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Iran wants to annihilate 6 million Jews — Netanyahu’s Munich rant, interrupted

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Netanyahu, what a speech you gave at Munich Security Conference on Sunday. You even brought a piece of the downed Iranian constructed drone and threatened to attack Iran directly.  

Allow me, Netanyahu, to interrupt your speech in retrospect.

You began by pointing out the historical echoes of Munich, with two anecdotes – first the more recent one, with the massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972, but perhaps even more significantly for your argument, the Munich agreement of 1938. That pre-war agreement is often referred to as an ‘appeasement’, in that Germany was given legitimacy for its annexation of Czechoslovakian territory, which Germany named Sudetenland. You used this anecdote in order to refer to Iran. The logic is that appeasement of tyrants is just foolish.

“The concessions to Hitler only emboldened the Nazi regime and facilitated its conquest of Europe. Rather than choosing a path that might have prevented war, or at the very least limited its scope and its scale, those well-intentioned leaders made a wider war inevitable and far more costly.”

Well, you know, Israel is also receiving a whole lot of concessions on resolutions and international laws that it is simply being allowed to not comply with, and it’s not exactly leading to peace. But let’s get back to your speech and Iran, the supposed “Nazis”.

Ah, but “Iran is not Nazi Germany”, you noted. So what are the differences, Netanyahu?

“There are many differences between the two. Well, for one, one advocated a master race, the other advocates a master faith”.

So what you’re saying is, that whilst the Nazis were about race supremacy, Iran is about religious supremacy, right?

But Netanyahu, your state, the Jewish State, actually applies both aspects: a racial aspect entitling only Jews to national rights, and a religious attachment to the sense of “Jewish”. That’s a problem too.

Sorry for interrupting! Go on.

“Jews in Iran are not sent to the gas chambers.” 

Certainly not, Netanyahu. In fact, even CNN noted three years ago (when you were trying to destroy the Iran deal at the US Congress), that the Ayatollah Khomeini had “issued a fatwa, a religious decree, saying that Iranian Jews were different to those in Israel and should be considered an integral part of the Islamic Republic”.  

So Jews are actually protected in Iran. The Iranian regime is clearly anti-Zionist, but that doesn’t mean they’re anti-Semitic. Of course, you wouldn’t mention that, it’s a bit too complex for your simplistic message. But go on.

“And there are obviously many other differences… But there are also some striking similarities. Iran openly declares its intention to annihilate Israel with its six million Jews.”

OK stop there. I get it, the Holocaust card. But do they actually seek to annihilate six million Jews in Israel?

Let’s check it out. You know Netanyahu, the statements of Iranian leaders are often, actually quite systematically, mistranslated. I’m sure you’ll agree that one of the more vitriolic leaders was Ahmadinejad – but even there, his statements were being quite egregiously mistranslated. Professor Virginia Tilley wrote a piece on this, titled “Putting Words in Ahmadinejad’s Mouth”.

Tilley writes:

The most infamous quote, “Israel must be wiped off the map”, is the most glaringly wrong. In his October 2005 speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad never used the word “map” or the term “wiped off”. According to Farsi-language experts like Juan Cole and even right-wing services like MEMRI, what he actually said was “this regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”

What did he mean? In this speech to an annual anti-Zionist conference, Mr. Ahmadinejad was being prophetic, not threatening. He was citing Imam Khomeini, who said this line in the 1980s (a period when Israel was actually selling arms to Iran, so apparently it was not viewed as so ghastly then). Mr. Ahmadinejad had just reminded his audience that the Shah’s regime, the Soviet Union, and Saddam Hussein had all seemed enormously powerful and immovable, yet the first two had vanished almost beyond recall and the third now languished in prison. So, too, the “occupying regime” in Jerusalem would someday be gone. His message was, in essence, “This too shall pass.”

So you might think I’m being semantic, Netanyahu. Because I’m pointing out that Iranian leaders are basically expressing a wish for regime change. Do you find that strange, Netanyahu? After all, in the last paragraph of your talk, you said this:

I am convinced that one day this [Iranian] regime will fall, and when it does, the great peace between the ancient Jewish people and the ancient Persian people will flourish once again.

Netanyahu, that’s just about a mirror-statement to the one from Khomeini and Ahmadinejad.

