Putin To Netanyahu: “Don’t Judge Iran On A 5th Century B.C Legend”

PRESS TV    Posted Fri., Mar.10, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop adopting hostile policies against Iran based on a legend in “the fifth century B.C.,” instead of focusing on the realities on the ground.

Putin made the remarks at a Thursday meeting with Netanyahu in Moscow, during which the Israeli premier claimed ancient Persia had made a failed attempt to “destroy the Jewish people” some 2,500 years ago, a legend commemorated through the Jewish holiday of Purim, which Israel will celebrate starting Saturday night.

“Today there is an attempt by Persia’s heir, Iran, to destroy” Israel, said Netanyahu, adding that “they say this as clearly as possible and inscribe it on their ballistic missiles.”

In response, Putin described the remarks as part of a legend going back to “the fifth century B.C.” and added, “We now live in a different world. Let us talk about that now.”

The holiday of Purim commemorates the Jewish legend of a conspiracy to slaughter Jews some 2,500 years ago, which was discovered by the Persian king and thwarted. 

While scholars do not agree on the accuracy of the Purim story, Netanyahu has constantly referred to the legend as a basis of his anti-Iran arguments in his meetings with different world leaders.

In a controversial speech to the US Congress in March 2015, Netanyahu repeated his own account of the Purim story and claimed, “Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif responded shortly after the speech. “If you read the book of Esther, you will see that it was the Iranian king who saved the Jews,” he said. 

Zarif was apparently referring to Persian King Ahasverous who discovered his viceroy’s conspiracy and had him executed, according to Jewish accounts.

Netanyahu has also been selective in his recount of history, ignoring the Hebrew Bible that has repeatedly praised Persian King Cyrus the Great (576 – 530 BC) as the patron and deliverer of the Jews, who put an end to their Babylonian captivity.

Iran has one of the world’s largest Jewish communities. Under the Iranian constitution, the country’s Jews are represented in the parliament.

In March 2016, Iranian Jewish MP Ciamak Morsadegh said following his election, “The fact is, Iran is a place where Jews feel secure and we are happy to be here.” 

“We are proud to be Iranian. I know this doesn’t follow the Zionist script, but this is the reality,” he told the British daily The Independent.  

He further said, “Netanyahu  and the anti-Semites need each other: they supply each other with what they need – intolerance and hatred.”

Source:   http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/03/10/513747/Iran-Israel-Russia-Putin-Netanyahu-Haman-Persia-Purim-Cyrus

About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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