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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, like his predecessor, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, is not only unafraid of death, he welcomes it as an expression of profound religious excellence.

A Sunday Times story headlined “Two Old Foes Unite Against Tehran” suggest, according to a diplomatic source, that Israel’s Mossad is working with the Saudis on contingency plans for an attack on Iran, should the latter not take down its nuclear weapons program in the deal to be signed in Geneva this week.

The Israelis and the Saudis are convinced that the Geneva talks that seek to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development are nothing more than appeasement, Munich style, and will do little to slow Iran’s effort to possess a nuclear warhead, which it can then mount on its numerous, Russian and home made ICBMs.


Riyadh supposedly has already given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in an attack on Iran.

As you can see on the map below, Israel’s line of attack on Iran must pass either via Turkey in the north, or Saudi Arabia in the south, as it would not have free passage over Iraq. It might also be able to use both prongs simultaneously.

In an interview to Le Figaro on Saturday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke of the “meeting of the minds” between Israel and the “leading states in the Arab world” on the Iranian nuclear threat.

“We all think that Iran should not be allowed to have the capacities to make nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said, referring to himself and to his newly found Arab cohorts. “We all think that a tougher stance should be taken by the international community. We all believe that if Iran were to have nuclear weapons, this could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, making the Middle East a nuclear tinderbox.”

Netanyahu called on the world’s leaders to take notice and recognize the seriousness of the threat, which is severe enough for Israel and the Arabs to be in complete agreement over it.

According to the Sunday Times, both Israel and Saudi Arabia are convinced that the West has decided to run out the clock on the Iranian nuclear program, to the point where an attack on Iran would be far more dangerous than it is today, due to its ability to retaliate with a nuclear counter attack. Apparently, both countries do not believe that the concept of a Mutually Assured Destruction, which kept the U.S. and the USSR from nuking each other during the Cold War, will not deter the religiously fervent Ayatollahs.

In that context, of Israel and the Arabs know just how dangerous the Iranian threat is (“We know something about this region. We know a great deal about Iran and its plans. It’s worthwhile to pay attention to what we say,” Netanyahu told Le Figaro). Here are a few citations from the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1902-89), who commented, as his army and Saddam Hussein’s were grinding one another to a bloody pulp, that no matter which of the armies is destroyed, Islam would benefit in the end.

In the discussion of a country possessing nuclear weapons it is crucial to know whether the notion of Mutually Assured Destruction. To that end, it would help to know how the founding father of the Islamic Republic valued life.

Khomeini told an audience early in the revolution: “Dying does not mean nothingness: it is life.”

Traditionally, Shi’a Islam has revered shahada, the act of paying the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the faith. In the annual Shi’a 10-day celebration of Imam Hussein’s death at Karbala, it was Hussein’s courage and religious devotion that was celebrated, not the fact that he had been killed. But Khomeini took this one step further, perhaps to its logical conclusion, preaching that not only was martyrdom a highly meritorious act, so were opportunities for it. (Daniel Brumberg, Reinventing Khomeini (2001).

Thus his insisting on continuing the war with Iraq well after Iraq had been driven out of Iran was not a bloody disaster for which Iranians should be angry with Khomeini—it was an important opportunity for the young to die fighting enemies of Islam. “Dying does not mean nothingness: it is life.”

Khomeini said about the ideal of martyrdom (paraphrased): If the great martyr confined himself to praying, the great tragedy of Kabala would not have come about. Among the contemporary ulema (Islamic scholars), if the great Ayatollah Shirazi thought like these people, a war would not have taken place in Iraq and all those Muslims would not have been martyred.


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth,,, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


  1. These two countries 'know" Iran and whether you agree or like either of them doesn't mean you won't profit by listening to their concerns. People tend to "wake up" after the fact. In this case the "fact" is nuclear war and a country bent on destroying ALL infidels – Jews, Christians and YOU!

