The Iranians behind Israel’s rescue missions

In this interview in Farsi, Colonel Ramtin Sebti says he would be willing to undertake a rescue mission to Iran if necessary

Name one country (apart from Iran) where Iranians have reached the highest ranks in the military.  Yes, it’s Israel. (Come to think of it, Iranian Jews would never be appointed to senior military posts in Iran).  Ramtin Sebti is the Iranian-born commander of the IDF rescue mission to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Meir Javedanfar explains in the Times of Israel:

First was Shaul Mofaz (formerly known as Shahram Mofazazkar).
He was one of the commanders of the elite Israeli special forces team
which flew to Uganda to save Jewish and Israeli hostages as part of the
legendary operation Entebbe.

The Esfahani origin, Tehran born Mofaz’s job
was to command a team which destroyed all of the Ugandan air force MiGs
on the ground. Failure to do so could have enabled Idi Amin who was
helping the terrorists to use these planes to chase the Israeli planes
after they had taken off. Mofaz’s team had to do this while other
Israeli commandos fought off Ugandan forces and Palestinian and German
terrorists who were keeping the hostages.

That was in 1976.

And  just days ago,Colonel Ramtin Sebti
another Iranian commander in the IDF, commanded an Israeli rescue
mission of a different kind: to the Philippines to help the victims of
typhoon Haiyan. The mission consists of 148 specialists, a field
hospital, 100 tons of humanitarian and medical aid.

Colonel Sebti, originally from Tehran’s Yousef
Abad neighborhood, belongs to my generation of Iranian immigrants. He
left Iran 26 years ago in 1987 at the age of 15, and was smuggled across
the Iranian border to Pakistan, much like many of my school
friends. Today he heads one of the most coveted forces in the Israeli
army, the National Search and Rescue Unit. This unit is in charge of
rescuing victims of missile attacks as well as natural disasters such
as earthquakes and typhoons. It has taken part in rescue operations in
places such as Haiti, Kenya, Turkey and now the Philippines.

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