Israel’s parliament or Knesset has received a request by an Iranian soldier asking to be allowed, along with his formerly Jewish family, to move to Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reports. His parents converted to Islam, he claims.
The unusual request was addressed to Knesset Member Danny Danon, chairman of the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee which recently held a closed-door discussion regarding Iranian Jews. Mossad representatives took part in the meeting.
In his email message, the Iranian soldier said he served in the Iranian military and has Jewish roots. He claimed his parents had become Muslims out of fear of the regime, but that his grandparents were Jewish and he sees himself as a Jew. He therefore requested assistance in moving to Israel.
The soldier also asked for instructions on how to leave Iran and reach Israel. He noted his dream is to live and study in Israel.
Mossad representatives recently told a Knesset committee that Iranian passports are issued only after mandatory military service is completed. As Jews do not serve in the military, they are forced to pay bribes to get passports. In this case, it appears the soldier was recruited seeing as his parents had become Muslims. He has now decided to return to his Jewish roots.