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Iran Prefers Obama

Iranian Figure: 'If Barack Obama Enters White House, Islam Will Have Conquered Heart Of American Civilization'

President Ahmadinejad: 'U.S. Establishment Will Not Let Obama Win Presidential Election'

Menashe Amir: 'Iranian Foreign Ministry Believes Obama, Clinton & McCain Have Similar Policies Toward Iran'

Menashe Amir and David Essing in IsraCast Studios (©IsraCast)

How does Iran view the possibility that Barack Hussein Obama, a former Muslim, might win the U.S. presidential election? Menashe Amir, an Israeli expert on Iran, says not only Iran but also the rest of the Muslim world, will view it as victory for Islam. In an interview with IsraCast, Menashe Amir quoted an important Iranian personality who declared: 'If Obama enters the White House, Islam will have conquered the heart of American society!' However, President Ahmadinejad has said that he did not believe the U.S. establishment would let Obama win.

Barack Hussein Obama

'If Barack Hussein Obama wins the U.S presidential election, Muslims will view it as a victory and forget that he converted from Islam to Christianity' - that's the view of Israeli analyst Menashe Amir. In fact one leading Iranian personality recently said: 'If Obama enters the White House, Islam will have conquered the heart of American society'. However, President Ahmadinejad expressed concern that the U.S. establishment would not allow the Democratic frontrunner to win the presidential election. On the other hand, the Iranian foreign ministry did not foresee any meaningful change in U.S. foreign policy and that Obama, Clinton and McCain had more or less a similar approach to Iran.

Menashe Amir in IsraCast Studios (©IsraCast)

At the same time, Iran is still deeply concerned that the U.S. might launch a preemptive strike against its nuclear facilities. The recent Bush visit to Israel aroused concern in Tehran over what the U.S. president had discussed with Israeli leaders. Just back from a lecture tour in Europe, Menashe Amir said there is a growing awareness among Europeans of the Iranian nuclear threat. They realize that the Iranians are developing a new ballistic missile coded 'Ashura' with a range of 6,000 kilometers that would be able to hit European capitals. Amir went on to say the real battle is between Iran, which views itself as the leader of the Islamic world, and Christianity which represents Western civilization. Ahmadinejad and also Ayatollah Khomeini viewed Judaism and the state of Israel as part of Christianity. Moreover, Ahmadinejad has stated: 'Wiping Israel off the map will be but the first phase of our confrontation with Western civilization'. In Menashe Amir's view, Iran sees Christianity as the main enemy of Islam.

Menashe Amir in IsraCast Studios (©IsraCast)
Menashe Amir and David Essing in IsraCast Studios (©IsraCast)
Menashe Amir and David Essing in IsraCast Studios (©IsraCast)


Menashe Amir

Menashe Amir is an Israeli expert on Iran and Arab Affairs, formerly head of the Israel Broadcasting Authority's Persian language division and the chief editor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Persian language website.


David Essing

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