The history of confrontation and cooperation between Iran and Israel is a volatile sequence. With the transformative impact of the 1979 Iranian Revolution on Iranian leadership and ideology, as well as Israel’s metamorphosis from a newly independent state to a regional rival, there is much to unpack in this relationship. From regime changes to nationalistic awakenings, Iran and Israel’s conflict is comprised of infinite layers brimming with historical and political implications. For the past 70 years, Iran and Israel’s diplomatic relationship has encountered numerous shifts, thus forming an axis of hostility, regional contention, and damaging rhetoric. This research analyzes the Iranian-Israeli dynamic through the lenses of foundational ideologies backing both countries, regional rivalries and vulnerabilities, and finally, leadership choices and personalities. The research at hand holds political significance, as both states exhibit intense animosities incomparable to previous conflicts in the Middle East. As Iran and Israel lash out against one another, the international community has eyed this conflict as one of the largest hindrances to peace in the Middle East. Therefore, this study is concerned with analyzing failures and obstacles in this notoriously ambiguous duo.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Aspinwall, Emily M., "An Analysis of Obstacles to Peace Between Iran and Israel" (2019). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 584.