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  1. Dear Richard ,
    this OPORTUNISTS are everywere especially at farsi speaking satelite channels like BBC-persian or VOA-persian The BBC started some time ago to engage more of them directly in iran via the internet. The BBC offered special jornalist teaching classes in turky…..it was so obvious that even the iranian tv started to talk about the topic.
    This is a very special kind of pervert warfare and we saw and still see the peak level in syria were people kill eachother and rape the state in the name of freedom and democracy (like in lybia).

  2. I have known Meir for many years nearly 20 and met him at Salford University before he went on to Lancaster University which does have an excellent reputation in the UK. I also know his passion for politics and his specialism of the middle east especially Iran. Whilst I do not always agree with his viewpoints as I find him too left wing, he is always informed and genuine, and always makes time to listen to all viewpoints.

    1. @Jason Douglas: Lancaster has an “excellent reputation?” Can you quantify that in some meaningful way? What is its ranking on academic surveys? What is it known for, if anything? Why is it that I’ve never heard of it (& I’ve followed UK universities for a long time)?

      “Specialism of the middle east??”–did you learn to speak English at Salford too? And what grades did you get there?

        1. @Bob Mann: I spent 12 years in academia including 8 yrs as a grad student & have followed academic discourse ever since & have never ever heard “specialism” used. The word much more commonly used is “specialization” or “academic specialty.” It’s either a UK English usage or so rare as to be almost unknown.

          As for Lancaster’s ranking, you’ve merely quoted Lancaster’s own web page bragging of its ranking. I wouldn’t trust its interpretation without actually reviewing the individual rankings they cite. However, a friend born and raised in the UK told me he believes it’s in the top 20 in England, which does make it a better school than I’d realized. Therefore, I’ve changed my characterization of Lancaster in the post to reflect this.

      1. I fully agree with Mr Silverstein. Mr Javendanfar is an opportunist with very meager academic credentials.
        Regardless of the fact that he is pals with Israeli intelligence community, his actual arguments are very often weak and badly constructed.

  3. Mr. Silverstein, you sure have a great deal of things to say about someone you refere to as an opportunist. What I really want to know from you is how do you see the situation regarding Iran and its leaders.

  4. It seems like Richard is jealous that Meir manages to get respect from many media outlets since he speaks so many languages among them Spanish,Farsi,English,Hebrew while Richard is the typical Elitist jewish Gringo who tries to humilliate Meir based on his education and CV? Richard gets his info on Meir from a google search.

    1. @Jaco: Actually, I spent many hours researching Javedanfar’s background.

      I would not begrudge him his recognition if it was legitimately earned.

      What use is it to know so many languages if he lies to his readers in every one of them?

  5. Wow. I mean, for a guy who supposedly has no credentials it certainly took a long time to rattle off all his credentials.

  6. These opportunists are in a row boat with one oar. They repeat the same arguments, rowing faster and faster on the same side, and spin only in circles.

    One hole in their boat and to the bottom they sink.

  7. These opportunists are in a row boat with one oar. They repeat the same arguments, rowing faster and faster on the same side, and spin only in circles.

    One hole in their boat and to the bottom they sink.

    1. @ The Mighty Cynic
      Haha, and when I asked you whether you were the same person as “Persian Advocate”, you answered no (well, “Persian Advocate” answered no).
      Strange you’ve just posted exactly the same comment two minutes after him….

      1. We’re two different people, but we work together on political issues and he asked me to find out why his posts weren’t coming through here as his just disappeared after hitting submit. So, I copied and pasted it for him. My other name is Prometheus.

        1. @The Mighty Cynic I want to be very clear. Comment rules insist that commenters comment under only ONE name. If I discover that one person is commenting using more than one ID, I will cancel that person’s comment privileges. I’ve had several commenters victimize this blog by adopting widely divergent personnas & don’t take kindly to multiple identities. If this is what you’ve done, decide which ID you want to retain & retire the other.

        2. @ The Mighty Cynic
          Yeah, of course….. “Persian Advocate” asked you to find out, you copied and pasted etc, all that in only TWO MINUTES ! Your ‘working together on political issues’ must be a very close collaboration, maybe sharing the same chair and computer ? And you just happen to have exactly the same ideas, and style of writing.
          Even a average Hasbarista would do better than that.

