Why did two senior Israeli officals argue in favor of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards?

By Adina Kutnicki

AS if trapped in an inescapable Orwellian nightmare, one can’t help but think that dangerously delusional fantasists are sitting atop Israel’s “strategic” policy-making helm. And for those of us living in Israel, well, it is hardly a comforting prospect.

TRUTH dare be told, it is a scarier nightmare than having Islamic terrorists roaming free, inside and outside Israel’s borders.

NOT only that, time and again, the aforementioned demented leaders take pity on the families of terrorists! No kidding.

AT the very least, why aren’t they returned wrapped in pig’s blood??

IN this regard, a particular report caught this investigative journalist’s attention. And even though this terrain is as familiar as the back of this hand, still,

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Israel National News | By Gregg Roman | May 8, 2022

It is almost impossible to summarize the breadth and extent of malevolence this one organization creates in the Middle East and beyond.

A few weeks ago, it was reported that the Biden Administration was seriously considering removing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the U.S. State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). In a recent opinion piece, a member of Israel’s Knesset and a former senior Israeli national security official bewilderingly endorsed the idea. Their affirmation makes the U.S. and Israel less secure.

This initial report set off a massive flurry of diplomatic and media attention, with large amounts of consternation against a move that would free up one of the most egregious terrorist groups in the world to carry on its campaign of chaos, destabilization and bloodshed.

As is well known, the IRGC was created in 1979 to ensure the survival of the Ayatollahs’ regime at home, create a reign of terror that chills Iranians into constant obedience, and act to further Iran’s Shiite extremist ideology around the region and globe.

Its tentacles are supporting conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, to name but a few. The IRGC has also been behind the constant threats to U.S. interests in the region and commercial shipping lanes in the Gulf.

As a result, countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have also designated it as a terrorist organization.

It is almost impossible to summarize the breadth and extent of malevolence one organization creates in the Middle East and far beyond in one article.

Most commentators and opinion-shapers on the issue argued that it was necessary to maintain the IRGC’s place on the FTO list, and to these were joined some top U.S. officials, like Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley.

“In my personal opinion, I believe the IRGC Quds Force to be a terrorist organization, and I do not support them being delisted from the foreign terrorist organization list,” General Milley said at a congressional hearing.

Part of the diplomatic efforts behind the scenes was led by Israel, which is constantly in the crosshairs of the IRGC.

Only a few days ago, the head of the paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps expeditionary unit, known as the Quds Force, General Esmail Ghaani said that Iran supports any groups ready to fight Israel.

With General Milley’s committed position and General Ghaani’s commitment to shed more Israeli blood, it was remarkable to read that two senior Israeli officials wrote in favor of the IRGC’s terrorist delisting.

Israel’s Deputy Minister of Economics and Industry and retired general Yair Golan and former Israeli Deputy National Security Adviser Chuck Freilich wrote in The Jerusalem Post that: “There is no doubt that the IRGC is a heinous terrorist organization, responsible for the murder of Americans, Israelis and others. There are, however, more important issues at stake.”

One has to read that last sentence again.

One has to read that last sentence again.

Here are two senior officials, both steeped in Israel’s security apparatus claiming that sanctioning an organization committed to the murder of Americans and Israelis is not the most important issue at hand.

It is at the same time deeply unnerving and appalling.

It almost defies explanation, until one notices in the bylines of the signatories to the article that both are associated with the MirYam Institute.

Billed as a forum for leading Israeli experts of diverse and varied perspectives, it is unclear what the organization actually does.

On its website, the MirYam Institute reveals to have evolved from the organization Our Soldiers Speak (OSS). That now largely defunct organization was founded by MirYam Institute’s Co-Founder and CEO Benjamin Anthony.

Anthony is not a well-known figure but came to notoriety in 2018, when it emerged that he had taken a $100,000 charitable donation from the Qatari leadership.

At the time, a few Jewish and Israeli figures and organizations were reportedly identified and paid by Qatar to further its interests. While most of the other recipients of Qatari largesse returned the money when found out, Anthony adamantly refused.

“We are very pleased to take every penny we receive and apply it towards the mission statement of our work,” Anthony said when asked if he planned to send the money back after it was disclosed the donation was from Qatar.

Qatar, as is well-known, has extremely close relations with Iran, more than all other states in the region.

In fact, in 2017, Qatar was boycotted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan because of its involvement in terrorism and closeness to Iran. Furthermore, it was accused of helping to fund Iranian-backed regional Shiite militias.

Qatar has a specifically close relationship with the IRGC, recently allowing its senior commanders to come and enjoy, and show off its hard weaponry, at a maritime defense show in Doha.

When Iran wants to get a message across in the past, it has employed commentators and NGOs to argue its case, whether on the JCPOA or other issues.

The article by Golan and Freilich is an aberration in the almost unanimous objection to the removal of the IRGC from the FTO list. Their connection to an organization which has in the past knowingly and unrepentantly accepted lobbyist money from Qatar, a close ally of Iran, is unacceptable.

To continue to support the unsupportable, and try to explain the inexplicable, raises a lot of serious questions.

Golan, Freilich, and Anthony have some explaining to do.

Gregg Roman is director of the Middle East Forum.

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ALAS, the above is merely the tip of the madness within Israel’s top-tier.

AS quoted within the above terrifying analysis:

Israel’s Deputy Minister of Economics and Industry and retired general Yair Golan and former Israeli Deputy National Security Adviser Chuck Freilich wrote in The Jerusalem Post that: “There is no doubt that the IRGC is a heinous terrorist organization, responsible for the murder of Americans, Israelis and others. There are, however, more important issues at stake” ….. 

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BUT it is not as if retired General Golan is an “unknown” commodity. Not at all.

ONE only has to have a familiarity with the ins and outs of Israel’s madness, as exposed back in 2016, that is, during Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less!

CONSEQUENTIALLY, doing so would have ensured that the following national besmirchment by IDF COS Yair Golan – indefensibly, defended by the Defense Minister “Boogie” Ya’alon – would have never passed his lips, nor anyone else’s, while serving the nation as a representative of Israel.

IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan caused an uproar on Wednesday evening over comments he made in a speech during a Yom Hashoah ceremony at the Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Golan said in his remarks that he sees in Israel today evidence of the same processes that occurred in Europe before the Holocaust.

“If there is something that scares me about the memory of the Holocaust, it is the identification of horrifying processes that occurred in Europe in general and Germany in particular – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding evidence of them here among us, today, in 2016,” he said.

The Deputy Chief of Staff went on to say that Holocaust Memorial Day is intended for national soul-searching.

“On Yom Hashoah we should consider our ability to uproot from our midst signs of impatience, signs of violence, self-destruction and moral decline,” said Golan, adding that the Holocaust “should lead us to a deeper reflection on the responsibility of leadership and about the quality of our society and must lead us to think thoroughly about how we, here and now, treat the stranger, the widow and the orphan, and those similar to them.”

Golan’s words caused a storm on social networks. MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) tweeted, “What scares me are baseless and distorted comparisons in the name of the Holocaust, especially when they come from important people such as the Deputy Chief of Staff.”

“What ‘similar’ phenomena does he recognizes among us?! Is anybody here setting up gas chambers and seeking to destroy another nation just because it’s different?! Are you out of your mind?!” he asked.

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ANOTHER demented retired General, yes, having segued into the leftist political cesspool, is none other than,

MOST significantly, madness by any other name is still madness.