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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rouhani and the Israelis in 1986?

Here's a curious story from Yediot Aharanot, reprinting a 1994 article about a secret meeting between Hassan Rouhani, now Iran's incoming President, and Israeli adviser Amiram Nir in Paris in 1986, with Manouchehr Ghorbanifar (of Iran-contra middleman fame) also present. It suggests Rouhani told the Israelis what they wanted to hear, but there are some curious things about it, including a reference to Rouhani not being a cleric, which of course he is, and was then as well. Make of it what you will.

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