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)

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

"The Most Beautiful Thing About BDS" (video)

BDSers in Adelaide, with variations on their usual theme:


By the way, my previous post, on the contrasting attitude between most Israelis and Palestinians in response to the slaughter of innocents, by a French oleh, is garnering a lot of attention. 

In similar vein is an article by Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil, which is summarised thus:
 'We Palestinians have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians.
Abbas's ambiguous, half-hearted condemnations of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are only intended for public consumption and are primarily aimed at appeasing Western donors so that they will continue channeling funds to the Palestinian Authority. In addition, his condemnations seek to blame Israel for Palestinian terror attacks.
Netanyahu's strong and clear condemnation left me and other Palestinians wondering when was the last time we heard similar statements from our leaders. I cannot remember Abbas or any other Palestinian leader ever expressing shock and outrage over the killing of a Jew in a Palestinian terror attack, nor the last time a Palestinian official visited the Israeli victims of a Palestinian terror attack.
Each time Abbas reluctantly condemns a Palestinian terror attack, he faces a wave of criticism from many Palestinians. Unlike the Israeli public, many Palestinians often rush to justify, and even welcome, terror attacks against Jews. Has there ever been a Palestinian activist who dared to hold a rally in a Palestinian city to condemn suicide bombings or the murder of an entire Jewish family? The Israeli president has good reason to feel ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we react to the murder of Jews?' 
 Read all of Bassam Tawil's article here 

Monday, 3 August 2015

"A Mon Voisin Arabe Palestinien; To My Palestinian Arab Neighbour"

First in French, and afterwards in English, the thoughts of a French oleh following the tragic terrible fate of baby Ali Dawabsheh and his family at the hands of an evil monster.  (The links have been added by me.)


A mon voisin Arabe Palestinien,

Je t’écris aujourd’hui pour exprimer mon horreur suite à l'attaque terroriste qui a eu lieu hier à Douma et je souhaite aux survivants soignés par des docteurs sionistes un prompt et complet rétablissement.

Je suis sûr que pratiquement tous les Israéliens se joignent à moi à ce sujet. Vous voyez, nous savons ce que vous ressentez. Même si à cette heure nous ne connaissons pas les auteurs de ce crime. En juin, Ceux qui ont brûlé l'église près de Tiberiade étaient bien arabes, tu t'en rappelles.

Je peux seulement imaginer comment les membres survivants de la famille Dawabsha se sentent, mais il y a d'innombrables familles juives qui ont été déchirées par le terrorisme arabe palestinien que vous pourriez imaginer.

Depuis au moins une centaine d'années, les Arabes palestiniens ont assassinés nos bébés, nos enfants, nos athlètes, nos passagers de bus, d’avion, nos amoureux de pizza, nos jeunes amateurs de cafés, discothèques et tous les Juifs pris au hasard au mauvais endroit au mauvais moment. Ils ont été fusillés, poignardés dans le dos, dans leur sommeil, ils ont été battus, enlevés, brûlés vifs, la gorge tranchée ou explosés dans les attentats. Les milliers de roquettes que vous avez lancés contre nous n'ont servi à rien, regardez ou vous en êtes aujourd'hui.


Des familles entières, comme les Dawabshas, ont été détruites. La famille Vogel, la petite Adele Biton et le bébé Chaya Zissel Braun agé de trois mois seulement et bien d’autres encore…

L’as tu oublié ?

Vous nous avez envoyé vos monstres terroristes pour nous anéantir et vous les avez accueillis comme des héros aux mains pleines de sang.

Et il se trouve, que cette vermine terroriste est peut être parmi nous aujourd’hui. À quoi t'attendais-tu?

Après une centaine d'années de terrorisme arabe palestinien dirigé contre nous, certains membres de notre nation ont peut-être appris à vous imiter.

Nous sommes humains aussi. Nous avons nos criminels, nos assassins, et même nos terroristes. Bien sûr, nous ne les traitons pas comme des héros comme vous le faites. Nous ne diffusons aucune incitation à la haine sur nos stations de radio, de télévision, dans les écoles. Nos Rabbins ne nous incitent pas à tuer des Arabes. Nous ne distribuons pas des sucreries quand une personne est assassinée et ne chantons pas de Youyou. C’est la toute la différence entre mon peuple et vous.
 Chez nous dans le Goush Etzion, des centaines de villageois prient pour cette famille arabe pendant que chez vous à Gaza/Ramallah/Jennine ont crie " "Allah Wakbar, Itbakh al-Yahud" (à mort les juifs)

Nos forces de sécurité vont sûrement appréhender les auteurs et notre société saura les isoler. Ils seront punis, peut-être même plus sévèrement que les terroristes arabes. Le terrorisme est le terrorisme.

