Islam’s political schism

The Arab world today feels threatened by Iran's efforts to create a Shi’ite axis from Iran, Iraq and Syria to Lebanon.

Hassan Rouhani lauging370 (photo credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)
Hassan Rouhani lauging370
(photo credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)
“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is an old English saying. In other words, when offered a present, it’s bad manners to examine it for defects.  Accept it graciously, however flawed it may be, and whatever the motives of the giver.
Old English sayings do not travel well to the Middle East. For example, recent New Year (Rosh Hashana) messages of goodwill to the Jewish people emanating from Iran – a gift horse indeed – have been received with more than a little skepticism. The first arrived on the eve of Rosh Hashana, Wednesday September 4, as a tweet from the newly–elected President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani: “As the sun is about to set here in Tehran, I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashana.” It was accompanied by a picture of an Iranian Jew bowing his head in prayer.