Iranian dissident delegation visits Israel in historic first, meets with Foreign Ministry


August 6, 2021

Members of an Iranian delegation to Israel in July 2021 (l-r) Ahmad Batebi, Ellie Cohanim, Amir Hamidi, Foad Pashai and Ben Tabatabaei.

(JNS) - It was billed as the first Iranian delegation to Israel since the fall of the Shah 42 years earlier. Six Iranian Muslim dissidents, forced to leave their homeland decades ago and who made their way to the United States, came on a three-day solidarity mission last week to show support for the Jewish state following the May clash between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip - namely, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad - that have long been backed by Iran.

Accompanying the group were four former Trump administration officials, including Ellie Cohanim, former U.S. dep...

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