On Monday night at 8 o’clock every Israeli was glued to a television broadcast in which Prime Minister Netanyahu revealed the remarkable victory which our Mossad had in smuggling 100,000 documents and 183,000 CD discs out of Iran and bringing them safely back to Israel on the same day.
The half-ton of material allegedly pertained to Iran’s secret activities in pursuing nuclear weapons in defiance of a 2015 agreement.
Netanyahu pulled back black curtains to reveal the magic trophies unearthed by the Mossad. But at the very same time, thousands who watched the televised report were terrified, fearing that Israel would soon be attacked by Iran, God forbid.
One doctor in a Tel Aviv hospital reported that on the day following the announcement, dozens of patients appeared for medication against trauma and anxiety.
President Trump rejoiced at the news which Netanyahu sent to him and his first response was “I told you so. I am 100% correct. The 2015 agreement must be either nixed or fixed.”
European allies prefer to keep the agreement, stating that inspections have indicated that Iran has been living up to its obligations in the 2015 agreement. Many representatives of the European Union are en route to Jerusalem to examine the documents and materials retrieved by our fantastic Mossad.
Some European voices were heard stating that the material had been known since 2011, but that seems impossible because a 2015 agreement could not have been signed had the member states been aware of it.
Not since the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina have we heard of any vitally significant and brave accomplishments of our Mossad, the finest intelligence agency in the world, as their most recent “tourist” visit in Iran. All of their past activities over the years have been spectacular, but this recent one is the crown of their glory.
Watching the televised address of Prime Minister Netanyahu, some millions of viewers were left in dread fear of an impending Israeli-Iranian war.
Somehow, I don’t think there will be a physical war. Only a constant war of words. Take for an example, President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung Um. Hostile words and name-calling continued for a long time followed by each leader’s promise of a nuclear attack. As we know now, that attack seems far away and the two hostile leaders will soon meet face to face with smiles and handshakes.
What brought about the sudden change? I believe that North Korea was intimidated by President Trump and made the decision, wisely, to de-nuclearize their weapons of mass destruction, lest they become victims of an American attack.
A similar approach can be possible between Israel and Iran. The Iranian nation consists of a highly educated and cultured population. Their history is as old as ours. And that long-ago history was cordial and helpful to the Jews.
Cyrus and Darius, two Persian kings, aided the Jews return from Babylonian exile to Israel and supported them with money to re-build their destroyed temple in Jerusalem.
With the establishment of our independent state we had excellent diplomatic relations with Iran under the rule of Shah Reza Pahlevi. That relationship ended with the 1979 revolution of the Muslim ayatollahs.
Harsh words and constant criticism of Iran will only invoke their anger further against us. They are a nation steeped in pride. Recognizing that fact may soften the harshness of the present Iranian government. Words coated with sugar or honey have a tendency to be reciprocal.
They certainly know that any attack by them on us will result in immediate retaliation culminating in the loss of millions of lives. No sane leader of a nation can want such a disaster to fall upon his people.
I wish that our frightened and traumatized citizens would be able to relax from their fears and go on living every day in health, peace and happiness.
Zeh hayom asa Adonai, nagila v’nismecha bo…. This is the day which God created, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Shalom al Yisrael. Let there be peace for all Israel.