by Felix Quigley
January 14, 2009
I refer our readers to 2 very important posts, part 1 and part 2 on INN
“Iranians are pro Israel”
This is an extract fromPart 1
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INN: You once sent me a video purportedly filmed in Tehran of a graffiti artist creating a mural celebrating Israel’s Independence Day. Do we have any hard numbers on grass-roots opposition to the Islamic regime?
Imani: First, let me thank you for the invitation. Temperamentally and historically most Iranians are pro-Israel. It’s in their genes. By that, I mean, we are the followers of Cyrus the Great and his charter. The great king practiced what he believed. He, for example, helped rebuild the Temple of Solomon which had been destroyed by the Babylonian kings and freed some 40,000 or more Jews who had been imprisoned and kept as slaves by the Babylonians, empowering the Jewish people to return to their homeland. Something that was followed by Cyrus’s heirs up to this date.
There are only a handful of Iranians, who are directly or indirectly paid by the present regime, who show enmity for Israel, but I think deep down, even they pretend and do not mean it. We have had nothing against the State of Israel or the Jews and we do not have even to this very date. We have always been protective of the Jews in Iran. That is a fact that has been proved many times over.
Sadly, the Jewish people have been used as scapegoats for many centuries by a variety of non-Jews. Regrettably, Muslims and Islamists, for their parts, have adopted scapegoating as an article of faith. The Muslims blame the Jews for all kinds of heinous things, dating back to the time of Muhammad himself.
Realistically, 80 to 90 percent of the entire population of Iran truly despise the current regime…