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In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the ...more
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Published December 3rd 2007 by Yale University Press (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jeff Richards
Apr 02, 2014 Jeff Richards rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
“Three Whom God should not have created: Persians, Jews and Flies” Title of a book by Khairallah Tulfah, Saddam Husseins maternal uncle.
Unless you are seriously interested in the politics of the Persian Gulf, the relationship between Iran and Israel might seem straightforward: a long standing enmity between the two countries that threatens to spill over into war, even nuclear war. But that is far from the truth. First of all, if you don't know already, Iran is not an Arab country. Many Persians
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mohamed
كتاب مميز كتبه الايراني تريتا بارزي يتناول فيه تاريخ العلاقات بين مثلث أمريكا إسرائيل إيران، والتحولات السياسية ومستقبل العلاقات.
مثل علاقات إيران وإسرائيل
وفيه رفض اسرائيل اغتيال الخميني في زمن الشاه
وتودد اسرائيل لثورة الخميني
وزيارة أحمد كاشاني، النجل الأصغر لآية الله العظمى أبو القاسم كاشاني الذي لعب دوراً رئيسياً في تأميم صناعة النفط الإيرانية بزيارة إسرائيل ـ وعلى الأرجح أنه كان أول إيراني يقوم بذلك بعد الثورة ـ لمناقشة مبيعات الأسلحة والتعاون العسكري ضدّ البرنامج النووي العراقي
وكيف تعمل اي
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Ahmad Al-Maaini
Jul 20, 2011 Ahmad Al-Maaini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من الصعب جدًا تلخيص كتابٍ كهذا، أو استعراضه بصورةٍ تعطيه حقه. هي دراسة قيّمة جدًا أعدّها (تريتا بارسي) لنيل شهادة الدكتوراة تحت إشراف المفكر الكبير (فرنسيس فوكوياما)، ويستعرض فيها تحولات العلاقات بين كل من إيران وإسرائيل والولايات المتحدة منذ عهد الشاه وحتى وقتنا الحاضر.

الكتاب ثريّ جدًا بالمعلومات التاريخية والتحليلات السياسية الذكية جدًا، ومن يقرأ الكتاب سيتأكد أن السياسة لا تعترف بشيء غير المصالح، حتى وإن تشدقّت بأيديولوجيات دينية أو غيرها. وربما سيشعر القارئ ببعض القرف من عددٍ من الجهات العرب
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Rod
May 27, 2008 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from the library, but it's so rich in history and detail that I'm going to buy it. Having it in my own library should come in handy to combat the lies and distortions emanating from the Republican Party. The book is unique because much of its material is based on interviews Parsi obtained with figures in the U.S., Israeli, and Iranian governments. It covers the period from when the Shah was in power in Iran to the year 2007, and it shows how even the pro-Western Shah attempt ...more
Hafsa Yusuf
Mar 29, 2015 Hafsa Yusuf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: سياسة

الكتاب عبارة عن بحث علمي قيم ومفيد ويستحق القراءة. الكتاب يتحدث عن العلاقات التاريخية الوطيدة بين ثلاثة دول: إيران وإسرائيل وأمريكا، هذه الدول بينها صداقة عميقة ومصالح مشتركة يغطي عليها خطاب إعلامي مغاير تماماً للحقيقة. الكاتب قد لا يصرح بآرائه الشخصية ومواقفه ولكن يمكن للقارىء أن يستشف ذلك من خلال الكلمات والأوصاف التي يستخدمها.
أورد الكاتب أن حركة حماس وقفت مع صدام حسين في الحرب العراقية الإيرانية، وهذه المعلومة خاطئة حيث أن حماس تأسست قبل عام من انتهاء هذه الحرب وهذا الموقف مخالف لقيمها وثوابت
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Mustafa Basree
Aug 06, 2011 Mustafa Basree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read. So informative, full with evidence and fairly unbiased.

