of dollars a year. Much of this trade is conducted through a third country. Israel supplies Iran with fertilizer, irrigation pipes, hormones for milk production, seeds, and fruit; Iran, meanwhile, provides Israel with marble, cashews, and pistachios. Based on the same report in November 2000, the Iranian government asked an Israeli company, which built Tehran's sewage pipes 30 years earlier, to visit the country for renovations. Shortly afterwards, the assistant director-general of Iran's Ministry of Agriculture visited Israel secretly and stayed at the Tel Aviv Hilton Hotel. He expressed an interest in purchasing irrigation pipes, pesticides and fertilizers.
2. Why should Iran be "interested in the fate of Jerusalem?"
Jerusalem is the holy city to Muslims as it is to Jews and Christians alike. Being an agnostic, however, you might find the concept of holiness
difficult to grasp.
Why should the Israelis "talk directly" with folks insisting on the destruction of their nation?
In their own best interests. To turn a potential enemy into a friend and potential ally, you nong