Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday, 24 June 2013

"A Master Of Taqiyya ... I Don't See Him ... As A Dove, I See Him ... As A Fox": Dore Gold On Hassan Rouhani (video)

In the course of an address regarding Israel and a changing Middle East (in which, inter alia, he suggests that the rift between Israel and the Palestinians might be at present "unbridgeable" and stresses the need for a clear appreciation of what constitutes defensible borders, warning that withdrawal from the Jordan Valley would be a "national disaster") Dore Gold gives his assessment of Iran's new president ("a master of Taqiyya, Islam's doctrine of deception..."):

For his remarks in their general context see below:

Hat tip: reader Ian

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