Zionist Invention of Iran Threat – An Interview with Prof. Yakov Rabkin

Good evening from the Editorial Team of ProMosaik e.V.,

we have already talked about Iran in the last days, after the historical Iran Deal in Vienna, achieved after 12 years’ of work this 14th of July 2015. The only State opposing to this deal is Israel which talks about how dangerous Iran is for the Zionist State.

We have talked about this invention and culture of fear on which Zionism is based to Prof. Yakov Rabkin of the University of Montreal. We thank him a lot for his time.  

We had already published his great article about Iran before the deal:

when Netanyahu spoke in front of the US-Congress about the so called “Iranic threat”.´

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Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi
ProMosaik e.V.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi:
How has Israel invented the Iranian threat and with which means does Israel try to keep it for ever?

Prof. Yakov Rabkin:
In an
earlier article I outlined the history of that invention (
). Israel used its allies and agents to promote it and make it into an
international issue. Thus Israel was able to distract world attention from the
Palestinians, and deal with them with impunity. No less importantly, this
fabrication offered Israeli society another “existential threat”. Apparently,
the non-existent Iranian bomb has now been replaced by another “existential
threat”  – BDS, international peaceful
campaign to apply boycott, divestment and economic sanctions to make Israel
change its policy toward the Palestinians. Some Israelis believe that their
society would implode without these existential threats. Fear is what holds it

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi:
How are the real relations between Jews and Irani
people in Iran which has a big Jewish community?

Prof. Yakov Rabkin:
I have no direct knowledge of the situation of Jews in Iran, it appears they
are doing no worse than other Iranians. There have been no violence or specific
repressive measures reported.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi:
How can a refusal of Zionist ideology help us
today to promote the friendship between the Jews and the Muslim peoples in
general and Iran
in particular?

Prof. Yakov Rabkin:
It is
important to emphasize that Zionism has been a rupture and a rebellion against
Judaism. Most Jews opposed it when it emerged in the late 19th century. One
must reject anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and understand that Jews around
the world, whatever their vocal support Israel, have no influence on Israeli
policies. They should not be held responsible for what Israel is and does. Then
one could see that Judaism and Islam are two closest religions to each other,
that Jews lived a lot better in Islamic than Christian realms and that many
classical works of Judaism are written in Arabic. Moreover, Jews with their
experience of anti-Semitism in Christian countries can help Muslim to cope with
the growing Islamophobia.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi:
What would you say to the German Chief of the
Zentralrat der Juden Dr. Schuster saying about the Iranian deal that it is
dangerous for Israel and for the stability of the whole Middle

Prof. Yakov Rabkin: 

fans around the world repeat whatever they are told to say by their Israeli
masters. With all due respect to functionaries of Jewish organizations in
Germany, they may be less well informed than their government that signed the
Vienna agreement. This kind of support for Israel is not innocent. Recently it
was revealed (
that Jewish organizations were covertly used by the Israeli army to spread its
message during the attack on Gaza in 2014. Obviously, those Jewish
functionaries who agree to do this expose rank-and-file members of their
organizations to reprisals, including violence. This is particularly grievous
since most Jews, at least in the United States, support the Vienna agreement
with Iran. Moreover, American Jews support it more than the average Americans (
This shows the growing estrangement of American Jews from Israel, which only
strengthens the point I made in my answer to your precious question. In view of
this, one wonders whom exactly represent functionaries of Jewish organizations:
Jews in their countries or the State of Israel.

Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi:

How long will people take to understand that
Netanyahu’s position is wrong. What can we explain to these people to
change their position?


Prof. Yakov Rabkin: 
relies on support from one of the main donors to the Republican Party. One can
expect the Prime Minister’s credibility to remain sterling in those circles and
their media. Elsewhere, he appears a lot less credible. But at issue is not his
personality. Israel’s political mainstream is behind Netanyahu in denouncing
the Vienna agreement. This is part of the inexorable shift of Israeli public to
the right (
And this leads to Israel’s growing isolation in the world, including isolation
from Jews in major countries.