You brought in a piece of metal from the downed Iranian drone. I know, it’s a visual trick to make us pay attention. I don’t know whether that was better than your ridiculous bomb-cartoon presentation at the UN in 2012. You addressed the Iranian Foreign Minister directly:

Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should. It’s yours. You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran: Do not test Israel’s resolve.

Ooh, scary. An Iranian-produced drone has supposedly entered Israeli airspace (never mind that the Golan is actually occupied Syrian territory). What about the American-produced airplanes that have repeatedly bombed Syria in the past years? And how silly would you think it would be, if Assad for example referred to the American-produced F-16 that was downed and told the Americans “don’t test our resolve”? Yes, Syria has an alliance with Iran, like you have an alliance with US.

Why does the Iranian regime deny its people hope and respect by jailing journalists and activists? 

Well, why do you deny Palestinians hope by jailing children, as well as journalists and activists – even ones who are Israeli citizens?

You complain about Iranian executions. I agree, that should stop. But are you really going to stop the systematic extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, and is it going to have any consequence that even non-Jewish citizens can be extrajudicially executed, as in the case of Yaqub Musa Al-Qia’an, during the ethnic cleansing of his Israeli Bedouin village no less?

And if we’re speaking about executions, let’s speak about Saudi Arabia. That’s one of the biggest executioners in the world, and it employs beheading. In October, Amnesty International reported that “since July 2017, the Saudi Arabian government has been on an execution spree with an average of five people put to death per week”. Sometimes, the death penalty is used against political protests. And how do you feel about Saudi Arabia then, Netanyahu?

Now, there has been one positive consequence of Iran’s growing aggression in the region. It’s brought Arabs and Israelis closer together as never before.

Yes, we know. The media tells us it’s an “open secret” that the Israel-Saudi relations are flourishing, and have in fact been going on with direct meetings for “at least five years”. NBC reports, “Israel’s intelligence and transportation minister, Yisrael Katz, called on Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to invite Netanyahu to Riyadh to establish full diplomatic relations”. This is the same Katz who called for “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leaders, specifically Omar Barghouti. Katz would understand the Saudis very well… NBC also quotes Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman urging “full diplomatic and economic relations” with Arab states. Lieberman can understand the Saudis very well. He, too, has called for the beheading of “disloyal” Palestinians (as well as for their drowning in the Dead Sea, which is admittedly an option the Saudis do not possess).  

But all that aside, you’re trying to prevent a Holocaust, is what I get from you. 

We will never forget and we will never allow the rewriting of the historical truth.

Never mind that you rewrote history yourself on precisely that chapter, blaming Hitler’s ‘final solution’ on the Palestinian Grand Mufti. You even repeated your point in Hebrew:

“We will not forget; we will not forgive; we will always fight for the truth.”

And now you’re telling us that it’s about the threat of a global Holocaust:  

“Because once armed with nuclear weapons, Iran’s aggression will be unchecked and it will encompass the entire world. Look at what they are doing now, before they have nuclear weapons. Imagine what they will do later if G-d forbid they’ll have them.”

Hey, wait a second. Israel fits in that box. It has nuclear weapons (can I say that already?). And look what Israel does when it has them. We don’t even need to imagine. Children in Gaza are massacred anyway– with 1-ton bombs. And yes, the fact of nuclear capacity has a deterrent effect upon anyone who would try to keep Israel in check. After all, you keep inculcating the world with the notion that you can “go mad”, “go wild”, “go crazy” and so on .

So Netanyahu, I’m not really convinced. You seem desperate to me, but I’m wondering about your motives, whether they are actually that sincere. I’m thinking that all this rhetoric might also somehow be related to your corruption scandals, and that it is a means of diverting attention from them.

I must say I’m a bit worried about what you might end up doing. Because leaders like you, who are that desperate, may just start a war and go a bit ‘wild’, now that all hell seems to be breaking loose on them.

Jonathan Ofir

Israeli musician, conductor and blogger / writer based in Denmark.

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  1. Paranam Kid on February 22, 2018, 12:00 pm

    Jonathan, a brilliant write-up. I just wish you could tell all this to Netanyahu’s face. The sickening reality is that the scoundrel gets away with it, convincing the EU, US, and other countries that the crap he is shooting is reality.

