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Dialogue With Iran -NYTimes
Naughty Abe Foxman does not even know how silly he gets at times. Look at this:"It is no accident that three quarters of Iranian Jews have fled the country and more would leave if they could." Naughty Abe FoxmanThere are 30,000 Iranian Jews in Iran. These are not European Ashkenazi Jews [Khazars] but authentic Iranian Jews. Who the hell does Naughty Abe Foxman think is stopping them from emmigrating? The only answer is life is too good for the Iranian Jews in Iran to want to leave!
Letters to the Editor
The New York Times February 23, 2009
To the Editor:
The collective message of Roger Cohen's "What Iran's Jews Say," and Ali Reza Eshragi's "Our Friend in Tehran," is that the Iranian Islamic regime is not so bad and should be dealt with on that basis (op-eds, Feb. 23).
Openness to dialogue with Iran may well be the right approach, but if the determination rests on the assessments of the regime by Cohen and Eshragi, we are in for a bumpy ride. Cohen's notion that the regime treats its Jews just fine and Eshragi's that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a man we can do business with, are exactly the wrong bases for successful dialogue.
The extremism of the Iranian government is well understood by its neighbors and goes far beyond rhetoric. It is no accident that three quarters of Iranian Jews have fled the country and more would leave if they could. It is no surprise that Cohen arrives at sweeping conclusions based on a very limited exposure to the Jews of Iran. Had he spoken with Jews in the Soviet Union in the 1970's, he may well have gotten similar comments defending the regime in power.
Ahmadinejad's threats against Israel must be taken seriously more because of Iran's actions than the words themselves. Building a nuclear weapon and underpinning the terrorism of Hezbollah and Hamas speak volumes.
It may be necessary to talk to Iran, but in doing so, we better have a clear-eyed view of the threat it poses to the Middle East and the world.
The Arab-Defamation League