News was pretty serious today–namely a speech by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and the worries about possible hostilities from Iran. Rather than dwell on what you’ve already heard, I decided to find out the last time Iran threatened Israel. I ended up at Wikipedia’s entry on Iran-Israel relations, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Israel_relations a really giant article with 194 references. Wikipedia may not be great all the time, and they even provide warning on poorly verified articles, but this was great and updated already this year.
Sure enough, three top Iranian officials threatened Israel in 2012. Sometimes Iran and Israel have actually gotten along, such as during the 80’s Iran vs. Iraq War. I should admit that I didn’t become a news and politics follower until I retired from teaching. Undoubtedly, the strangest news in the Wikipedia article was the record of illegal trade between the countries. For example, Israel buys most of its pistachios from Iran. Californian pistachio farmers are saddened by Israel’s Iranian pistachio preferences. Could the tasty small nut be a gateway to peace?
On a lighter note, today is Texas Independence Day; the Twitter Trending column called it to my attention. I tweeted a photo of a cool T-shirt with the boundaries of Texas in 1836–an even bigger state.