    • Misterioso on February 23, 2018, 10:57 am


      “Netanyahu’s Confidant Turns Against Him, Makes Deal to Turn Over Evidence”
      Truthdig, Feb. 22/18 by Emily Wells

      With links to The Economist:

      And Haaretz:

      “Shlomo Filber, a confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been arrested in a corruption investigation and reached a deal with police on Tuesday to turn over evidence against Netanyahu in exchange for a lighter sentence. Under the deal, Filber, who formerly served as director general of the Communications Ministry under Netanyahu, will not serve jail time.

      “On Feb. 13, police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption investigations. Five days later, police brought in eight suspects for questioning in another corruption probe. One was Filber; another was Shaul Elovitch, a friend of Netanyahu’s and chairman of Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecom company.”

      • genesto on February 23, 2018, 12:32 pm

        Those who long for the removal of Bibi should, along with those who long for the removal of Donald Trump, think long and hard about it. Would you prefer Avigdor Lieberman or Naftali Bennett in Israel, or Mike Pence in the US? The consequences could, actually, be much worse for both countries.

        Then again, if this hastens the demise of both of these despicable regimes, maybe that’s a good thing!

      • Misterioso on February 23, 2018, 2:42 pm


        For the record:

        “Dear Netanyahu: Radical Zionists Like You Cannot Survive”

        Huffington Post, Feb. 24/16, by Alon Ben-Meir, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, NYU
        “A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu”

        “Demographically, the country is facing a grave danger. The number of Israelis emigrating from Israel is roughly equal to the number of those who immigrate to Israel. Nearly one million Israelis, representing 13 percent of the population, emigrated from Israel in the past 20 years. Several polls consistently show that given the opportunity, 30 percent of Israelis would consider leaving the country, mainly for economic reasons and the lack of a prospect of ending the debilitating conflict with the Palestinians. In particular, the immigration of young American and European Jews to Israel is consistently trending downward.”

      • RoHa on February 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

        “Those who long for the removal of Bibi …”

        So we are moving from Rolls (“there’d soon come another”) to Belloc.
        “Always keep a-hold of nurse
        For fear of finding something worse.”

  2. eljay on February 22, 2018, 1:18 pm

    Iran openly declares its intention to annihilate Israel with its six million Jews.

    And its two million non-Jews. Shame on Mr. Netanyahu – the leader of the state of Israel – for caring so little about the fate of two million of his nation’s citizens.

    I am convinced that one day this [Iranian] regime will fall, and when it does, the great peace between the ancient Jewish people and the ancient Persian people will flourish once again.

    That’ll be quite the feat, seeing as how ancient Jewish people and ancient Perisan people do not exist today and won’t exist in the future.

    • amigo on February 22, 2018, 2:28 pm

      ” I am convinced that one day this [Iranian] regime will fall” Nietnayhu

      So , he wants to wipe Iran off the map.

      • genesto on February 23, 2018, 12:33 pm

        No, he wants US to do it for him!!

      • Misterioso on February 23, 2018, 2:45 pm


        “No, he wants US to do it for him!!”

        However, the U.S. will not do it for him!!
        The U.S. does not want a war in the Gulf.

  3. Brewer on February 22, 2018, 2:13 pm

    “Why does the Iranian regime deny its people hope and respect by jailing journalists and activists? “
    There were massive protests in both for and against the Iranian Government in Iran recently.
    To the best of my knowledge, no-one was jailed for simply protesting.

    “You complain about Iranian executions. “
    This is a bit more tricky, it being difficult to prove a negative but I can say that the much vaunted tale of two gays being hanged from cranes was put about by Mujaheddin El Kalq through their IranFocus site as an execution for being gay. In fact they were hanged for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 13 year old boy.

    Close examination of the Iranian system reveals it to be a one of competing power centers elected by universal franchise with a high percentage of participating adults over 18. Much higher than the less than the roughly 50% that participate in most Western democracies. In short, it is possibly more democratic than the oligarchic system in the U.S. You can criticise it if you will but independent polls consistently reveal a far higher percentage of voter satisfaction with their government than is found in most Western so-called democracies.

    Incidentally, I watched this fascinating documentary by Adam Curtis (of “The Power of Nightmares” fame) last night. It is somewhat relevant:
    Netanyahu’s speech is directed at those who have been convinced by the false propaganda that emanates from…….Israel.

