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September 12, 2013 12:50 pm

Report: Influential Rabbi Pinto Invited to Meet Iranian President Rouhani During New York Visit

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Influential Israeli kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has been invited to meet with newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during the latter’s upcoming visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli daily Maariv reported Wednesday. The meeting is set to take place on September 26th and will also be attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

The meeting was reportedly initiated by the American Iranian Council a think tank which promotes relations between the U.S. and Iran. Reached on the phone by The Algemeiner, a representative for the Council who would not give his name declined to comment on the report.

According to Maariv, Rabbi Pinto has not yet responded to the invitation, and plans to consult with Israeli government officials before agreeing to attend.

The paper reports that Pinto told associates that should he attend the meeting, he would try and dissuade the Iranian President from advancing the country’s nuclear weapons program, which endangers Israel.

“Italian businessmen” who are close to the rabbi and maintain connections with Iranian leaders were also instrumental in establishing contact between the Rabbi and Rouhani, Maariv said.

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  • Former Donor

    Be careful with Rabbi Pinto’s organization especially his “secretaries” and other assistants. They also ask for money saying they represent the Rabbi and promise it will bring good luck. They bring gifts saying it is a personal gift from the Rabbi and he wants thousands of dollars for it. If you are successful, it is because of the Rabbi and if you fail it is because you do not have enough belief (emunah) in the Rabbi. Regardless, they will ask for more and more money until you realize it is a scam and then deny everything they told you and move on to the next victim…

  • Fortune

    IT’S YOM KIPPUR IN SOME PLACES, EREV YOM KIPPUR IN OTHERS AND CONCLUDED IN STILL OTHERS.

    LAY OFF THE LASHON HARA. THE BOOKS ARE NOT YET SEALED.

    BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A G’MAR TOV.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    I hope he is a true Kabbalist and can change the nature of Iranian thinking by altering their reality. Give him a chance. Something is drawing them to him.

    • Fortune

      ONLY HASHEM CAN MAKE THE CHANGE.

      • Al Talena

        It is too east to throw up one’s hands & proclaim “It’s in the hands of Hashem.” To do so means one stops trying.

  • David

    If I am not mistaken, he is facing serious criminal charges in Israel. Maybe his Italian friends figured this might help him leverage a deal with the Israelis. Too bizarre. Except for a Kabbalist.

  • Bernard Ross

    aren’t the iranians satisfied with the naturei karta? It makes no sense to go unless they renounce their blood libels on the Jews. it gives them credibility if a jew meets with them, as if to say they are not so bad. Even Hitler had jews he invited to his lair.

  • Jeffrey Justin

    Isnt he still under house arrest in Israel for Money Laundering?

  • Yidden

    Great now the Iranian President will think Jews didnt get killed in the Holocaust. And those that did are crooks.

  • Kiflemariam Melake

    Is this Rabbi an Israeli citizen? If he is doesn’t he know that Iran does not recognize Israel? What significant contribution could he make? The first step must be to get Iran recognize the right of Israel’s existence and the welfare of the Israeli people.

  • Joey A.

    Pinto is a criminal who has stolen from many people. This is his invention in his mind. He’s under house arrest and his wife tried to kill herself to hide their crimes. This and the Lochness Monster have the same chance of coming true.

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