Israel and Iran are considered to be the Middle East's key nemeses - a stand-off replete with mutual recriminations, threats and covert ops, occasionally threatening to drag the region into a new conflict. But what stands behind how Israel and Iran view each other? How important is opposition to the other in each side's legitimating ideology, threat perceptions and political discourse? How does hostility to Israel play out in Iranian domestic politics and vice-versa? Are Israel and Iran on a one-way only path to an eventual military clash or might one or both sides be looking for or amenable to taking an off-ramp? And is the nuclear file cause or symptom in Israeli-Iranian relations?
Ali Ansari is Professor of Iranian History at St. Andrews University (UK).
Nadav Eyal directs Israel’s Channel 10 International News desk and he is also a senior columnist for Ma'ariv.
Daniel Levy is the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at ECFR.
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