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September 3, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

September 3, 2012 | 1:15 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking during a visit to the country's nuclear facility in Natanz. (Photo: Reuters)

In-depth

Ahmadinejad vs. Israel, Palestine – and Iran

The Islamist regime in Iran will sacrifice everything to destroy Israel, writes George Jochnowitz in Algemeiner

Sanctions, shmanctions, say Iran’s leaders.  Ahmadinejad, time and again, has spoken of wiping Israel off the map.  If moderate Rafsanjani was not afraid of retaliation, no matter how severe, extremist Ahmadinejad certainly has no fears.  Would he sacrifice the lives of tens of millions of Iranians in order to destroy Israel and all its people—Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druse, Bahai and African animist?  Of course he would.  Could Iran gain anything by this action?  Of course not.  “Virtue”—dying in a jihad while killing Jews—takes precedence over practicality.

 

The Iranian Pressure Cooker

Joshua Mitkin of the Jewish Week looks at how Israelis are dealing with the likelihood of war with Iran. 

Indeed, even with the steady stream of war chatter, there are little outward signs of anxiety in Tel Aviv. There has been no crush of Israelis demanding gas masks. Klein Halevi said this owes to Israelis’ tendency to cope with threats by living in the present. But [analyst Yossi] Melman said that bystanders and acquaintances approach him, inquiring about the possibility of war.


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