Kamal Penhasi, Farsi speaker of the Israeli army

The past year has seen a sharp spike in speculation about an Israeli air strike against Homeland, raising concern over the prospect of all-out military conflict between the two sides.To Mr Penhasi, who chairs the Persian-Israeli Friendship Association – which boasts 121 members – and edits the country’s only Farsi-language magazine, the talk of war between his country of birth and country of residence is deeply saddening.