          1. A-HA! You have discovered a whole: nothing. It’s the digital age. We communicate through Facebook.

  8. Kudos to Mr. Silverstein to expose another clownish “analyst” on the Mossad payroll at their “college” in Israel.
    And it is so true that among the millions of Iranian expats worldwide and more than one million (the most educated immigrant group) in U.S., these controlled MSM and “think tanks” provide so many platforms to such un-educated, dishonest and fanatical opportunists.

  9. “Lancaster has an “excellent reputation?” Can you quantify that in some meaningful way? What is its ranking on academic surveys? What is it known for, if anything?”
    From Wikipedia: “Lancaster expanded rapidly and now has the 11th highest research quality[7] in the UK and is the 16th highest ranking research institution according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise.[8] The university has an annual income of £180 million,[1] 3,025 staff and 12,525 students. Along with the universities of Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York, Lancaster is a member of the N8 Group of research universities. Lancaster was ranked 7th in the 2013 Guardian University Guide,[9] 9th in the 2013 Complete University Guide,[10] 8th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Table,[11] and 9th in the 2012 Good University Guide.[12] It was also ranked 124th internationally in The World University Rankings 2011[13] 153rd in the 2011 QS World University Rankings,[14] and 9th best university in the world under 50 years old.[15]”
    I know nothing about this Javedanfar character but Lancaster is not an “undistinguished provincial school” – I know because I studied there!

    1. @Bernard g: You perhaps were a brilliant student & no doubt Lancaster produces other brilliant students. But if Meir Javedanfar is any reflection of the product that Lancaster’s international relations program turns out, it does not deserve a sterling reputation. As I mentioned to Bob, I’ve modified my description of Lancaster to reflect the higher ranking than I’d suspected when I first wrote the post.

  10. Hi Richard

    I am glad you have modified your comments about Lancaster University, now to Meir. I have debated with Meir on numerous occassions. Whilst my English is not as perfect as it can be, and if you were looking at my qualifications in the middle east area then your comments would be fair. Meir has always been academic and fair to all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian discussions and discourse. Given his family background and where he has come from he has done very well to achieve what he has and should be considered an inspirational character rather than suffering from personal attacks from yourself. I have seen nothing from you off substance criticizing Meirs opinions, there is alot of archive on television and radio that can be listened too and I would suggest some more research.

    On a final note I would suggest that you investigate his background further to alter your opinions, in a similar way facts changed your new found admiration for Lancaster University.

    1. @Jason: I didn’t say I “appreciated” Lancaster Univ. Only that I underestimated its academic ranking and wanted to correct my mistake. Lancaster is clearly not in the first rank of UK universities, which is likely why someone like him could be accepted. But it is a reputable school nevertheless.

      Similarly, my attack on Javedanfar is not at all personal. It is purely couched in a political and academic context. Once again, I urge, even dare any of his supporters to point out a fact that is wrong or misinterpreted. I’ve been asking for this from critics from the moment I published. Even Javedanfar doesn’t engage with a single charge or claim in my post. This is an indication that his position is really indefensible. If it was, he would’ve marshalled a defense or had one of his acolytes do so.

      Of course, I criticized Javedanfar’s opinions. Did you miss my attack on his Guardian piece and its numerous errors both of fact, interpretation & attribution. Also, read Nima Shirazi’s even more detailed evisceration which is linked. Nima did such a good job, I didn’t need to repeat his work.

  11. If I am not mistaken two of the criteria used in the TES’s ranking of universities have to do with the number of foreign students and that of foreign staff. It is also biased towards publications appearing in the English language academic press.The overall result is that the ranking is biased towards English language universities which have obviously greater attractions for foreign students and foreign staff. I have studied and taught at universities in the Netherlands, the UK and Australia and must say that I have found the TES’s ranking of universities I know from personal experience somewhat surprising.

  12. Mr. Silverston,
    If you make a gross mistake on standing of a University as Lancaster that could be looked up with few keystrokes so easily and does not need even a research and trash it’s standing in order to trash Meir, then denigrate another person for the use of the term “specialism”,
    How can the rest of your research be trusted ( pardon us if my English is not as good of yours!)
    There are so many other holes in your assessment and your tactics are nothing better than the tactics of Islamic Regime’s “Ghods” or Keyhan of IRI

  13. I know many people who studied under Meir and only have positive things to say.

    These people range from Academics, to foreign dignitaries, Bachelors, Masters and Ph.d students.

