Sherwin Pomerantz

Iran’s Continued Israel Bashing

Some of my blog recipients responded to yesterday’s post by saying that we really do have to give diplomacy a chance and that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was practicing overkill in his cautionary message to the world not to make a bad deal with Iran.  Seriously?

If anyone still has doubts about the nature of the regime with which we are dealing, witness remarks made yesterday by Iranian Supreme Leader (don’t you just love that title?) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as reported by Reuters.

Here are his words:

“Zionist officials cannot be called humans; they are like animals, some of them.  The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation.”

“The Zionist regime says things that only bring humiliation on themselves.  It is a regime that emerged through force, and no phenomenon that has emerged through force has continued to exist – and this regime will not continue to exist either. “

“The Zionist regime is the rabid dog of the region.”

Not content to blast Israel he also took healthy swipes at France for buckling to “Zionist pressure” in objecting to certain parts of last week’s draft agreement on nuclear development as well as at the US who he holds responsible for all of the ills that have befallen the Iranian economy.

Of course most of these remarks went unreported in Western media outlets because it would destroy the current (unrealistic) belief that Iran has changed its political attitudes and can now be negotiated with as one would with any normal country.

Sadly, the mistake the West makes in dealing with governments in this part of the world, is not insisting that they change their rhetoric in return for the support offered by these governments.   The same mistake was made in the negotiations with the Palestinians who continue to teach hatred of Israelis, Jews and Zionists in textbooks whose content was created with fund supplied by Western governments.

As some of my readers may know, for months now Israel has been providing critical medical care to Syrians injured in that bloody civil war.  Wounded civilians are brought into northern Israel “under the radar” as it were, treated for as long as it takes for them, to recover and then returned to Syria.  A few weeks ago the first Syrian baby was born in an Israeli hospital.  After the birth the mother remarked that she had, from her earliest years, been taught that Israelis are cruel, mean and obnoxious people only to find, upon coming here and being treated by our medical professionals, that the situation is exactly opposite.  Sad that she had to find herself in a critical medical situation to realize the truth. 

As I started the week with a quote from Winston Churchill I end it with one as well.  He said “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”  Sadly the result of the West’s folly in dealing with Iran means that we will be eaten first.

About the Author
Sherwin Pomerantz is a native New Yorker, who lived and worked in Chicago for 20 years before coming to Israel in 1984. An industrial engineer with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and business, he is President of Atid EDI Ltd., a 32 year old Jerusalem-based economic development consulting firm which, among other things, represents the regional trade and investment interests of a number of US states, regional entities and Invest Hong Kong. A past national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel, he is also Former Chairperson of the Board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and a Board Member of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce. His articles have appeared in various publications in Israel and the US.
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