Thursday, May 3, 2018

Members of Israeli Intelligence’s elite Unit 8200 sing in Farsi at their graduation

IDF soldiers singing ‘Sultane Qalbam’ at graduation ceremony

English translation of lyrics to ‘Sultane Qalbam’

Ruler of my Heart 
One heart says go go
One heart says stay stay
My heart is resless without you
what would I do without you

Before my beautiful love
the world is too small
your memories are with me everywhere
I will never leave you

The sad state of my heart
you do not know
without you no love or moon shines
on my black night

You are the ruler of my heart
the doors to my heart you have broken
you promised to be my love
I am still waiting

Of a petal I shall make paper
and write on it a letter
you are leaving my confidant before lover
O my new love

After hello my love
first I love you so
second I am awaiting signs of you
in every desert and field

You are the ruler of my heart
the doors to my heart you have broken
you promised to be my love
I am still waiting

Ahmad Zahir - Sultan e Qalbam (English translation), Lyrics Translate, (5 February 2011).

Who rules their heart?  

You can bet, that it isn’t Iran.

Iranian-born immigrants to Israel are drafted to its military intelligence units in disproportionately large numbers, an official report said on Thursday. This fact reflects the military's high demand for Farsi speakers to monitor the Jewish state's arch-enemy. 
A story in the official Israeli military journal Bamahane included rare personnel data showing that one in five Jewish immigrants from Iran serve in intelligence units due to their native Farsi. 
"Bringing Iranian natives with a command of Farsi into the intelligence corps is a priority," the organizer, Adi Bublil, said. "They have an advantage, as Farsi is not a common language among young men and women in Israel." 
Israel's military intelligence corps is well-funded and staffed. Its Unit 8200 specializes in electronic eavesdropping and is often likened to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) or Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). 
Last September, Israel's top-rated Channel Two TV aired footage of military intelligence soldiers in a Farsi class. 
According to that report, Iranian-born troops were included in the language program, which lasts seven months and twins comprehension of technical terms with Farsi songs and Persian folklore designed to improve eavesdroppers' colloquial skills. 
"We need to know everything (about Iran), from combat doctrines to weaponry to operational routines to slangs and codes," said the training academy's commander, a lieutenant-colonel whose name was withheld under secrecy regulations. 

Israeli Military Fills Up Intel Units With Iranian Immigrants, Report Reveals, Haaretz, (9 January 2014).

Graduates of Unit 8200, the IDF's technological spearhead.

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