|Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad|
It is no secret that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a fierce hatred towards Israel and the Jewish people. However, in case you aren't aware, here are some things he has said in the past regarding the Jewish state and her citizens:
Washington wants to "save the Zionist entity, but it will not be able to do so."
"This entity (Israel) can be compared to a liver transplanted in a body that rejected it," he said. "Yes it will collapse and its end will be near."
“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury,”
“The Zionist regime will be wiped out soon the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom”
Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken. Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation."
Thanks to God, your wish will soon be realized, and this germ of corruption (Israel) will be wiped off.
"like a cancer cell that spreads through the body, this regime infects any region. It must be removed from the body,"
And there are many many more...
It is clear that Ahmadinejad is a dangerous, dangerous enemy for, not only Israel, but many Western countries around the world, and in the wake of Iran's nuclear program, the world's eyes are on both this man and his country. In the past weeks it has been said that an Israeli strike on Iran is more and more likely, and there is much talk about strikes on Iran possibly leading to a 3rd World War. I would be telling a lie if I wasn't very concerned. Ahmadinejad has made it very clear that he would love nothing more than to wipe Israel off of the map, and that fact, combined with Lebanon's (who's Hezbollah government is backed by Iran) statement that future attacks on Israel will no longer be concentrated along borders, but will go straight to Tel Aviv and other large cities, is a very scary and harsh reality that everyone living here must face.
Maybe it is because I am new to life in Israel, and maybe for other Israelis, who live everyday knowing that their neighbors would love nothing more than for them to disappear, this is all very normal, but I am finding it very hard to deal with the fact that a war in my back yard is very possible. It's also a great discomfort to know that someone as cruel and vehemently against the existence of Israel is about to obtain nuclear weapons. At this point it is looking like there is no way for Israel to stay out of this and still effectively protect her borders and her citizens.
I am no political expert, nor do I claim to be, and I hope that I am wrong in thinking that we are most likely going to war with Iran, but with everything hypothesized and said it unfortunately looks like more and more of a possibility every day. Ahmadinejad is a brilliant man and a brilliant politician (there is no denying that), and that fact combined with his hatred and terroristic values, plus the acquisition of nuclear weapons, should send sirens ringing through the whole world. At this point the only thing for us citizens to do is to wait, watch, and pray that the governments of the Western countries and countries valuing life and peace, put a stop to Ahmadinejad and his exceedingly dangerous nuclear program. In the wake of this harsh reality so many things are put into perspective, at least for me. Back home I would be reading news headlines about all of the "occupy" movements, Kim Kardashian's divorce, Michael Jackson's doctor, and so on, but here we are inundated with news of possible nuclear war, dictators that want to wipe us of the map, enemies surrounding us at every border, and so on...
I hope in the coming weeks things begin to settle down, but I will be glued to the news and praying that this does not become the start of WWIII.
Things like this reinforce that you must live for today because tomorrow may bring tragedy. Enjoy every moment of peace and work everyday to ensure that peace remains. That is what I hope to do!
Aside from that the apartment is coming together nicely, and school is starting to pick up. With all of the work I am doing I better be a Middle East expert by the end of these two years!
Ma As-salame ya habibs,