What’s up with WhatsApp?

image001Grudgingly we must admit that Iran is doing quite well. Tehran’s ayatollahs had effectively managed to hoodwink the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, whose representatives are now trying to reach a final deal in New York on Iran’s nuclear ambitions before the July 20 deadline.

But in actual fact, more than Iran has managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the international coterie, the nations of the world desperately wish to be fooled.

Iran’s interlocutors prefer to believe that by a miraculous happenstance the country has transformed itself overnight from a ruthless theocracy – whose agenda inter alia includes wiping Israel off the map – to a an agreeable member of the international community.

Had self-bamboozlement not played a key role in the international attitude vis-à-vis Iran, there would have been no difficulty is seeing through the ruse and sweet talk. Thus, while International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors visited a uranium mine and a uranium-thickening facility in central Iranian towns of Ardakan and Yazd, Iran had banned access to the WhatsApp messaging site. It explained, without embarrassment or hesitation, that the move arose from the fact that WhatsApp is owned by a “Jewish American Zionist.”

This was a reference to the acquisition of WhatsApp two months ago by Facebook, whose founder is Mark Zuckerberg.  According to Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the regime’s Committee on Internet Crimes, the fact that Zuckerberg is Jewish legitimizes cracking down on a particularly popular social media site.

The astounding fact isn’t so much that Teheran’s Shiite rulers fear social networks and incite against Jews, but that the world’s democracies are so silent on any hate propaganda so long as its targets are Jews.

Even had Zuckerberg been a passionately committed Zionist that should not have been held against him. Supporting Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, ought to be a source of pride and not treated as a crime. But the fact is that while Zuckerberg is Jewish by birth, he is hardly a committed Jew.

If anything, this goes to the heart of contemporary Judeophobia.

A Jew is hated not for what he does or what he espouses but for his parentage. A Jew can be totally assimilated and fail to significantly identify with fellow Jews and Jewish causes, but to the eyes of the enemies of the Jewish people even these days, he remains anathema for no other reason than his lineage.

We can only express dismay that the world’s most liberal governments, among them the Obama Administration, have chosen not to so much as notice the nonstop stifling of elementary freedoms in Iran and the vehement anti-Jewish pretext to which Ayatollah Khamenei’s cohorts resort for outlawing applications which the regime intends to repress.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman of Iran’s Atomic Department, maintains that by allowing the visit to the uranium extraction and refinement sites, “Iran will be able to say that the seven-agreed measures between Iran and the Agency [IAEA] have been fulfilled. Already six steps have been taken.”

This is the pose. Iran postures as an accommodating partner, oozing goodwill and the international powers, seeking to strike a bargain with it, are only too happy to pretend right along that all is well on the Iranian front and that danger to the world can be avoided by easing the sanctions on Teheran.

It’s easier to make-believe that Iran is now ruled by a moderate regime, that it will indeed – as per its promises – redesign its Arak heavy water reactor (to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can produce) and that it will dilute half of its 20 percent enriched uranium. Yet all these seeming Iranian concessions, if indeed made, are eminently reversible and will only delay the manufacture of an Iranian nuclear bomb.

The true test for Iranian intentions shouldn’t be sought in the self-serving promises of its nuclear negotiators but in other spheres – including the denial of rudimentary liberties to the Iranian population and the ongoing unmitigated expressions of hate toward all Jews no matter where and who they are.

4 thoughts on “What’s up with WhatsApp?

  1. Dear Sarah, I would like to propose that you write what I cannot do as well as you, something that has been in my thoughts for sometime. This article which you wrote, somehow proves my point!!! We stupid westerners & Ashkanazim have not got a clue as how to deal with the Mizrahi mind; your article proves this!

    So far all the negotiations with the so called Palestinians, by everyone who have undertaken the task, have landed in a no go situation. Remember when Begin was to meet Sadat, he wanted to bring Dr. Moshe Sharon to the meeting, Sadat said if you bring him, do not come. Why?- because Sharon knows the Arab mind!!

    Today, we have persons like Dr. Mordechai Keidar, who can talk & think Arabic better than the best of them, can use their ploys to sink them, can outshout them.

    The Mizrachim are the people to send to talks with our near neighbours in order to get some sense into their stupid heads. Keidar has another theory as to dealing with the end of our 2 state solution & he is sure of the success. That is if the heads of Government allow themselves to trust a Mizrahi!!!

    Trusting that I have not wasted your time.

    S. Gelgor.[another Palestinian]

    Sarah Honig posted: “Grudgingly we must admit that Iran is doing quite well. Tehran’s ayatollahs had effectively managed to hoodwink the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, whose representatives are now trying to reach a final deal in New York on Iran’s nuclear am”

  2. Iran IS the MOST DANGEROUS state and sponsor of terrorism on this planet !
    ISRAEL MUST TAKE OUT IT’S ILLEGAL NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS !
    It can be done and the time is NOW, to remove that most dangerous existential threat for the existence of the Jewish state and it’s people.
    REMOVE THE THREAT OF THE NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST NOW !!!

  3. Sarah implies that the true test of a nation’s trustworthiness is its attitude towards the Jews. This has been axiomatic throughout history, but only a very few have paid attention. But you couldn’t get most world leaders, especially Barack Obama, to read a history book, even if Valerie Jarrett tucks him in and leaves it on his night stand. How many Jews are left in Iran? A hundred, perhaps? Mostly indigent old people, probably. So if western leaders are victims of “Self bamboozlement”, who will stop Iran, once it goes nuclear? The United States(aka “The Great Satan”)? Americans lead the world in their capacity for self-deception, so the US will suffer another 9/11, on a larger scale, before reality hits home. That leaves Israel, home of the brave. What is Israel prepared to do?

  4. Dear oh dear, you must be twitching Sarah, the world is so blind its hard to believe that, considering the evidence to the contrary, they are still sleepwalking into this nuclear compromise with Iran, keep blowing your horn, you have been correct all along, hopefully they will listen, but I fear it will only be after the first launch has happened…take care….

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