Two Iranian gents, Mundar and Ali, are kayaking off the coast of Thailand. Their boat overturns and they’re foundering in the water. Fortunately, a couple of Israelis who own a local boating business happen by and save them. Unfortunately, the gratitude of the rescuees toward their Israeli lifesavers doesn’t last long:
When they reached the shore the two, who introduced themselves as Mundar and Ali, hugged and kissed their rescuers and thanked them.
“When we told them we’re Israelis they just got up and fled,” Nimrod noted.
Walter Russell Mead, with tongue firmly in cheek, comments that the Iranians’ reaction “no doubt was due to their strong and principled anti-Zionism; they, like so many others around the world, are careful to separate their opposition to the state of Israel from their warm and fraternal regard for the Jewish people. Only wicked people would think otherwise.”
Indeed! Let’s not impugn the motives of the anti-Zionists who, as we know (because they’re always telling us), are never motivated by anti-Semitism. Speaking of which, let’s take a visit to Egypt, where presidential candidate Tawfiq Okasha reassures us:
Not all the Jews in the world are evil. You may ask: Tawfiq, what is the ratio? The ratio is 60-40. Sixty percent are evil to varying degrees, all the way to a level that words cannot describe, while 40% are not evil. They, however, are divided into three categories: One group consists of the non-evil, another group consists of the non-evil to a lesser degree, and the third group consists of the non-evil to an even lesser degree.
Thanks for crunching the numbers, Tawfiq! I guess we can all be 40 percent less worried now. Though I am a bit curious about the methodology used for your research.