  2. Enough talk. Bomb Iran and cut off the head of the snake. As usual, Israel must save the cowardly West and do its dirty work like when it had to endure withering condemnation for saving us all from Saddam Hussain's nuclear reactors and Assads nuclear reactors. I am sickened by the cowardice of the West.

  3. All good until the bit about the Alawite regime slaughtering 200 000 Sunnis. MAny Sunnis actually support Assad (eg Syrian Girl). Deaths include, kurds, christians, Alawites, many at the hands of Sunni Islamists. Some thinkDamascus must be made "pure" so the prophet can return

  4. This article is quite misleading, since it overlooks the fact that Khomeini actually stopped the Shah's nuclear program because he believed weapons of mass destruction were un-Islamic. (At least according to Spies Against Armageddon, by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman). His statements about martyrdom were meant to inspire young Iranians to preserve the nation by fighting Iraq, not to endorse the destruction of the Iranian nation itself.

    More broadly, just because the Iranian regime is a bad one does not mean that it is self-destructive, any more than is the Saudi regime (which has spread Islamic extremism around the world) or Communist regimes that have killed far more people than Iran.

  5. Just like the two-state solution might as well be the final solution and suicide for Israel is obvious even to an idiot, I won't waste time on Lewyn's asinine opinion. Just look to the right of this comment to another article "Beware the Shi'ite Day of Atonement" and you'll see what Iran's primary goal is; "Blood". Even if it's their own in one big "suicide bombing". Self-destruction is part of these people's DNA. Hatred for Israel and loving death more than life is fed , literally, to every Arab with their mother's milk. You would think that Iran would do more to hide their complicity when it comes to sponsoring terror and be fearful of the repurcussions, but the fact is, they just don't care. Don't take my word for it. Read:

    The Haj by Leon Uris (A Primer on the “right to return” scam)
    The Prophet Muhammad's 'Night Journey' was Not to Jerusalem but to Medina by Ahmad Muhammad 'Arafa (article)

    The Source by James Michener
    Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld, (CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood), That's Conspiring to Islamize America by Gaubatz and Sperry
    CAIR: Islamists Fooling the Establishment by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha (MEQ article)
    Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel
    Slavery, Terrorism and Islam, (and Holocaust in Rwanda), by Peter Hammond
    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom (Read the "Note on the Cover Art-Execution of a Moroccan Jewess")
    Supplemental Article “The First and Last Enemy: Jew Hatred in Islam.” by Bostom

    The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom MD
    A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden

    Indoctrination U: The Left's War Against Academic Freedom and The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz
    Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer
    (The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men by Christina Hoff Sommers)

    Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores by Michelle (the hottest woman on the planet) Malkin
    Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry
    American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steven Emerson
    The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andre C. McCarthy
    Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance by Pamela Geller
    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    The Book of Jewish Knowledge by Nathan Ausubel
    Justice Not Vengeance by Simon Wiesenthal

    The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia by Tim Tzouliadis
    The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel
    The Al Qaeda Reader by Raymond Ibrahim
    Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law
    Sahih al-Bukhari (With Sheikh Humaid's article on Jihad and plug by Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid)
    The Koran: Pickthall
    Quran: Yusuf Ali: Translated by Prof. Syed Vickar Ahmed
    Holy Qur'an with Commentary: Maulana Muhammad Ali
    The Second Message of Islam by Mahmoud Mohamed Taha

    'How Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology invade American Mosques' -Testimony of Freedom House director before Senate Committee

    The Cairo Speech by Anne Bayefsky (Ass Kicking)

  6. IMO, if there were to be an attack from outside of Iranian territory, it would come from the north – via Azerbeijan. You can be certain the IDF will not announce where they are coming from to the press.

  7. IDF has several scenarios sketched for an attack on Iran. Jet-bombers from bases north of Iran supplied with jets from over Saudi territory are indeed the most plausible scenario. But don’t forget the German-build Israeli subs somewhere in the Persian Gulf.

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