Rejecting Netanyahu’s Purim analogy, Javad Zarif says Iran saved Jews three times in history.
ed note–Following in the footsteps of Russia’s Putin and what he told Netanyahu when they met last week, H.E. Zarif makes a good point here by (rightly) characterizing the Purim story as ‘fake history’ and completely irrelevant in terms of modern day events. Now if only the process can begin of deconstructing Judaism in its entirety, the only exception being possibly the first 10 words of the Old Testament (Torah) that read, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…’
A day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared between the story of the Jewish holiday of Purim and the threat posed by Iran, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif responded by accusing him of “falsifying Torah” and resorting to “fake history.”
On Saturday evening, Netanyahu tweeted a video from the ceremonial reading of the Book of Esther from his local synagogue in Cesaria. In the video, Netanyahu tells the story of Purim to young children. “In Persia, they wanted to kill us but it didn’t work,” Netanyahu said. “Today, too, Persians are trying to destroy us, but today, too, it will not work.”
Netanyahu made similar comments during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. After Putin wished Jews in Israel and in Russia a happy Purim, Netanyahu told him that 2,500 years ago, ancient Persia tried to destroy the Jewish people, but failed, and that’s why Jews mark the holiday of Purim.