    You may have done your homework but you never sat in his classroom.

    First hand accounts are weighted much more strongly then Wiki-searches and making your own self serving connections.

    1. It’s hardly likely academics, MA or PhD students would “study with” Javedanfar since he teaches a single basic course at IDC. If you mean “study” in the most informal context then I suppose anyone could study with him. But such study would have no academic rigor or credentials.

      Your “first hand account” has very little weight I’m afraid since it appears you share his ideological convictions, which themselves are suspect & undermine his own credibility.

  14. Mr Silverstein,
    first of all, I do not understand why you would invest so much time and energy to carry out this ad hominem attack, which adds so little to the debate on Middle Eastern issues. I will not even address the question of Lancaster University’s ranking, as it is self-evident that this is not what makes a good scholar nor a good journalist. I am surprised that people are even discussing this.
    You seem to try to make the point that Mr. Javedanfar is a hawkish right-winger co-opted by Israel. First of all, if he indeed did have such view, he would be entitled to it, wouldn’t he? As his former student, however, I can guarantee that, in the private atmosphere of a 15-students class, the views he expressed were by no means those expressed by the Israeli right. In fact, he was often critical of Israeli and American policy towards Iran. He did often attack the Iranian regime, mainly because he sees it as hurting the Iranian people; but such attacks were usually well argued and supported by facts. Inter alia, I remember him very clearly stating his position against too harsh sanctions. In class, Mr. Javedanfar was always presenting multiple views on issues, and I found him to be a critical-minded but well-balanced lecturer.
    For what concerns his view on Israel, I will add that I met him once in Tel Aviv at a demonstration against the settlements.
    Having said this, I did not read his book, and I did not attend the conferences you mention. But the Meir Javedanfar you describe is very different from the one I’ve had the pleasure to know.

    1. @Jonathan: You do not understand the definition of “ad hominem.” My criticism has nothing to do with “ad hominem” and everything to do with facts and evidence. If the quality of an institution has nothing to do with what makes a good scholar or journalist then demand for places at Oxford, Cambridge & Exeter would not be higher than demand at 2nd rank institutions like Lancaster. The fact that the quality of students is better at the former schools than at Lancaster tells us that your claim is false.

      He’s not entitled to project himself as an expert on domestic Iranian politics or developments within Iran, since he clearly has no genuine sources within Iran & uses 2nd hand sources, making his own observations 3rd hand.

      As a “former student” of Javedanfar, you prove that you have a vested interest in this argument and have no independent perspective. In other words, you’re little more than a shill. Which is precisely the problem with Javedanfar in the first place. He uses cheerleaders and puffery in place of sober, balanced analysis.

      As for Javedanfar’s analysis, I said his views were those of the Israeli intelligence apparatus (which also happen to be those of the Israeli far right, since that is the nature of the current government). Can you show a single criticism that he’s levelled against Israeli policy toward Iran? I’m waiting.

      Javedanfar doesn’t “often” attack the Iranian regime, he ALWAYS attacks it. As for whether his attacks are “well reasoned,” I prefer the critiques of far better credentialed critics like Nima Shirazi and Reza Sanati, who have more expertise in this field than you or Javedanfar.

      The only distinction Javedanfar makes regarding sanctions is that he claims he opposes sanctions that prohibit importation of medicine or food. That is hardly a position that distinguishes him from the most radical right wing analysts who also make some allowances. IN fact, such limitations would still reduce common Iranians to penury & are relatively meaningless in the overall scheme of things.

      I simply do not believe Javedanfar presented “multiple views.” What constitutes diversity of views? WHich other voices did he present? I assure you he didn’t present any of the voices generally understood to be credible independent voices.

      Your endorsement of Javedanfar simply is not credible since you have not established your own bona fides as an independent, credible judge in this matter.

