Ahmadinejad vs. Israel, Palestine – and Iran

September 2, 2012 11:12 am 6 comments

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Screenshot.

The International Atomic Agency has reported that sanctions have failed to slow Iran’s nuclear program.  In fact, the program is speeding up, and Iran is producing nuclear weapons in a location invulnerable to Israeli attack.

This is not much of a surprise.  Former President Ali Akhbar Rafsanjani, in the annual Al-Quds (Jerusalem) sermon given on December 14, 2001, said that if one day the world of Islam comes to possess nuclear weapons, Israel could be destroyed.  Rafsanjani said that the use of a nuclear bomb against Israel would leave nothing standing, but that retaliation, no matter how severe, would merely do damage to the world of Islam (reported by MEMRI Special Dispatch Series No. 325).

Sanctions, shmanctions, say Iran’s leaders.  Ahmadinejad, time and again, has spoken of wiping Israel off the map.  If moderate Rafsanjani was not afraid of retaliation, no matter how severe, extremist Ahmadinejad certainly has no fears.  Would he sacrifice the lives of tens of millions of Iranians in order to destroy Israel and all its people—Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druse, Bahai and African animist?  Of course he would.  Could Iran gain anything by this action?  Of course not.  “Virtue”—dying in a jihad while killing Jews—takes precedence over practicality.

Persia has an extremely long history of friendship with Jews.  The Book of Ezra 6:14 tells us that, “according to the decree of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes, king of Persia” the Jews were permitted and enabled to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their Temple.

Jews in Iran prospered during the days of Shah Reza Pahlavi, and Israel had good trade and diplomatic relations with Iran.  When Khomeini came to power in 1979, things changed.  Israel became the “little Satan.”  The Islamists said that they had to oppose Israel and support the Palestinians.  This was odd.  Iranians have never had good relationships with the Arab world.  Most Palestinians are Sunnis, and Iran is a Shia state.  Iran didn’t become anti-Israel in order to help the Palestinians; instead, Iran became nominally pro-Palestinian in order to oppose Israel.

If—G-d forbid—Iran succeeds in destroying Israel, that will be the end of any talk of Palestinian independence, not only in Iran but all over the world.  Nowadays, people speak of the plight of the Palestinians.  That plight would turn into a catastrophe if there were no Israel.  The neighboring Arab states would divide up the territory.  They would persecute the Palestinians as they always have, by denying them citizenship, exploiting them, letting them live for decades in refugee camps.  During the course of an atomic war, Jerusalem might get hit by a nuclear bomb, which would destroy the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque forever.  Iran wouldn’t care.  They would accept it as the price for the virtuous act of eliminating Israel from the fact of the earth.

The country that would suffer most of all, of course, would be Iran.  An atomic war could easily kill tens of millions of Iranians.  Ahmadinejad is willing to take the risk.

Let us think of Hitler.  The world’s atomic scientists lived in Germany (Einstein), Hungary (Teller and Szilard), and Italy (Fermi).  Fermi was not a Jew, but since he was married to a Jew, he was Jewish under the Nuremberg Laws.  Hitler at first didn’t know that he needed atomic weapons, but eventually he learned.  Did he try to use Jewish scientists?  Of course not.  “Virtue” came first.  When Soviet forces were advancing, Hitler needed railroads to supply or evacuate his soldiers.  “Virtue” came first, however, and the trains were used to rush some of the remaining Jews in Budapest to Auschwitz.

The most evil acts in history were never committed for practical reasons.  They were always irrational, done for “virtue.”  The most dangerous enemies are those that have no rational goals.

6 Comments

  • I’ve heard several of Ahmadinejad’s speeches when the relationship with Israel was mentioned. I have gathered that in all cases he used the term “Israel” he was really denouncing the Zionists who in reality “manages” the entire State. The area before it was even declared a State.

    There are many references and a book entitled “al Nakba” which pertains to the whole sordid experience for about 750,000 Palestinean/Arabs who became evicted from their own land.

    • Why did the Nakba happen? Because of the senseless rejection by the Arab world of the U.N. decision in 1947 to create a Palestinian state. Equally senseless were the Three No’s of Khartoum, when the Arab states voted not to negotiate with Israel. Arafat’s rejection of the Taba Agreement, negotiated by President Clinton in 2001, was even more senseless. Most illogical of all was the launching of missiles from Gaza into Israel—missiles that have no strategic and no political purpose.
      Ahmadinejad’s desire to destroy Israel and thus end forever the possibility of an independent Palestinian state (which can exist only with Israel, not against it)–sets a new standard for senselessness.

  • BS. the ‘world of islam’ already has a bomb. Ever heard of Pakistan? The state sponsor of the Taliban, Haqqani network and numerous other purveyors of violence and hatred. Pakistan is a much more dangerous threat to israel and the world than Iran is, so stop BS’ing everyone and scaring people needlessly.

    other incorrect facts here are that ahmadi nezhad has absolutely no control over the nuclear program, Iran does not have good relations with the arab world (except syria’s government which is not exactly the typical of the arab world), and Iran did not become anti-Israeli to oppose Israel, but rather to be in contrast with the previous regime of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi who was despised by most who were not of the upper-class. also iran does not currently have the technologies or capabilities nuclear weapons so they cannot produce nuclear weapons so don’t write that they are doing so because its a lie and you know it.

    if you are going to write anything at least use correct information

    • When Rafsanjani, in 2001, said “If one day the world of Islam comes to possess nuclear weapons,” Pakistan already had a bomb. Pakistan tested its first nuclear bombs in May of 1998. Rafsanjani must have felt that Pakistan wasn’t Islamic enough.
      Today, Pakistan is crazier than it was in 2001. Even so, it is not as dangerous to Israel as Iran is. Iran is working actively to destroy Israel. Pakistan is not making daily statements about wiping Israel off the map, nor is it going on with its plans despite sanctions. The fact that Pakistan is both Islamic and dangerous doesn’t negate the more immediate danger posed by Iran–to Israel and to itself.

  • The way to Iran is still through Syria and the Arabs will be with us when we make up out mind to take on Assad.  But all won’t be with us if we have to go to Iran to finish the bombing started by Israel. 
    So which would it be?
    Do we go to Syria now and take out Assad — and also Iran when it steps in to to help him.  Or do we wait for Israel to strike Iran first and then we finish the job?
    In either case we end up in Iran.  
    Why not go to Syria first along with others willing to help the millions of Arabs suffering under Assad. 
    But if we do, come hell or high water, Israel had better stay put. 

  • Excellent article; the most dangerous leaders are irrational and irresponsible persons who have faith in an ideology, whether secular or religious, that has as its ultimate purposes world domination.

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