Trita Parsi introduces the argument that Iran has a rational strategy that is/was consistent throughout the years of Shah, the revolution, and the current regime that it aspired domination and hegemony in the Middle East. That, in essence, collides with the very same aspiration of Israel, which fears the acquired, but before that the would-be, weaponization of any country - in the region - that contests Israel over the hegem
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Pam Rasmussen
This book is sometimes dissatisfying in that it focuses very narrowly on the relationship between Iran, Israel and the United States, and thus certain more complex subjects are lacking in the broader context needed to understand them. However, it is enlightening nonetheless, clearly making the point that despite our governments' focus on Iran's anti-semitic rhetoric, other forces (mainly geopolitical) are responsible for our own belligerent behavior. In the past, all of the parties have put rhet ...more
Mohammed Lori
Apr 25, 2015 Mohammed Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بناء على طلب الربع السياسيين، كتبنا اليوم بعض الاقتباسات من كتاب (حلف المصالح المشتركة.. التعاملات السرية بين اسرائيل و ايران و الولايات المتحدة للكاتب تريتا بارزي) . وبما اننا عشنا و نحن في هوس "نظرية المؤامرة" فالكتاب يحمل عنوانا لافتا .. هذا ليس عنوانا لمقال لأحد المهووسين بنظرية المؤامرة من العرب، و هو بالتأكيد ليس بحثا أو تقريرا لمن يحب أن يسميهم البعض "الوهابيين" أو أن يتّهمهم بذلك، لمجرد عرضه للعلاقة بين إسرائيل و إيران و أمريكا و للمصالح المتبادلة بينهم و للعلاقات الخفيّة. و تأتي أهمية ه ...more
Ghada Arafat
Aug 28, 2014 Ghada Arafat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mena-challenge
A must read book not only for those interested in Israeli Iranian relations but also any one who is interested in ME politics and realism in international relations.
Hajar
Jan 25, 2009 Hajar is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
حقائق مهمة من أفواههم يجب معرفتها للتاريخ و لتوعية أبنائنا
Mojtaba Tefagh
Nov 04, 2014 Mojtaba Tefagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm myself Persian and I don't believe everything in this book is the ultimate truth but there are two merits which should not be underestimated.
The first one is that, as a mathematics student who has done his senior thesis on machine learning, I rigorously know when there are too many factors involved in some phenomenon, there would be numerous explanations which make perfect sense no matter how much you scrutinize. You can go over the mathematical proof of this concept, referred to as the cu
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Mohammed Saad
Apr 05, 2013 Mohammed Saad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب ضرورى للمهتمين بإيران عامة والعلاقات الثلاثيةبين (إيران-الكيان الصهيونى-امريكا)خاصة ،ذكر الكاتب انه التقى عشرات المسؤلين والمحللين السياسيين من الدول الثلاث ، يحكى عن العلاقات بداية من قيام الكيان الصهيونى وكيف كانت العلاقات قوية خلال فترة الشاة بالرغم من عدم وجود علاقات رسمية معترف بها خلال فترة الخمسينات والستينات..خلال حرب 73 اعلن الشاة وقوفه على الحياد فرفض مثلا منع النفط عن اسرائيل ،وبالرغم من تقديم دعم مادى للجبهتين المصرية والسورية ! ، وبعد الحرب كان من الذين يقفون وراء نجاح عملية ...more
E
Jul 06, 2009 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Understanding the Iran-Israel-U.S. triad

This is an exceptional look inside a diplomatic house of mirrors: the ongoing evolution of relationships among Iran, Israel and the U.S., and where their motives, rhetoric, realpolitik and military power converge. Trita Parsi’s sophisticated analysis of this complex, high-stakes, long-standing triad presents many surprises, perhaps even to those who think they know the inner workings of the Middle East and U.S. diplomacy. Parsi offers an advanced understan
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Dan
Mar 07, 2013 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is a ton of information in this book. Although some of it is quite dubious, some of it was new and illuminating (many of the sources are from undocumented personal interviews about third parties). The author is partially an Iranian propagandist. Moreover, he has a huge personal issue with the state of Israel. Although its annoying to continuously read his attacks on Israel throughout the book, it becomes extremely problematic because his knowledge and understanding about Israel is insuffic ...more
Corey Rowe
Jan 03, 2010 Corey Rowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love this guy but this book gets really confusing. not his fault though-the conspiracies and alliances between everyone involved are beyond your imagination and nothing you ever hear of. you will need to take notes as you read-maybe even a chart-unless you are super smart, or just smarter than me:) really good stuff in light of us/iran relations...really really really good. and if you didn't know that everything in m.e. politics revolves around israel/palestine, whether because of true concern ...more
Zack
Jun 06, 2015 Zack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How sad. So many places over the last few decades where seemingly obvious, granted obvious in hindsight, choices could have likely led to a better world. What might have been?

