Iconic Israeli singer Rita says there is “no quarrel” between Israelis and Iranians, and that the average people of both countries continue to try to make personal connections.
A native of Iran who immigrated with her family to Israel at age eight, Rita recently recorded her first full album in her mother tongue of Farsi. She told CNN that the timing felt right for a Farsi-language album after more than 30 years as one of Israel’s top divas.
One would think that with all the tension between Israel and Iran, a Farsi-language album wouldn’t sell all that well in the Jewish state. But Rita’s latest collection of hits has already gone “gold” in just three weeks. What’s more, it is also said to be quite popular in Iran.
Rita said in the interview that she has actually received fan mail from Iran, including from one young man who said he would gladly risk the state-mandated punishment in order to attend one of the Israeli singer’s live concerts.
The current issue of Israel Today Magazine (January 2014) features an interview with the Iranian activist behind the Facebook group “Iran-Loves-Israel,” a response to a similar Israeli Facebook campaign expressing warm feelings toward Iranians.
In the interview, the young man tells Israel Today that while he can’t see reconciliation between the two nations so long as the Ayatollahs are ruling Iran, history has shown that Israelis and Iranians are natural allies.
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