Bonne chance avec l'ONU et l’UE. Je suis sûr qu'ils seront heureux d’accepter votre demande de commission d'enquête, une chose qu’ils n’ont jamais faite après l'une des centaines attaques terroristes arabes contre mon peuple.

Nous traversons une zone de turbulences mais nous nous en sortirons, les épreuves on en connait un rayon.

Même si les médias biasés sont avec vous, nous continuerons à nous défendre sur tous les fronts.

 Shalom,
 Jean Vercors


* * *
 To my Palestinian Arab neighbour,

I am writing to you today to express my horror following the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in Duma and wish to the survivors treated by Zionist doctors a full and speedy recovery.

I am sure that virtually all Israelis join me.
 

We know how you feel, even though at this time we do not know the perpetrators of this crime.
 

In June, those who burned the church near Tiberias were Arabs, you remember.
 

I can imagine the suffering of surviving members of the Dawabsha family,  countless Jewish families that were torn apart by the Palestinian Arab terrorism share the same suffering.

For at least a hundred years, the Palestinian Arabs have been murdering our babies, our children, our athletes, our passenger bus, plane, our lovers of pizza, our young people sitting at the cafes, in nightclubs, and all Jews mowed down randomly in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They were shot, stabbed in the back, in their sleep. They were beaten, abducted, burned alive, their throats slit, exploded in the attacks.Entire families like Dawabshas, were destroyed. The Vogel family, little Adele Biton, baby Chaya Zissel Braun aged 3 months only and many more ...
 

Also I can imagine what the surviving Dawabsha family members feel.
 

You sent us your monster terrorists to destroy us, you welcomed them as heroes.
 

After these years of Palestinian terror, some members of our nation may have learned to imitate you.
 

We also have our criminals, our murderers, and even our terrorists? Good.
 

But we do not treat them as heroes, as you are doing.

We do not pay pensions to their families as you do.
 

We do not name streets in their names to honor them, as you do so.
 

Our rabbis do not encourage us to kill Arabs. Instead they condemn such acts. Your imams, what do they say?
 

We do not distribute sweets when an Arab is killed, as you do when a Jew is murdered.
 

We do not cheer and dance when a Palestinian dies as you do when our brothers and sisters are ruthlessly murdered.
 

This is one of the many differences between my people and you –

At home in Gush Etzion, hundreds of villagers are praying for this Arab family.
 

Unlike you. At home in Gaza, Ramallah, Jenin, they shout "Allah hu akbar, al-Yahud Itbakh" (killing the Jews). Not here.
 

Our security services will apprehend the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime.
 

And if they are Jewish or Israelis,our society will judge them, neutralize them, condemn and punish them.
 

If they are Jewish, perhaps they will be even more severely condemned that Arab terrorists.
 

With us, terrorism is an extremely rare fact.
 

Since the attacks of September 11, hundreds of terrorist attacks are perpetrated every month worldwide. None has been committed by a Jew.
 

Almost all were committed by Muslims.
 

Without looking at the statistics, I know that no country in the world has had to endure one single Jewish attack.

Good luck with the UN and the EU: they love you because you are their peaceful young “freedom fighters”. Through you, they harass us and try to reach us yes ... Good luck!
 

They will welcome your complaints, complaints they will never dispatched after all your terrorist attacks against my people.

We are passing through a very slight turbulence. We are accustomed to it, nothing new under the sun.
 

The media are biased against us? They sow doubt among the general public.

The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a split moment.

Shalom,

Jean Vercors

See also Bibi here

How To Destroy Israel: Iranian leader's recipe

The Ayatollah Khameini, it seems, has just published a book (front cover pictured)  telling how the Zionist Entity is to be destroyed.  In Farsi, the book, 416 pages long and entitled Palestine, is apparently going to be translated into Arabic soon.

