The Shah of Iran in an interview on October 25, 1976 with Mike Wallace candidly spoke of the Jewish control over America and the influence and manipulation of the corporate mainstream media.
Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran said that in his view the Jewish lobby in the United States “is too powerful” and “sometimes they are disserving the interests of Israel.”
The Shah was asked to explain his remark that the Jewish lobby did a disservice to the interest of Israel. He said: “They are pushing around too many people…well, pressuring. They have many means at their disposal. They are putting on pressure on many, many people. At the end, I don’t think that it will even help Israel.” He said that American Jews are “strong” because “they are controlling many things.” and this is the reason American presidents pay attention to them.
When asked by Wallace what the Jews are controlling in the U.S., the Shah replied: “Newspapers…medias…banks, finance…and I am going to stop here.” He added that the New York Times and the Washington Post reflected the Jewish lobby power in the volume of news they print on Zionist and Arab questions.
Zionism and the Shah: On the Iranian elite’s evolving perceptions of Israel
It is a generally assumed that the Shah’s downfall led to the severing of ties between Israel and Iran, which up until that point resembled a love story. However, both Iran’s intellectual elite and the rest of the nation drastically changed their views of the Jewish State after 1967.
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“Anti-Semitic, It is a trick, we always use it. When, from Europe, if someone is criticizing Israel, we bring up the Holocaust. When, in the USA, people are criticizing Israel then they are Anti-Semitic.” –Former Israeli Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni
“Every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” –Ariel Sharon