  4. Ossinev on February 22, 2018, 2:42 pm

    Excellent summation Jonathan of another pantomime standard performance from the number one Zionist Drama Queen. There should of course be a reminder as and when of the simple fact that this goon together with his fellow Zionist goons claim to be outraged at the possibility of nuclear weapon proliferation in Iran all the time playing the demure who would think such a thing when asked about their own nuclear weapons stocks as well as refusing to sign up to the international NPT.

    “And its two million non-Jews. Shame on Mr. Netanyahu – the leader of the state of Israel – for caring so little about the fate of two million of his nation’s citizens”
    As we both know it is implicit JudoZio policy never to refer to their Untermenschen Arab citizenry other than to quote them as a convoluted defence against accusations of Apartheid.

    As for the Yahoo he is is looking a lot older and worn at the edges what with the looming corruption charges , the younger generation of ZioFascists scrambling to claim his spot and the soon to be ex Empress of Israel snapping at his heels.

    • genesto on February 23, 2018, 12:35 pm

      The old Fear Monger in Chief, Bibi, never fails to deliver!

  5. on February 22, 2018, 5:08 pm

    The height of hypocrisy delivered by a dull-witted racist criminal – Thanks Jonathan for making that crystal clear. Hoping it was also clear to the audience that had to sit through that crap.


  6. Maghlawatan on February 23, 2018, 12:56 am

    Syria is now a client state of Iran and Russia . There are Iranian soldiers on the border with the Golan.

    • echinococcus on February 23, 2018, 8:26 am

      Syria is now a client state of Iran and Russia

      Thank Zeus for that. Otherwise it would long have been one more wasteland guarded by the usual American and Zionist murderers.

      There are Iranian soldiers on the border with the Golan

      Border of Syria with its own province the Golan? What exactly do you mean? Did you already complete the annexation on behalf of Netanyahoo & Co?

      • Maghlawatan on February 23, 2018, 1:25 pm

        the Golan is Syrian. Unfortunately as of yet there are no Iranian soldiers on the Israeli border

    • festus on February 23, 2018, 10:47 am

      It’s either that or get slaughtered and occupied for the Greater Israel Project.

    • genesto on February 23, 2018, 12:36 pm

      You mean like the US is a client state of Israel?

  7. JimMichie on February 23, 2018, 8:55 am

    Yet again, the Middle East’s fascist, racist, foaming-at-the-mouth madman spews his galactic hypocrisy, when the whole world knows that rogue “nation” Zionist Israel has amassed over the past 30 years a nuclear arsenal upwards of 200 hydrogen, neutron and atomic warheads; and continues to refused to sign on to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty! So much for “democracy”!

  8. James Canning on February 23, 2018, 5:36 pm

    Netanyahu is fully aware Iran will accept Israel within its “1967” borders, if this is acceptable to the Palestinians. His outrageous claim Iran wants to eliminate the entire population of Israel is of course total rubbish.

  9. Keith on February 23, 2018, 6:14 pm

    For those interested, I provide a link to a Norman Finkelstein interview on Gaza which is based upon his research for his new book and is quite informative. He is very passionate. He makes the point that Gaza has been made uninhabitable yet the inhabitants are unable to flee. A truly unique situation. Link to Finkelstein interview.

  10. JosephA on February 23, 2018, 10:16 pm

    Benjamin Milikewski at his finest.

  11. StanleyHeller on February 24, 2018, 10:14 am

    I like all of this except ” Yes, Syria has an alliance with Iran, like you have an alliance with US. ” Don’t gloss over the fact that the Iranian regime willfully has an alliance with a murderous mafia state. Israelis can see what Assad and the Iranians (and the Russians) are doing to Syrians. It counts for much more than analyzing what Ahmadinejad said or meant many years ago.

    • annie on February 24, 2018, 12:31 pm

      Don’t gloss over the fact that the Iranian regime willfully…..Israelis can see what Assad and the Iranians (and the Russians) are doing to Syrians.

      there are lots of syrians who support the sovereignty of their state, assad and the syrian army, who prefer assad over an islamic caliphate. “don’t gloss over the fact” of what SA/US/IS regimes and their alliances are doing to syria.

      • Mayhem on February 25, 2018, 7:43 am

        If as Robbins suggests the choice is just between an islamic caliphate and Assad that goes to show that Syria has been destroyed as a viable modern state. That has always been a side-show to the main event involving Israel, despite the fact that the scale of the two conflicts are orders of magnitude apart.