According to an article by Amin Tahiri in the New York Post:
 '.... A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”....
Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.”....
Dozens of maps circulate in the Muslim world showing the extent of Muslim territories lost to the Infidel that must be recovered....
However, according to Khamenei, Israel ...  is a special case for three reasons.
The first is that it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan” and a key element in its “evil scheme” to dominate “the heartland of the Ummah.”
The second reason is that Israel has waged war on Muslims on a number of occasions, thus becoming “a hostile infidel,” or “kaffir al-harbi.”
Finally, Israel is a special case because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City.”
He intimates that one of his “most cherished wishes” is to one day pray in Jerusalem.
 .... What he recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that they leave the country.
His calculation is based on the assumption that large numbers of Israelis have double-nationality and would prefer emigration to the United States and Europe to daily threats of death.
Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action against the Islamic Republic.
In Khamenei’s analysis, once the cost of staying in Israel has become too high for many Jews, Western powers, notably the US, which have supported the Jewish state for decades, might decide that the cost of doing so is higher than possible benefits....
Khamenei counts on what he sees as “Israel fatigue.” The international community would start looking for what he calls “a practical and logical mechanism” to end the old conflict....'
Read the entire article here

Sunday, 2 August 2015

In Britain, Muslims React To Cameron's Recent Anti-Extremism Speech (videos)

The following two videos relate to British prime minister David Cameron's recent speech in Birmingham as outlined here

In this video (which also features Jonathan Fryer, a journalist specialising in counter-extremism and counter-terrorism issues, who warns inter alia of Saudi-financed Wahhabism) Manchester-based Reza Nadeem of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, unequivocally condemns Cameron's speech. The way Muslims are lectured, Mr Nadeem says, "is so deeply Islamophobic it's off-putting" and excoriates calls for "integration" because, he maintains, "assimilation" is meant by that concept.  He insists that if Muslims are to be placated and feel part of British society Britain's "unjust foreign policy ... needs to change" and inevitably "Palestine" is mentioned (at approx. 11:58 particularly).


In this footage some distinctly less urbane voices react to Cameron's speech.  In fact, one member of the crowd cautions a particularly raucous speaker not to "scream or shout or people will take it the wrong way".  The Crusaders and the East India Company figure in the screeching rant, but so, specifically, do Jews and Christians the former more than once.  (Highlights, if that's the appropriate term, at approximately 2:10, 4:13, 4:47).

Saturday, 1 August 2015

An Evil Deed: "We're Shocked, We're Outraged, We Condemn This..."

Ali in his shroud
Needless to say, the horrific death of toddler Ali Dawabsheh at his home near Nablus was the work of unmitigated evil and his barbaric murderer should be punished to the full extent of the law.

All decent people, including the vast majority of Israelis and Jews around the world, condemn the vile attack upon Ali and his parents and brother, as they slept, and wish the terribly injured survivors a full and speedy recovery.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, of course, has been swift to do just that.  Having visited Ali's four-year-old brother, Ahmed Sa'ed, in the hospital that is treating him for burns to sixty per cent of his body, Netanyahu said, inter alia:
"....When you stand next to the bed of this small child, and his infant brother had been so brutally murdered, we're shocked, we're outraged. We condemn this. There is zero tolerance for terrorism wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from, we have to fight it and fight it together.
 I spoke to President Abu Mazen right before I entered the hospital.  I told him of this visit and of Israel's absolute commitment to find the perpetrators, bring them to justice.  We have to calm the spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism
It's something that all parts of the Israeli government and all parts of Israeli society agree on.
 It's important  that we make a common cause with our Palestinian neighbors to give ourselves a better future: a future free of violence, free of terror, a future of peace."
Reacting yesterday to news of the little boy's death, Dr Aaron Lerner of the website  IMRA
Independent Media Review and Analysis, captured well the essence of the Israeli response in his piece entitled  Critical Difference Between Israeli and Palestinian Reaction To Terror By Countrymen

The despicable terror attack today against a Palestinian family apparently carried out by Jews was properly immediately and vocally condemned as terror by the entire spectrum of Israeli society with calls for the arrest, prosecution and punishment of those who carried out this vile crime. 
As Palestinian rush to try and exploit this terrible event against Israel at various international forums it is most appropriate to contrast the response of Israeli officials to a terror attack carried out by Israelis to the response of Palestinian officials to terror attacks carried out by Palestinians:
1. Israelis call for the perpetrators to be arrested. Palestinians are silent on this.
2. Should the perpetrators be detained Israeli calls for them to be prosecuted and punished with imprisonment. Palestinians call for the perpetrators to be released.
3. The perpetrators receive no Israeli government support, The perpetrators receive high salaries from the Palestinian Authority the greater the crime (as reflected in prison term) the higher the salary paid by the Palestinian Authority to the perpetrator. All this regardless of if the act of terror of the perpetrator was condemned in a press release issued by Palestinian officials.
4. The Government of Israel and the Israeli educational system makes no favorable reference to the perpetrators. The Palestinian Authority honors the perpetrators for their “contribution to the struggle”. All this regardless of if the act of terror of the perpetrator was condemned in a press release issued by Palestinian officials. 
Meanwhile, here's the word from Hamas

