Zarif knows Jewish history better than Netanyahu: Haaretz editor

IRNA – Foreign News Editor of Isreali newspaper Haaretz, Asaf Ronel, in a twitter message said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif knows Jewish history better than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ronel made the remarks in reaction to Netanyahu’s recent baseless anti- Iranian remarks. Netanyahu had said Iranians made an effort to annihilate the Jews 2,500 years ago.

“When the Iranian foreign minister knows Jewish history better than the prime minister of the Jewish State,” the message reads.

In a twitter message on Sunday evening, Zarif said, “To sell bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu resorting to fake history & falsifying Torah. Force of habit.”

In an attachment to the post, Zarif wrote “Once again Benjamin Netanyahu not only distorts the realities of today, but also of the past — including Jewish scripture. It is truly regrettable that bigotry gets to the point of making allegations against an entire nation which has saved the Jews three times in its history.”

“The Book of Esther tells of how Xerxes I saved Jews from a plot hatched by Haman the Agagite, which is marked on this very day; again, during the time of Cyrus the Great, an Iranian king saved the Jews — this time from captivity in Babylon; and during the Second World War, when Jews were being slaughtered in Europe, Iran gladly took them in,” Iranian foreign minister wrote.