Highly recommended!
Aboud Akhdir
Apr 29, 2015 Aboud Akhdir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You get to understand why and how Iran got to this position... I love the book, it is more important now than ever, while Iran is already the dominant power in many Arab states...
Shiardall
لم يتاح لي قراءة الكتاب بالكامل. فهو غير موجود حيث اعيش في العراق. ولكني طالعت فقرات كثيرة منه في الصحف. اعتقد انه كتاب قيم ومرجع مهم
Tariq A
كتاب مهم ومفيد سيجعلك تفهم طبيعة التطلعات الإيرانية والإسرائيلية في المنطقة. استنادا إلى حوادث تاريخية ومفاوضات كثيرة تُظهر تطلعات الطرفين وآمالهم وصراعاتهم واتفاقاتهم.
قرأت الكتاب بناء على نصيحة الدكتور عبدالله النفيسي، المحلل السياسي الكويتي المعروف، ولم أندم على ذلك. هي دراسة خطيرة تنبئُنا بصعوبة قيادة الشرق الأوسط مستقبلا إن حقق أحد الطرفين ما يأمل
مايظهر من خلال هذا الكتاب أن الحكومة الإيرانية -مثل كل الحكومات العربية- حكومة باراغماتية تلبس رداء الدين لتحقيق غايات سياسية، لذا فهي لا تمتنع عن
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David
Fascinating, if too academic account, of the Iran-Israel-US triangle. Things are not what they seem. Both Israel and the US did business with Khomeini, and later Israel managed to scuttle a rapprochement between the US and Iran.

Although the régime in Iran is currently acting quite brutally, a strategic understanding with the US, which might well also reduce pressure on Israel, is possible.

I'd like it if more footnotes referenced sources other than newspapers, and if the geopolitical analysis wer
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Shawn
May 19, 2008 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All foreign service officers and students of international affairs should read this. It is said that the Persians invented chess and I am not surprised. The writer has unique access to many of the players from the 79 Revolution through the 2003 post-OIF Arab conference. This book is filled with primary sources and interviews. I was extremely impressed and although not primarily a student of Middle-East politics, I feel all current affairs books should be this well-written and researched.
Jack Lohbeck
Apr 04, 2014 Jack Lohbeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great analysis of a complex situation
Rodger
This book won the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, a $200,000 prize.
Nouf
Jan 15, 2012 Nouf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A rich book that you should give it a read here are some quotes from the book:

A key pillar of Iranian revolutionary government’s foreign policy was “rhetorical
opposition to Israel but practical collaboration . . .with the Jewish State.


A majority of senior Israeli
officials, including Yitzhak Rabin, continued to believe that Iran was a
“natural ally” of Israel

Serving Patriot
Jun 27, 2009 Serving Patriot rated it really liked it
Before your blindly accept whatever you are told about Iran and Israel in the U.S. mainstream media, read this book!! Most of us are history starved and shoveled so much fluff for news that we forget when and why Israel and Iran were silent allies, when and why they turned against each other, and how that change affects them today. Parsi did a great job with this book!

نينوفر
من يريد أن يستوعب العلاقة بين إيران وإسرائيل وأمريكا، فعليه أن يطّلع على هذا الكتاب، فسياسة إيران وعلاقتها مع إسرائيل ما هي إلا علاقة مصلحة. ولا تخضع في جوهرها للإيدلوجية كما خدع البعض :
"لم يكن سبب اندلاع الصراع بين إيران وإسرائيل الاختلافات الأيديولوجية التي بينهما، كما أنه ليست حماستها الإيديولوجية هي التي تبقيهما حيتين اليوم."
Abhimanyu Verma
Jan 03, 2016 Abhimanyu Verma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very insightful book , well written and comes across as unbiased . Drives home the point beautifully that underneath all the rehtoric the three players .
, especially Iran , are pragmatic players and are playing the long game to serve their interests . " There are no permanent friends or foes, only permanent interests"......
معتصم العربي
كتاب جدا رائع ومميز.... أبدع فيه بالتسلسل التاريخي بالعلاقات الثلاثية المبنية على المصالح البحته,,,,

لم يتوفق الكاتب في حديثه عن علاقة نظام الملالي بالفصائل الفلسطينية حيث قال أنها ابتدأت عام 1994 لكنها كانت قبل ذلك بكثير وكتاب رحلة الدم الذي هزم السيف لفتحي الشقاقي مؤسس الجهاد الاسلامي يدل على علاقته الوثيقه مع الخميني نفسه!!
Hanan Kat
Apr 09, 2015 Hanan Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a month to finish this book as it was very heavy on info, but it was totally worth it! I'd say take any book about Middle East with a grain of salt because there are lobbyists everywhere, but this is a very entertaining and interesting book. Read it and draw your own conclusions!
Sara Mohamed
Oct 31, 2012 Sara Mohamed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يكشف حقائق التحالف الثلاثي "ايران واسرائيل وامريكا"
تخطيطات سرية لتقسيم الثروات والاراضي فيما بينهم تحت غطاء الكره والبغض !
الكتاب صادم بالنسبة لي عندما قرأته أول مرة كنت جاهلة في السياسة وهذا ماجعلني اتفاجئ بما فيه !!
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Trita Parsi (Persian: تریتا پارسی) is the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, and author of Treacherous Alliance and A Single Roll of the Dice.

Born in Iran to a Zoroastrian family, Parsi moved with his family to Sweden at the age of 4 to escape the political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic who was jailed under the reign of the Shah and l
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