Needless to say, too, Israel's enemies have gone into overdrive regarding this crime, using it as yet another tool in their inexorable determination to demonise, undermine and destroy Israel and that little country's supporters round the world.

Here, for instance, is the co-founder of Electronic Intifada, waxing hyperbolic:


Here's the PLO, courtesy of the ABC's Sophie McNeill, making the most of an opportunity:


And here, rather obsessively, is a certain candidate for Mayor of London: 

The incorrigible antisemites on social media and elsewhere are, predictably, having a field day, with some very intemperate sentiments indeed.  Look, for example, at the comments here

And the tragic death of little Ali has been incorporated into a demo by the usual suspects outside the BBC's London headquarters to protest (wait for it!) the BBC's support for Israel! (Are they watching the same BBC as the rest of us?!):


(On social media, incidentally, the chatter from some Muslim Israel-haters regarding a similar event due to take place outside the BBC's Manchester headquarters has focused wistfully on a suggestion from one of their number that the demonstrators should make a detour through Prestwich, a neighbourhood where many Jews live...)

As for the stabbing of participants in a gay parade in Tel Aviv last week, an attack roundly denounced by Bibi:


Thursday, 30 July 2015

The ABC's Sophie Softly Shilling Anti-Israel Propaganda

McNeill & Knell: birds of a feather?
As I've noted several times for the benefit of overseas readers, the publicly-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), like the BBC, is obligated to be impartial in its presentation of news and current affairs:  Section 4 of "Auntie's" Code of Practice runs:
"The ABC has a statutory duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism.
Aiming to equip audiences to make up their own minds is consistent with the public service character of the ABC. A democratic society depends on diverse sources of reliable information and contending opinions. A broadcaster operating under statute with public funds is legitimately expected to contribute in ways that may differ from commercial media, which are free to be partial to private interests."
Some readers might recall the very real concern in pro-Israel circles that greeted the appointment in March this year of Sophie McNeill as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC's) Jerusalem correspondent?

Ahron Shapiro of  the Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) expressed the misgivings very well.  Inter alia, he wrote:
'Interviewed by her former professor Victoria Mason in 2011, McNeill said that the journalism she wanted to do was to frame stories from the point of view of the people who are "really suffering" in a situation. Both the examples she offered referred to Palestinians.
McNeill has acted on her self-proclaimed sympathy for the Palestinians by appearing on a panel at two pro-Palestinian events, including one sponsored by Palestinian groups and speaking alongside two other speakers who called for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the movement to sever all economic, educational and cultural ties with Israel. She has also written for Electronic Intifada, an extremist website that routinely publishes screeds calling for the destruction of Israel and justifying Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians.
How could the ABC give such a candidly agenda-motivated journalist the exclusive job of Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent, with extensive autonomy?
It's a serious question that should be answered by the national broadcaster, which, according to its statutory mandate, must be free of even the appearance of bias in its news reporting, and must present all major perspectives on controversial issues fairly.
In late 2012, ABC Radio National Breakfast host Fran Kelly took back a statement she had made earlier that year to the Sydney Morning Herald defining herself first and foremost as an "activist", stressing later that "once you become a journalist you can't be an activist; you can't join protest movements".
Of course, Kelly was right. Activists who become journalists but remain loyal to a personal agenda don't earn the right to be seen as objective journalists. Instead, they are known as advocacy journalists who serve a non-objective viewpoint, usually for some social or political purpose.
Is Sophie McNeill an objective journalist, or an advocacy journalist? In a profile on McNeill in 2003, the ABC itself described McNeill as "a political activist and social campaigner" as well as a television documentary filmmaker. She told then-ABC employee George Negus, that part of wanting to be a journalist, "I wanted to try and make that connection that had happened with me wanting to do something and what was going on." [emphasis added]
McNeill credits John Pilger as her inspiration when she was 15 for becoming a journalist and has praised Victoria Mason, who is one of Australia's leading pro-Palestinian academics, for "opening the world to [her]" when McNeill took her class on the Middle East at Western Australia's Curtin University in 2003 ("what a difference it can make, the effect it can have on your learning and your vision of the world", McNeill said in 2009 about studying under Mason).
Similarly, she sings the praises of Robert Fisk for showing her the ropes during her time reporting from Beirut.
Her reporting does not show a clear record of separating her media career from her activism. And there is little doubt that her activism continues and influences her reporting in terms of how she frames stories, particularly about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.'
The misgivings seem justified.  AIJAC has referred several times to the less than objective reportage in which Ms McNeill has indulge since taking up her post: see, for example, here (two items, same page) and here


