In August, we got an 'Israeli Film Festival' (for which, you'll remember, the NSW Police sought and obtained a ban on protest from the Supreme Court).*
This November, we'll be getting a 'Jewish International Film Festival', most of whose films originated in... Israel.
IOW, two Israeli film festivals in 4 months.
Flicking through the program, my attention was caught by the blurb for an entry titled Operation Sunflower:
"This is a thrilling, fictionalised account of how Israel built its nuclear capabilities and the moral implications. It is the 1960s and Israeli intelligence is nervous. Iran is bringing missiles out of its bunkers. Soon it will be just a 'push of the button' away from being able to launch them at Israel. Racing against time, the head of the Mossad and a reluctantly recruited scientist work to create a nuclear option for Israel."
Hm... Israel... Iran... 1960s...
Hang on a minute:
"One Israeli-Iranian project that indicates the intimacy of the [Israeli-Iranian] alliance was to develop a long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The missile was the product of Israeli research and development, starting in the late 1950s. In the spring of 1977, Israeli Defence Minister Shimon Peres signed a secret agreement in Tehran for the development of a more advanced missile. Iran was to finance it through the delivery of $1 billion worth of oil to Israel, and would also provide a special airport, an assembly plant, and the site for a long-range test. The project was halted by the end of the shah's reign; its details were revealed when the new Iranian regime published documents found in the Israeli embassy building in Tehran. These secret documents also revealed that Israel had tried to interest the Iranians in the Lavi project, the ambitious plan to produce a state-of-the-art jet fighter by the 1990s." (The Israeli Connection: Who Israel Arms & Why, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, 1987, pp 11-12)
Wouldn't want history getting in the way of a rattling 'good' Zionist yarn now, would we?
[*See my 20/8/14 posts PAGS Press Release 1 & 2.]