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Netanyahu Attacks “Messianic Apocalyptic Cult”

At the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Benyamin Netanyahu takes aim against the easy target of Iranian theocracy:

The Iranian regime is basically a messianic apocalyptic cult. There is a pathological stream to militant Islam that has suicidal elements, the cult of blood, the cult of death, and the cultivation of fantasy. An ideology based on fantasy is what makes militant Islam very different from any other ideology – including the cold war communist Russia and China, equipped nuclear weapons.

Of course, Netanyahu wouldn’t want to have anything to do with a “messianic apocalyptic cult”, would he?

Here’s Netanyahu with Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, the distinguished Israeli Kabbalist who died in 2006 aged around 106. Shortly before his death, he prophesised that Sharon would be last Prime Minister before the coming of the Messiah, and he declared that

The revolution has begun…We want a monarchic regime in place of the current fascist regime which only pretends to be democratic. And we want the Temple of Jerusalem.

Kaduri called Israel “fascist” because of the Gaza withdrawal; evoking the Holocaust against political opponents is fairly commonplace on the Israeli far-right.

And here’s Netanyahu with another “messianic apocalyptic” leader. No commentary necessary with this one, I think.

(Hat tip: Cult News Network)

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