JOL: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the Islamic Republic’s continued support for Palestine, saying Iran will always stand by the Palestinian people and support their cause.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement Ziad al-Nakhala in Tehran on Saturday.
He added that the resistance front had currently high capacity and capabilities to confront aggressors. more …
Opinion: Cut from the same cloth.
“All the king’s servants who were within the king’s
gates bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so
the king had commanded concerning him. But
Mordecai would not bow or pay homage” Esther 3:2.
The Biblical account of Esther is set in Persia, modern day Iran. In the 11th century BC, Israel’s King Saul was instructed by God through the prophet Samuel (1 Sam. 15:1-3) to kill all the Amalekites, men, women, and children. Saul disobeyed God, and kept Agag, king of Amalek as a trophy.
Six hundred years later, a descendant of Agag, named Haman, is advisor to the king in Persia. Haman was a descendant of Amalek, an illegitimate grandson of Esau:
“Haman’s lineage is given in the Targum Sheni as follows: “Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, son of Srach, son of Buza, son of Iphlotas, son of Dyosef, son of Dyosim, son of Prome, son of Ma’dei, son of Bla’akan, son of Intimrom, son of Harirom, son of Sh’gar, son of Nigar, son of Farmashta, son of Vayezatha, son of Agag, son of Sumki, son of Amalek, son of the concubine of Eliphaz, firstborn son of Esau.”
Mordecai was the Jewish uncle of Esther who won a beauty contest to become queen. Haman’s hatred for Mordecai was so intense that he plotted to have all the Jews of Persia killed by tricking King Ahasuerus into making a decree that anyone who did not serve the king was to be put to death. Haman knew that the Jews first served the God of Abraham.
The plot was foiled by Esther who petitioned the king to allow the Jews to defend themselves from attack. The small Jewish group preempted the much larger and better armed Persian army and defeated them in a precursor to the Six Day War of 1967.
How coincidental is it then, that the hatred Haman had for the Jews of Persia is identical to the hatred Iran’s Javad Zarif also has?
Haman devised a plan to kill the Jews of Persia with the sword, in the same way that Khamenei is planning to kill all the Jews of Israel with nuclear weapons.
He failed in the same way as his forefather, Esau, who vowed to kill Jacob (Genesis 27:41), but never did, and never will.
The life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11).