On #Purim, Israel’s Prime Minister needs to learn Jewish history

First he told Putin during his recent visit to Moscow and now in a new video message Israel’s Prime Minister states that in Purim, the “Persians” wanted to kill us and now the “Persians” still want to kill us.

Netanyahu seems to be ignorant about Jewish history:

  • Haman who wanted to kill the Jews in the story of Purim was not a Persian. He was an Agagtie. Had Prime Minister Netanyahu bothered to read the book of Esther he would have seen that Haman is clearly refereed to as an “Agagi”.
  • Xerxus I the King of Persia was not aware that Haman the Agagite wanted to destroy Persia’s Jewish community. Had Prime Minister Netanyahu bothered to read the book of Esther he would have seen that Haman was hiding his evil plan from him. And once he found out, Xerxus I the King of Persia, saved the Jews and had Haman the Agagite killed instead. So the King of Persia saved the Jewish community, in direct contrast to what Netanyahu has stated.

No one is saying there has never been antisemitism in Iran’s history. There has. But Persians are proud of their history, just as Israelis are. And many of them are finding Netanyahu labeling the entire Persian race as antisemites who want to kill Jews as repulsive, and this deteriorates relations between the two people. Its also very wrong. The current regime in Iran has a far more so called Islamic character than Persian. And lets not forget that on many occasions Persians also saved Jews. 

The same goes for Netanyahu’s twisted interpretation of the Purim story which many Iranians are finding wrong and repulsive. If anything, with such defamatory accusations, Netanyahu is providing free service to Ayatollah Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards who want to turn Iran’s population into Israel’s enemies.

Israel’s problem is with the Iranian regime which hosts Holocaust cartoon competitions and repeatedly calls for Israel’s destruction and not with “Persians”. “Persians” don’t want to kill Jews. Majority of Persians and other Iranians just want to feed their families and to improve relations with the outside world, in direct contrast to the regime in Tehran policies and Netanyahu’s portrayal of them.