The Iranian madman and Israel
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is proving himself to be the most psychotic head of state since Adolph Hitler. He has threatened to "wipe out" Israel, has denied that 6-million Jews were killed in the Holocaust by the Germans and their anti-Semitic collaborators, and has demanded that the Israeli population be shipped to Europe.
The Iranian president regards the Israelis as interlopers in the Middle East. But as he apparently sees it, just in case there really was a Holocaust, it all happened in Europe.
Ahmadinejad--and other Israel-bashers--conveniently overlook the fact that roughly half of Israel's slightly more than 5-million Jews have no European connections. They or their immediate forebears fled from Arab and other Muslim countries, seeking refuge from Islamic persecution in the new Jewish state. There are at least as many of them as there were Palestinian Arab refugees when Israel gained its independence in 1948.
The ultimate irony is that, like Ahmadinejad himself,Israel's president, Moshe Katsev, and its defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, were both born in Iran.
Israel's foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, was born in Tunisia. Another Israeli cabinet member, Meir Sheetrit, was born in Morocco, as was Amir Peretz, the Labor Party's new chairman. Tzachi Hanegbi, also a cabinet member, is the son of an immigrant from Yemen. The former defense minister, Benyamin Ben-Eliezar, was born in Iraq.
It has been said that such Israelis, known as Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews, may be the most motivated soldiers in the nation's armed forces. They or their fathers and grandfathers have had the intimate experience of living as Jews in Muslim countries.