  15. Thats exactly my point. These students went out of their way to study with/from Meir.

    I’ll spell it out for you, since from your writing it looks like you get angry and smash on your keyboard until something half coherent comes out. People seek this man out for his educated opinion (One, two, three classes, whatever. He teaches you write self serving blog posts…should I mention you only write one blog. Does that mean you’re not even a blogger?)

    MY account has little weight? Everything you wrote in your post has been torn to shreds in the comments and by Meir’s response. You even put Lancaster in question to make your point (ludicrous on your part).

    You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. Just to let you know, its very clear to any logical reader that you’ve simply created a false reality where your judgements on pundits political credentials supersedes that of The Atlantic, HUJI, The Guardian and many more respected outlets.

    Leave it to the experts before you decide to try and ruin a mans reputation.

    1. No, your point was that academics, PhD & MA students have “studied” with him. I don’t believe this is so & would like you to prove it.

      As for my personal habits or emotions, don’t project your own weird fantasies about me into the comment threads here. Keep your contributions to substance. We don’t need or want to hear your views about me personally.

      He doesn’t teach “two” or “three” classes. He teaches a single course, period & only at one 2nd rank Israeli university.

      As for me, I publish my work widely at media outlets & publications you may never have read or heard of. I don’t teach academic courses because I, as opposed to Javedanfar, have never made a pretense that I’m an academic.

      Nothing I wrote has been torn to shreds by you, Javedanfar or anyone else. In fact, my challenge remains to find any contradiction of any fact in my piece. In fact, I’ve expanded the expose & it’s about to be published at Antiwar.com, where it will receive far wider exposure. As for Lancaster, the fact is it’s a second rank UK university.

      As for “logical readers,” whatever that means, I’ll leave it to them to decide which one of us has more credibility.

  16. What a hateful and ignorant diatribe by a hateful bigot. This Silverstein character is a joke and demonstrated this with his ignorant rant. He is obviously an appeaser of the terrorist regime of the Islamic Republic and stands against freedom and human dignity. No wonder, such an imbecile has gone on PressTV in the past. The mouthpiece of the terror regime of the Islamic Republic.

  17. Mr Silverstein, Thank you for the article exposing Javedanfar as a light weight opportunist. I personally don’t consider his formal academic credentials or the lack of them as relevant. He could have been graduated from Oxford or Harvard for that matter, as many of these liars and warmongers are. A good example is the scum Alan Dershowitz. Javedanfar does not even hold dual nationality. He is an Israeli of Iranian origin who abuses his knowledge of Farsi and his meagre familiarity with Iran to pose as an “Iranian” with ‘inside knowledge” of Iranian life and political affair. He is an opportunist whose writings and broadcasts can be easily taken apart by anyone simply familiar with Iran’s nuclear programme or anyone who follows the readily available material about Ahmadi-Nedjad’s limits of power and more importantly the exposure of what has been falsely attributed to him. Even Dan Merridor was forced to acknowledge in his Al-Jazeera interview in 2011 that Ahmadi-Nejad had not called for Israel to be wiped off the map. As you know, Javedanfar’s book has not received any attention, despite much publicity, outside the circles funding and publicising it!

  18. [comment deleted for violation of comment rules Not only have you listed a litany of tired, old anti-regime propaganda most of which is either false or taken out of context, you repeated claims made here scores of times by others before you & which have been addressed and rebutted before by others. You clearly are either a monarchist or MEK supporter and there are many sites & forums for you online where this propaganda would be more welcome. No one here (at least not me) supports the regime. But no one is an anti-regime propagandist either. I don’t have the time to rebut the same old arguments advanced for the 20th time or more, which is why I’ve written in the comment rules that debates about Iran’s alleged anti-Israelism or anti-Semitism are off-topic. NOt to mention that Israel, with its huge arsenal and military machine, is capable of inflicting far more damage on Iran and the region than Iran.]

  19. Sassan, in response to your old and tired cliche, as far as superstitions are concerned, you better pay attention to Christian Zionists in the US and their dream of Armageddon, whose violent dreams are lapped up by the AIPAC despite the grand finale of killing Jews! However, unlike these lunatics, Iran has not attacked another country and Khamenedi has stated repeatedly over many years that iran “will never initiate an attack on any country”. Evan Barak admitted in 2010 that Iran’s leadership is very rational and not suicidal, a view acknowledged by many past and present Israeli high-ranking secret service officials and army generals.