This evening, the ABC's 7.30 Report carried this item about Susiya (or Susya) by Ms McNeill.  Its only attempt at balance, and that a begrudging one, was an interview with Ari Briggs of Regavim ("He was born in Sydney" said our intrepid reporter archly).  Much of the item was taken up with an interviews with Moira O'Leary of Action Aid Australia, and with a chap named Abu Mohamad Nawaja:
'Village elder Abu Mohamad Nawaja was born and raised in Susiya village.
"Allow me to say thank you to the Australian Government, thanks to the Australian Action Aid," he told the ABC's 7.30 program.
But it may all be for nothing after Israeli authorities determined that planning permission was never given for the village to be built, and have granted a demolition order for the whole of Susiya.
"They will confiscate this land for the settlers, so they can expand their settlements and live comfortably," Abu Mohamad said.
"They want to destroy us, our lives and our kids' lives."'
Could he, by any chance, be related to the Nasser Nawaja who features in recent reports about the identical topic by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau's Yolande Knell, but as BBC Watch notes without any hint of his connections with B'tselem?

As for Action Aid, it has no apparent love for Israel.  In her latest report Ms McNeill was effectively giving publicity to an organisation whose Australian wing's Sydney-based Campaigns Mirector, a leftist "human rights" activist called Rachel Colbourne-Hoffman, authored this squalid piece of anti-Israel propaganda about one of Judaism's holiest cities (does she even know its status?), complete with some very unfortunate phraseology and canards apparently blithely accepted at face value:
'I was shocked stepping into Hebron Old City – wire was everywhere. As I passed by boarded-up shop fronts, wire was overhead; as I walked through industrial turn styles, there was spiralled barbed wire atop chain-link fences followed by large cement walls cutting off streets, decorated in more barbed wire than there is tinsel on a Christmas tree.
Just like a parasitic vine that strangles its host, the state of Israel is using these wire tendrils to try and suffocate the life out of this city.
Looking up you can see there are more residences built literally on top of the Palestinian shops and houses, covered with the flag of Israel – these are Israeli settlements. According to International Humanitarian Law they are illegal but it doesn’t take international law to tell you their presence is unjust and wrong.
As I walked through the market place of Old Hebron City, horrified by the prison of wire, I asked my colleague what was the point of the cage overhead. He said very matter of fact, that the Palestinians had actually installed it to catch any rubbish that the Israelis threw on their heads. So not only were these people living in this city illegally they were physically abusing its inhabitants purely because of their race.
There is nothing subtle about the way Palestinians are being pushed out of their own city.
Before this trip to the West Bank, my view of the conflict between Israel and Palestine was one where it was unclear which group was being oppressed and I wanted to have an open mind about the conflict. However, what I saw was a story of David and Goliath being played out in real life, but roles were reversed. This time Israel is Goliath, and they are winning by breaking International Humanitarian Laws being backed by powerful international actors, while Palestine as David is being tied up with barbed wire, enclosed by 8 meter walls, while watching their houses being demolished and on top of it all, being given the bill for the demolition.   I left with thoughts of inequality andcity.'
But back to Ms McNeill.  As Ahron Shapiro pointed out, in the article referred to above: 
"Any reporting by an ABC employee, including McNeill, is required to follow the following standards:
4.1 Gather and present news and information with due impartiality.
4.2 Present a diversity of perspectives so that, over time, no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented.
And also
4.4 Do not misrepresent any perspective.
4.5 Do not unduly favour one perspective over another."
It is an ongoing disgrace that Sophie McNeill flouts these rules and gets away with doing so time and time and time again.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Still Crazy Despite All These Fears: "No Deal Should Leave The Ayatollahs Grinning" (video)

It goes without saying that the first part of the header applies to these guys, caught on camera by Richard Millett in London a few days ago protesting protests against the Iran "Deal" (there's lots more to see and read on his post here).