  12. gamal on February 24, 2018, 8:09 pm

    ” let’s speak about Saudi Arabia”

    absolutely hey Ofir do you know hamed zamani the Iranian emo star, USA , sure let’s mention them but Ofir lets not forget to mention ourselves, we as well have a lot to answer for….

    • Kaisa of Finland on February 25, 2018, 12:39 am

      Gamal, you made me remember this video.. It was made more than 3 years ago, but has anything gotten better, or has it all just gone worse.. ??

  13. Mayhem on February 25, 2018, 7:26 am

    Ofir, actually I’m wondering about your motives. You pay lip-service to what the Iranian regime is doing to destroy the economic fabric of its own society and the welfare of it own people as its leaders spend big on their hegemonic ambitions. What is going on in Iran is almost irrelevant compared to your pet hate. You play the cheap game of deflection. You resort to cheap shots at Netanyahu suggesting he would use Iran as foil for the corruption scandals he is facing, when Netanyahu has been speaking out aloud about Iran for a very long time before the scandals took hold.
    You suggest that the alliance that Syria has with Iran is just as valid as the alliance of Israel with US. Your perverse view of the Middle East where all that is going on that reeks of medieval brutality can be overlooked because Israel is your enemy number one demonstrates the lack of morality in your position. You conveniently forget about the manoeuverings of Iran’s proxy Hezbollah. You stand for a cause riddled with malignant intent that ignores reality, preferring a revisionist interpretation that won’t face up to what would most likely be the consequences, if Israel were not the balancing force in the Middle East politik, that prevents the whole region from descending into a cataclysmic Islamic inferno.

    • Brewer on February 25, 2018, 2:38 pm

      Please elucidate Mayhem.
      “what the Iranian regime is doing to destroy the economic fabric of its own society”
      What exactly are they doing?
      ” their hegemonic ambitions”
      What are they and where are they evidenced?
      “the alliance that Syria has with Iran is just as valid as the alliance of Israel with US”
      Is there some reason why it is not equally “valid”?
      “if Israel were not the balancing force in the Middle East politik, that prevents the whole region from descending into a cataclysmic Islamic inferno”
      From where I sit, this is a blatant inversion of fact. Please support it with Historical evidence.

    • John O on February 26, 2018, 2:28 am

      Iran destroying the economic fabric of its own society? In your dreams:

      • Mayhem on February 27, 2018, 5:05 pm

        @John O, it’s generally a good idea to read what you post to make sure you aren’t shooting yourself in the foot.
        “That’s a big worry for a country that has lately faced nationwide street protests largely blamed by most observers on growing economic hardship, particularly in the provinces.”

      • Brewer on February 28, 2018, 3:25 pm

        Y’mean like these tens of thousands protesting?:
        Oh. Hang on a minute mate, those are the huge pro government demonstrations in response to the West-sponsored “Green” protests..

  14. Brewer on February 26, 2018, 1:05 am

    To push Iran back, Israel ramps up support for Syrian rebels, ‘arming 7 different groups’
    With the Assad regime’s advances the civil war and America’s reduced involvement in the region, Israel has been forced to make significant changes in its policies in the Golan Heights
    Amos Harel | Feb. 21, 2018 | 2:10 PM
    Analyst Elizabeth Tsurkov, who has followed events in Syria closely for the last several years and has interviewed many rebel militiamen and residents of the Syrian Golan, published a detailed survey of developments in southern Syria in the War on the Rocks blog last week.

    Tsurkov said the scope of Israel’s involvement in southern Syria has changed in recent months in response to the regime’s successes in the civil war and Iran’s consolidation in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns about the latter on every possible occasion and has repeatedly said Israel will work to thwart it.

    According to foreign media reports, over the past few months Israel has begun carrying out airstrikes against Syrian army facilities and targets linked to Iran and its Shi’ite militias, in addition to its longstanding targeting of convoys carrying arms to Hezbollah. Tsurkov also reported on other developments taking place.

    Dozens of rebels who spoke with Tsurkov described a significant change in the amount of aid they receive from Israel. Moreover, she said at least seven Sunni rebel organizations in the Syrian Golan are now getting arms and ammunition from Israel, along with money to buy additional armaments.
    – Haaretz

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