    In relation to Ahmadi-Nedjad, it is no secret that he, like many in Iran, do not recognise Israel as a legitimate country and view it as a colonial occupation. This view is shared by millions throughout the world, including in the “Western world” increasingly. These views are legitimately and legally expressed and do not indicate any genocidal intentions, even intention for war. Ahmadi-Nedjad himself has made his position clear on a number of occasion such as his interview with Wallace on CBS which was falsified by editing out what he said. http://mondoweiss.net/2012/04/wallace-interview-with-ahmadinejad-was-little-more-than-deliberate-demonization.html

    In this interview, Ahmadi-Nedjad in response to Wallace’s question about “wiping Israel off the map”, said: “I think that the Israeli government is a fabricated government and I have talked about the solution. The solution is democracy. We have said ‘allow Palestinian people to participate in a free and fair referendum to express their views.’ What we are saying only serves the cause of durable peace. We want durable peace in that part of the world. A durable peace will only come about with once the views of the people are met.

    So we said ‘allow the people of Palestine to participate in a referendum to choose their desired government,’ and of course, for the war to come an end as well. Why are they refusing to allow this to go ahead? Even the Palestinian administration and government which has been elected by the people is being attacked on a daily basis, and its high-ranking officials are assassinated and arrested. Yesterday, the speaker of the Palestinian parliament was arrested, elected by the people, mind you. So how long can this go on?

    We believe that this problem has to be dealt with fundamentally. I believe that the American government is blindly supporting this government of occupation. It should lift its support, allow the people to participate in free and fair elections. Whatever happens let it be. We will accept and go along. The result will be as you said earlier, sir”. This may not be viewed as acceptable or realistic to some but there is definitely no talk of military attack, no genocide! This is the section of the interview which was removed because it did not serve the warmongering agenda:


    Dan Merrdior, in his capacity as Israel’s deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, admitted in an interview with Al-Jazeera in 2011 that “We misquoted Ahmadi-Nejdad” on “wiping Israel off the map” through military intervention.


  20. [comment deleted and commenter moderated for repeated comment rule violations–if you wish to get another comment published here you will read the comment rules & respect them. The comment threads are not a propaganda megaphone for your pro-MEK/monarchist views. If you want to comment here you’ll have to understand that it isn’t a one-way street. You don’t get to use this space as your billboard. Future comments will only be approved if you’ve shown you’ve absorbed this.]

  21. Sassan, I read your comments before they were deleted. Since you can’t conduct a debate without being rude, this is not addressed to you personally; it is for the benefit of others who may read these comments.

    What IS shameful is to condemn nearly 80 million innocent people, your own country men and women, to draconian sanctions and war. Javedanfar supports these illegal and immoral sanctions which meet the definition of GENOCIDE of the UN Convention. http://www.hrweb.org/legal/genocide.html

    Palestinians have no historical and cultural relevance to Iranians?!

    Perhaps you have never lived in Iran and are unfamiliar with its history and culture, the history of colonisation and imperialist exploitation in the region, or the region’s geography. Interestingly, Brenda Shaffer, the American-Israeli academic, makes the same claim, this time in relation to various regions and ethnicities living in Iran! http://original.antiwar.com/muhammad-sahimi/2012/10/14/stop-supporting-separatist-groups-in-iran/ :

    Mohammad Sahimi writes: “In her book, Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity, [she] claims that there is no such thing as a unifying collective Iranian identity and advocates separation of Iran’s Azerbaijan and joining it with the Republic of Azerbaijan. Interestingly, the current Republic of Azerbaijan was part of Iran throughout history until the Russian empire separated it from Iran in 1820s. Other academics have also made such bogus claims for years”.

    And “Several years ago a quote was widely attributed to an aide to Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to which, “Even if Iran becomes a completely democratic state, it would still be too large and a threat to Israel’s security.” In fact in 2003, the Grand Bargain offered to the Bush Administration by President Khatami and approved by Ayatollah Khamenei, amongst other things, proposed to recognise the Saudi Initiative, that is, a two state solution, in return for Iran’s legitimate security and economic rights, including its right to a fully monitered civilian nuclear technology to be recognised.

