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Son of Iran’s last shah arrives in Israel to push for ‘peaceful, prosperous future’

April 17, 2023

Reza Pahlavi taking part in Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations, talking water tech and the future renewal of ties

The son of the Western-backed Iranian ruler overthrown in the Islamic Revolution arrived in Israel on Monday for a trip being billed as an effort to rebuild relations between the nations.

“We are very happy to be here and are dedicated to working toward the peaceful and prosperous future that the people of our region deserve,” Reza Pahlavi wrote on Twitter, after arriving in Israel with his wife.

“From the children of Cyrus, to the children of Israel, we will build this future together, in friendship.”

Pahlavi was greeted at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv by Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel, who is hosting him while in Israel.

“Together, we will renew the ties between our nations, for the future generations,” Gamliel said.

Pahlavi later took part in the official ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

“As author Elie Wiesel said, without memory there is no hope,” Pahlavi tweeted.

Ahead of his arrival, Pahlavi said his visit will focus on Israeli water technology and renewing ties.

“The Iranian and Jewish people have ancient bonds dating back to Cyrus the Great and Queen Esther,” Pahlavi said in a statement Sunday, referring respectively to the Persian king who allowed the Jews to return to Zion from exile in the sixth century BCE and the Jewish heroine of the Purim story.

“As the children of Cyrus, the Iranian people aspire to have a government that honors his legacy of upholding human rights and respecting religious and cultural diversity, including through the restoration of peaceful and friendly relations with Israel and Iran’s other neighbors in the region,” he added.

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