By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat

'Rabbi Ovadia Yosef' The Spiritual Leader of Israel's Shas Party

Iran's President greeted by an anti-Zionist

Short answer. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad did NOT call for Israeli Jews to be annihilated. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, HAS called, more than once, for the Palestinians (and, in fact, all Arabs) to be exterminated.

As reported by the mainstream Western media, Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. What that meant, it was asserted, was the destruction, the driving into the sea, of Israel’s Jews.

What Ahmadinejad actually called for was the de-Zionization of Palestine. His actual words were to the effect that he wanted the Zionist state to disappear as the Soviet Union had done. In other words, there would be a place in a de-Zionized Palestine for all Jews who wanted to stay and live in peace with their fellow Arab citizens.

As has been widely and accurately reported, Rabbi Yosef called on 27 August for the Palestinian Authority, its President Mahmoud Abbas and “all these evil people” (the occupied and oppressed Palestinians) to “perish from this world.” How was this to happen? “God should strike them with a plague.”

And what if God doesn’t act in the way Rabbi Yosef wishes?

He gave his own answer to that in 2001 when his subject was the Arabs. He said: “It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You (the Israeli government and the IDF) must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.”

But let us give credit where credit is due. Rabbi Yosef, unlike most others in Israel’s political, military and spiritual leadership, is being honest. I mean only that he dares to say in public what he really thinks.

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.

His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition.  He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.

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  1. Rehmat on the 31. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    To put it simply – one is Zionist racist Talmudic rabbi – and the other is a Muslim academic and politician.


  2. Rehmat on the 31. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    I wonder if Barack Obama will like to hear the views of an American Christian priest.


  3. Dana on the 31. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Hart: “Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map””.

    No he did not. Ahmadinejad said, citing Imam Khomeini, that “this regime occupying Jerusalem must [vanish from] the page of time”. No ‘wiping’, anywhere.

    Moreover, there is ample reason to believe that, in the context of Ahmadinejad’s speech, the word ‘must’ was to be understood in a passive sense, as in ‘the Zionist entity is bound to disappear’, eventually.

    Meanwhile, genocide proponent Rabbi Yosef is a perfect demonstration of what Ahmadinejad meant: self destruction of the ‘Zionist entity’ through unspeakably violent ideology, purpose and acts.

  4. Dawoodi Morkas on the 01. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    The more the Western Media tries to drown President Ahmadinejad in to controversy of one or the other kind the more the world becomes aware of the hidden quality this gentleman possesses.

    He is simple and astute in his determination. The foremost of which is not to bow before the tyrants of the world the USA, EU and their infamous lacky, Israel.

    Not only Rabbi Yousef, but many in the world living in hostile territories, that is hostile to Iran are now really understanding that there is some thing wrong in the pie being cooked in the White house by the Chief Chef Israel.

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