Trita Parsi, Author of forthcoming book on Israeli-Iranian relations.

The Israeli-Iranian rivalry bewilders Western governments and has served to undermine America's strategic objectives in the Middle East. Israel and Iran had enjoyed a quiet entente against regional threats for decades—even after the Islamic Revolution. Trita Parsi will speak about how the two non-Arab states in the Middle East have turned into fierce enemies. Although many experts trace this enmity to the ideology of the ruling clergy in Tehran or the potential threat posed to Israel by a nuclear-armed Iran, Parsi's careful study of the history of Israeli-Iranian relations since the 1970s reveals different roots of the conflict.