donderdag, juni 29, 2006
W.S.C. ~~ Israel/Iran
This story caught my attention while in the midst of the Israel (and the rest of the world too as it looks like, but especially Israel) Iran conflict about Iran's nuclear weapon development project and the clear threats of Ahmedi Nejad to "wipe Israel off the map" or things to that extend, I realized that being an Israeli right now in Iran MUST be "out of the ordinary" - so weird.
I know that Radio Israel can be received in Iran and that Iranians can call in and they can all speak with each-other. I know that the president of Israel, Moshe Katsav (an Iranian himself) has spoken with Iranian listeners that called in. I know all that, but I still think it's a tad odd when the Iranian Government invites Israeli's to come and help them with some infrastructure repairs orso... Especially when those Israeli's get to be near the Busher plant (huh!!).
Also "In recent years trade relations between Israel and Iran have blossomed in certain fields, mainly agriculture. The Iranians indirectly buy from Israel spare parts for machines, vegetable seeds, and water filtering systems," doesn't sound like "your regular being on the verge of attacking one-another reality"
Please read and let me know what YOU think of this. Am I the only one who's surprised? Is this regular under the circumstances?
Israelis help rebuild Iran
Despite public anti-Israeli statements, Iran uses help of Israeli infrastructure consultants in rehabilitating earthquake-struck zones. 'Commercial cooperation between countries is stunning,' one expert says
While the Iranian regime has been engaging in public displays of hatred against Israel in recent months, with the country's president calling for Israel's destruction and denying the Holocaust, behind the scenes the picture seems very different.
In recent weeks the Muslim republic has been enjoying the skills of Israeli experts recruited to help with rehabilitating the country after recent earthquakes have caused massive damages and devastation.
Three Israeli infrastructure consultants who returned to Israel at the end of the week from a secret visit in Iran on the invitation of a Tehran official, told Israel's leading daily Yedioth Ahronoth they were stunned by their stay in the country.
"We were amazed to discover the gap between Israel's public conflict with Iran, and the depth of the commercial cooperation between the countries, estimated at dozens of millions of dollars a year. We were greeted warmly and felt no hostility on the part of our hosts," one of the Israeli experts said.
The Israeli consultants were sent to Iran on behalf of a Dutch company that is partly owned by an Israeli. The company recruited the Israeli engineers and advisors, who specialize in infrastructure rehabilitation works, and flew them to Iran with special travel passes, after leaving their Israeli passports behind in Holland.
'Surprise' awaiting in Busher