    You might be runing a personal secret service, but as I pointed out before, despite the fearmongering by the Israeli hawks – with Natanyahu’s lunatic cartoon in front of the UN Assembly an iconic example of this – many former and current highranking intelligence and army personnel as well as politicians in Israel don’t agree with you.

    “Israel’s former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Tzipi Livni has rejected such a view, as have current Mossad chief Tamir Pardo, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy, former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces [IDF], lieutenant General Dan Halutz, and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Former IDF chief and Defense Minister, and the current leader of the opposition Kadima Party Shaul Mofaz has called the “existential threat” claim “manipulative.” http://www.payvand.com/news/12/sep/1148.html They are aware of Iran’s complex and many layered system of decision making resulting in a measured and rational foreign policy which has nothing to do with Messianic beliefs.

    Israeli hawks and their lobby, over many years, have been threaening and pushing for a “preventive” war on Iran, which is illegal under the international law and the UN Charter. Its lobbyists call for “false Flag” operations to instigagte a US attack on Iran. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M84l19H68mk. Israel which has been behind the genocidal sanctions on Iran, is engaged in a violent covert war arming and training ethnic separatists and the MEK terrorists, murdering Iranian scientists and military personnel, and attacking iran’s critical industrial and civilian infrastructure through an illegal and dangerous cyberwar.

    The false flag operations extend to framing even its loyal patron/poodle, the US! As revealed by Mark Perry in Foreign Policy “Buried deep in the archives of America’s intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush’s administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives — what is commonly referred to as a “false flag” operation”. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/13/false_flag?wp_login_redirect=0

    Again you might have your own secret services, but according to the US and Israel’s own secreat agencies’ findings, there is absolutely no evidence of Iran developing nuclear weapons or an intention to do so.

    The routine reference to “anti-Semitism” though unsurprisingly, remains mildly comic. By that definition, opposition to Apartheid in South Africa would have been just as irrelevant to Europeans or Americn progressives who live in other continents! And so their support for the human rights of the Palestinians including their right to a homeland, is also “anti-Semitic” ☺. By the way, Arabs are Semites too!

    The domestic problems and conflicts in Iran is the sovereign domain of Iranians living in Iran. Neither have the US and its western poodles, and certainly Israel, with their bloody records of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including sanctions and threat of war on Iran, have a grain of legitimacy to be the arbiter of democracy and human rights anywhere in the world.

  22. No one here has mentioned Ahmed Chalabi, so I will. I remember once seeing a 60 Minutes segment on Chalabi. It was immediately clear to me: “This guy is a fraud, and he is playing America for a bunch of suckers.” We should all be wary of would-be Iranian Chalabis like Javedanfar.

    For those commenters who allege that Richard’s criticism of Javedanfar means that he supports the mullahs: If you support sanctions on Iran, then you yourselves are effectively supporting the regime, and you are an enemy of the Iranian people.

  23. A poster on a British newspaper thread has managed to expose this man and I am personally extremely grateful to him (or her) for doing so.
    It highlights the extend of hateful, racist propaganda that emanates from Israel and the vast majority of Israelis, especially those who have voluntarily left Iran in the past 3 decades.

  24. You hit the nail on the head. I discovered him on Twitter and noticed his copious writing there and on various sites like Huffington Post. The main gripe that lead me to believe he was a lackey was the fact that Iranians such as myself knew it was a lie when they quoted Pres. Ahmadinejad saying Iran would “wipe Israel off the map”, an English language euphemism that in Persian, would be totally nonsensical. In fact, I saw the video of the speech and it was easy to determine that was not what Ahmadinejad said at all (listening in my mother tongue mind you). Meir claimed that he is fluent in 5 languages yet he NEVER clarified to Israelis, the Media or Government what was truly said. It was a severely, grossly mis-translated line. When I confronted him on it on Twitter, he cited an un-official transcript of a different speech that also did not include any genocidal threat on Israel!

    He was a preeminent journalist who is Iranian, Persian speaking, Hebrew speaking, English speaking and lives in Israel. He was the PERFECT person at the right time and right place to squash this lie and…he did NOTHING.
    Sadly, its clear he’s just a self interested tout. I am happy that while doing searches on his background I found this site and the content here.

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