In the year 2560 of the Cyrus era
the Knesset authorised the deployment of elements of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) in the Persian Gulf, approving the request for military assistance received from the "King of Kings", Shahanshah Reza Pahlavi.
Smoked OutPrior to the invasion from Iraq, Persia had enjoyed the worlds fifth strongest and largest army and was the clear undisputed regional superpower. However the new dicator in Baghdad, Saddam Hussein had plans to become the new strongman in the Gulf. And following a number of clashes, international relations with Iraq had fallen into a steep decline, mainly due to a dispute over the Shatt al-Arab waterway in the Algiers Accord.
Unmistakeably, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism had weakened Persia prior to Saddam Hussein's invasion. Because dissatisfaction with the Shah's rule had led to chronic underperformance from disgruntled Iranian officers and soldiers.
In Jerusalem, the fear was that instead of a friendly Zoroastrian Persia subduing Iraq, an Islamic State would arise to stir Arab Nationalist sentiment into a fervor, particularly amongst the Palestian people living in refugee camps on the West Bank of the River Jordan. The sum of those fears would eventually lead to a nervous breakdown for the chain-smoking premier, Yizhak Rabin (pictured) .