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Monday, September 24, 2012

Ahmadinejad's Threats From UN Meeting

Nadene Goldfoot
Before the UN annual General Assembly session, Iranian's Ahmadinejad has stated that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated."  He was speaking to reporters before he speaks to the General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.  He tried to brag that Iran, on the other hand, has been around for the last 7 to 10 thousand years and tries to brainwash people into believing that Israel has only been around for the last 60 to 70 years.  Does he not realize that mammoths roamed the landscape 10,000 years ago?  I don't think that Persia was in existence then.  He refers to Israel as a minimal disturbance.

He let the world know how he felt about Israel in 2005 when he called Israel a "tumor" and echoed the Ayatollah Khomeini by saying that Israel should be wiped off the map.  On Monday Ahmadinejad attended a meeting on the rule of law and said that states should not yield to international law as imposed "by bullying countries."  He's the pot calling the kettle a container that can boil water.  I don't know of another country today more bullish than Iran.

He certainly gets an F from me for his knowledge of history.  Jews' roots go back in the Middle East to before Abraham's birth in the beginning of the 2nd millennium BCE, being Abraham, called the Hebrew,  is also our father of Judaism, and Abraham, in order to continue his family in monotheism, moved them all out of Ur, a land of idol worship, which is in today's Iraq, into Canaan, which is what Palestine was called much later when the Romans took over.  Jews called it Eretz Israel.    I didn't notice Islam starting up from the pagan religions his people were following in his tribe of Quraysh until  after Muhammad's birth in Mecca in 570 CE when he got into creating Islam in about 613 CE.  Abraham must not have made that big an impression on their belief system then, though Ishmael was born first before Isaac in our interpretation of the story, which does differ from the Islam version.

Israel is a land and a people.  Our history, which means our roots in the Land of Israel is more than 35 centuries long.  This land has been the core of our national life and the center of our aspirations.  For 3,000 years we've had Jews live here.  Our Biblical period origins go back from the 17th to the 6th century BCE. The Patriarchal history to the descent into Egypt's period was till the 17th century BCE.

Persia (Iran) came into the Jewish history with the conquest of the Babylonian Empire by Cyrus in 538 BCE.   For 2 centuries after that both Jews in Exile in Mesopotamia and in our holy land were under Persian rule.  It was under the Persians that Jews were allowed to return to Eretz Israel which continued to be a Persian province with some degree of local autonomy.  

Of course" the whole Middle East is the birthplace of some of the earliest human civilizations and the cradle of 3 of the most important religions of the world-namely, Judaism."  The dominant group of the Indo-Europeans of the Middle East are the Iranians, who have linguistic and cultural ties with the peoples of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and parts of Turkmanistan and Uzbekistan as well as Pakistan.  This linguistic affinity exists between Persian and most of the languages of India and Europe.  Armenians and Kurds are related linguistically to the Persians, while the Kurds are the closest in DNA to the Jews.

Jews were continuously in the area.  In 70 CE Jerusalem fell to the Romans, but that didn't mean that all Jews were taken away.  We have always had a continual presence of Jews there.  They continued to live in Jerusalem and Safed "Tzfat", among other places.  They are called the Sephardim.  The European Jews in exile who returned are called Ashkenazim.  Probably the latter, of which I am one,  were taken through Rome and then onto Germany through the centuries from Jerusalem and from there onto places like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, the hunt for a safe place to live. Their lives depended on the whims of the royalty of the countries they were in.  

Ahmadinejad is being quite defensive when he says that the sanctions are not as bad as they are portrayed and doesn't think that Israel will launch a military strike on their nuclear facilities.  He says Iran has NEVER sent arms into Syria.

How Ahmadinejad twists his thinking is astounding.  "Freedoms must not interfere with the freedoms of others," he said.  "If someone insults, what would you do?...Is insulting other people not a form of crime?  What on earth does he think he has been doing to Israel?

The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
facts about Israel : Division of information ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem
Text: 2nd Edition of Middle East-past and  present by Yahya Armajani, Thomas M. Ricks

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