But I have in mind more specifically these guys:
"A new national survey of 1,000 American Jews, conducted by GBA Strategies for J Street, finds that a large majority of Jews support the agreement recently reached between the United States, world powers, and Iran. The 20-point margin (60 percent to 40 percent) in favor of the agreement is consistent with the 18-point margin found in the LA Jewish Journal’s survey released last week, as well as the 18-point margin in J Street’s survey conducted prior to the agreement. Multiple surveys have shown with resounding clarity that American Jews firmly back the agreement, and now want Congress to approve it."
However, we have to remember that there are "American Jews" and "American Jews".  As a well-known international Jewish speaker reminded an audience here in Australia this evening, a  staggering percentage of the American Jews who support Obama are not professing Jews in the religious sense nor are they necessarily married to Jews, still less do they raise their children as Jews.  Jewishness to them means identification not so much with Judaism or with Israel as with political left liberalism.

The Jews who do identify with Judaism are much less likely to support Obama and much more likely to recognise the Nuclear "Deal" with Iran for the terrible menace that it is.

Let us hope, pray, and lobby for Congress to reject this dangerous, deluded "Deal" which imperils not just Israel but the United States itself and potentially all of the present Free World. 

Meanwhile, check out the pro-Iran Deal propaganda mouthed by these cringeworthy celebrities including, for gravitas, Morgan Freeman.

'Look,' says one of the "celebrities" on the video at that site blithely.  "We all love our children and the Iranians love their children."

But what about the Iranians who are millenarians, who believe that armageddon, and therefore nuclear conflict, would usher in the long-awaited "Twelfth Imam"?

The balance of terror that ensured mutually assured destruction in the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West has no fears for millenarians, whether they love their children or not!

On a positive note, a must-see Hudson Institute panel discussion here.  Note the very fine keynote speech of Senator Tom Cotton ("No Deal should leave the ayatollahs grinning").


As the senator has written to constituents worried about the "Deal":
'A terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran that possesses nuclear weapons is among the greatest dangers facing the world today, and the supposed "deal"  recently announced after two years of negotiations is a grievous, dangerous mistake that only perpetuates that threat. The Obama Administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran were supposed to eliminate Iran’s progress toward a nuclear bomb, but instead this deal will pave the way for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Regrettably, the Obama Administration allowed the negotiations to descend into a dangerous succession of unending concessions, and furthermore, tragically failed to secure the release of four Americans unjustly imprisoned in Iran.  This should have been a pre-condition for negotiations to begin, but two years later our fellow citizens tragically continue to languish in an Iranian jail.  Plus which, this deal will give Iran up to $150 billion in sanctions relief and lift the embargoes on conventional weapons and ballistic missile sales to Iran.
Our negotiating "partner," Iran, is not a peaceful actor; Iran is responsible for killing Americans over a span of more than three decades, to include hundreds of U.S. troops killed in our most recent wars.  When I served in Iraq and Afghanistan, my platoon and I knew firsthand that Iranian-supplied bombs were the one thing our armored vehicles couldn’t withstand. I was fortunate that I avoided these bombs and came home, but too many others were not.
In addition, the ayatollah’s regime viciously represses the Iranian people and actively supports Bashar al-Assad’s brutal civil war against the Syrian people, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians since 2011. Iran is also a lead financier and supplier of terrorist organizations dedicated to destroying coalition forces and our ally Israel. That Iran does all this without a nuclear deterrent lends concern to the thought of what the ayatollahs would do if they obtained nuclear weapons capability. Thus, I believe Congress must act to protect American interests and end the appeasement of the ayatollahs in Tehran.
To that end, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (S. 615) was passed by Congress earlier this year. This bill requires the President to submit the agreement with Iran for review by Congress, but it effectively requires two thirds of the Senate to vote against an agreement in order to prevent it from taking effect. Under this legislation, Congress has 60 days to consider the deal. In the coming weeks and months, I will work tirelessly to protect America from this deal and to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability.
A well-functioning republic depends on active citizens to inform their elected representatives of issues of concern and to hold elected officials accountable. I’m always grateful to hear from my fellow citizens on matters of public policy. These communications can be both insightful and useful as I work to represent you, and I hope that you will keep me informed of your opinions.'