Right from wrong: Jihad, Iranian-style

Lest anyone imagine the mullahs pulling the strings in Iran don’t mean business, all one has to do is observe how they are executing their grand plan.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in Tehran (photo credit: REUTERS)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in Tehran
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The new twist in the controversy surrounding the nuclear agreement is an argument over the veracity of a report on a side deal giving Iran the right to inspect its own nuclear facilities for potential violations. The idea is so preposterous it must be true, judging by the rest of the top-secret document on which the US Congress is going to vote in September.
But as the debate heats up over whether the deal furthers or hinders Iran’s nuclear weapons’ capabilities, an equally serious issue keeps getting marginalized.
This is the more immediate and tangible danger posed by Iran’s terrorist proxies, and the sudden financial and ideological boost the deal is providing them.
The reason it is crucial to keep an eye on their activities is that they constitute Iran’s global army – the boots on the ground, so to speak – who perform the legwork necessary for the ultimate aim of regional and global jihadist hegemony. Their role is to set the stage for that time in the not-so-far future when Iran’s power and reach is so extensive that its leaders won’t need to waste their nuclear warheads by firing them.
This is where Israel comes in. As the only democracy in the Middle East, an ally of the West and a Jewish state, it has key strategic value. It is like the king of hearts in a house of cards, whose removal topples the whole deck.
It is also tiny and surrounded by rogue states with an endless supply of Muslim would-be “martyrs” willing to die in the “holy” endeavor to take it down.
On Thursday Israel got its latest message to this effect when four rockets, launched from Syria, landed in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. The Iran-backed terrorist organization Islamic Jihad was behind the attack, which spurred Israel to retaliate.
Also on Thursday, Israel deployed anti-missile Iron Dome batteries in the south of the country, in the areas between Ashkelon and Ashdod, as well as in Beersheba. This was in response to threats of rocket fire by Iran-backed terrorists in Gaza – whose excuse is the worsening condition of hunger-striking Palestinian terror suspect Mohammed Allan.
A review of recent Iranian rhetoric and activity, released by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, puts all of the above in context.
Last month, the General Assembly of Islamic Resistance Ulema (scholars) held a weekend conference titled “Unity for Palestine.”
At the gathering, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said, “We believe with certainty that Israel, this cancerous tumor, is headed for extinction, and that Palestine and Jerusalem will be returned to their people. It is only a matter of time and [this outcome] is linked to the will, action, jihad and sacrifices of the Ummah, according to the principle: If you achieve victory for Allah, Allah will lead you to achieve victory.”
From Iran, Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, secretary-general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, agreed.
“Annihilation of the Zionist regime is a sure thing and Koranic pledge,” he said, adding that it is important to unify “Muslims in countering the regime of Zionism and the arrogant world.”
Muhammad Hasan Zamani, a former Iranian cultural attaché in Egypt who head the Department of International Islamic Madrasas for the General Assembly of Islamic Resistance Ulema, reiterated this position.
“Israel must be erased from the map of the world,” he said. “These are the golden words Imam Khomeini, may God have mercy on him, uttered.”
Sheikh Abdel Halim Qadhi, a professor at Zahedan University in Iran, said, “[T]he Holy Koran makes it known that Jews are the enemies of Islam and the Muslims and their holy places and rites... jihad is the most powerful and only way to liberate Palestine and defend Jerusalem... God loves those who fight in his way.”
Earlier this month, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published Palestine, a 416-page tome devoted to the issue of Israel’s inevitable demise, with a blurb on its back cover calling the author the “flagbearer of jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”
Earlier this week, Khamenei gave an abbreviated version of this on Twitter: “We spare no opportunity to support anyone #FightingTheZionists,” he wrote.
At the same time, a clip produced by the Islamic Revolution Design House, a media outlet associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, began to circulate on Youtube. The minute-and-ahalf animated video depicts an Islamist invasion of Jerusalem.
The brief silent film shows soldiers from the IRGC, Shia Badr, Hezbollah, Hamas and Izzadin Kassam Brigades, clad in military gear and keffiyehs, marching to and standing on a hill overlooking the Temple Mount, as thousands upon thousands of additional terrorists amass.
An inscription in Farsi on a black screen at the end says, “Israel must be erased from the annals of history, and the youth will definitely see that day when it comes.”
Lest anyone imagine the mullahs pulling the strings in Iran don’t mean business, all he has to do is observe how they are executing their grand plan, part of which is the nuclear deal with the “Great Satan” and the other P5+1 countries. Among these is Russia, which confirmed on Wednesday that it will supply Iran with four upgraded batteries of S-300 surface-to-air missiles as soon as the deal is finalized.
Such missiles give Iran the extra benefit of being able to stave off attack. At such a point, will it really matter if Iran is in charge of its own inspections?
The writer is a Tel Aviv-based journalist and author.