Israelis save drowning Iranians
Reuven Weiss
Published: 29.11.11, 13:14
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1. Proper reaction.
Gabe ,   Canada   (11.29.11)
They were just a couple of Revolutionary Guards on a foreign mission.
2. Huh
ray ,   germany   (11.29.11)
What no thank you...! darn their drowning duo manners!
3. Ungrateful s**ts.
Adam ,   Golan Heights Israel   (11.29.11)
Should have dumped them back overboard upon hearing them speak parsi.
4. How is this even considered news?
Sam ,   Tel Aviv   (11.29.11)
Someone's vacation story is national headlines? Get a grip.
5. A fate worse than death . . .
Nick ,   Sweden   (11.29.11)
. . . an expression known to be used in another context. But an iranian owing his life to an israeli? LOL, how deliciously sarcastic !!
6. No. 4 Sam
NYC Girl   (11.29.11)
It's what known as a "human interest story" in the news business and there's nothing unusual about reporting it. But, if nothing else, just think about the fortuitous coincidence that the father happened to have been born in Iran and so he knew they were speaking Farsi. It's just unfortunate that they've probably been so brainwashed by their government that they were too afraid to even thank the men who saved their lives as soon as they found out they were Israeli.
7. They fled because of the Iranian regime
Philos ,   Herzliya   (11.29.11)
If they got caught on camera mingling with Israelis they'd face severe penalties and torture back in Iran. I met a Syrian overseas once and our chat was nice until I said, "You know I've never met a Syrian before. I'm from Israel." He started to tremble and walked away. I was offended until a friend explained that the consequences for a Syrian fraternizing with an Israeli would be bad
8. Nothing personal. They fled due to fear of treason charges.
Yaniv ,   Israel   (11.29.11)
9. Hey! Wait! Thanks!
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.29.11)
Yeah, right. Next time, leave them to drown.
10. next time iranians pull israelis out of the water...
eporue ,   euroep   (11.29.11)
...they DID thank them, much, even though they must have been under shock.... what else were they expected to do ? book a surfing class ?
11. Hugs and Kisses
Douglas Fireman ,   Chicago, USA   (11.29.11)
The Iranians feared Israelis More than drowning in the sea. Ignorance personified.
12. #7 - I had the same experience with Lebanese overseas
William ,   Israel   (11.29.11)
Those that actually continued to speak with me preceded the conversation with "don't worry, I'm Lebanese Christian" That should tell you how much support the Muslims, especially Shia, have among Lebanese.
13. hate mongers
Jay ,   Los Angeles, USA   (11.29.11)
I can only imagine what the Iranian hate propaganda machine tells it's people about Israelis and Jews and Americans and anyone else on their list. Considering that Iran hangs it's gay folk, I wouldn't be surprised at anything they tell their people.
14. #9 SB, Why are you so scared of two miserable Iranians?
Michael ,   California, USA   (11.29.11)
They are your neighbors. What does it say in the Tanah about loving thy neighbor? Boy, am I on the wrong turf here.
15. Good job.Does not matter from where they are from !
olim hadashim ,   tel aviv/israel   (11.29.11)
16. This is not news, why?
Mayer ,   New York   (11.29.11)
Clearly you're not one for news judgement. Why don't you stick with whatever it is you do for work?
17. #14 Michael
David ,   America   (11.29.11)
Michael, Love your enemies does not mean love as the world thinks of love. It means to feed them if they are starving, clothe them if they are naked, or save them if they are drowning. That is exactly what the two Israelis did! It does not mean that Sarah B must suddenly overflow with hearts and flowers with the scum that wants to wipe you, I, herself, and anyone else who is not a part of their religion of hate, off the map! You better wake up. They are your enemy as well. See how much love you can muster for them when they throw a burka over your wife and daughter and slit your western throat.
URBAN POET ,   SAFED ISRAEL   (11.29.11)
URBAN POET ,   SAFED ISRAEL   (11.29.11)
Bravo ,and so much respect to the brave israeli heroes who saved these iranian swimmers who were in danger of drowning.It is never wrong to do the right thing.
21. Tropical seas
sk ,   USA   (11.29.11)
I know all about tropical seas and sudden change of weather. Once I was swimming off the beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka and very quckly a monsoon squall kicked in. The raindrops we big and stung the skin painfully but worse than that the waves got really high I couldn't see the shore! I was only around 75 yards out from the beach. I panicked and swam back as fast as I could, and I survived that incident
22. Turnabout is fair
Terry1usa ,   Houston, Texas   (11.29.11)
Should have taken them hostage and demanded a ransom. Also, take pictures of them eating pork sausage and turn them into spies by threatening to publish the photos.
URBAN POET ,   SAFED ISRAEL   (11.29.11)
Once there were 2 iranians ; who were close to being subterraneans , But it does not make good news to go thanking brave jews ;they should have remained in the mediterranean.
24. @17 David, Love thy Neighbor.
Michael ,   California, USA   (11.29.11)
Aren't you generalizing, buddy? Are you calling all Iranians or all of the Muslims scum? Prejudice does penetrate deep, indeed. Brighten up and look below the cloud over your eyes. SB had no reason to call for the death of two miserable Iranians. When you are strong and self confident, you do not wish death to others. But when you are shaking in you pants, you do want others to die. Look around, there may be a Muhammad Ali in your neighborhood in America to protect you.
26. Gratitude doesn't matter. Still the right thing to have done
Marc ,   Portland, USA   (11.30.11)
Good on you lot.
27. #24
Eric ,   Miami, USA   (11.30.11)
Wow can you be any more liberal? Now I'm not a conservative either - I believe that everything in life should be with moderation. Therefore, I am a moderate...but your statement is so extreme (it doesn't matter if it's left or right wing) that it's disturbing. In a perfect world your answer is 100% suitable. Unfortunately, we are not in a perfect world and you are either 1) too dumb to realize it 2) too detached from reality or 3) have no common sense. Of course she doesn't wish death upon random Iranians who potentially could be good people and not people who are more than likely to incite violence. However, the government in Iran controls all media outlets and there is no freedom of speech. Their beliefs are forced down on the average family which turns into a bed of hate for Israel and Israelis. Therefore, an educated person would know that the ODDS (the statistics) of a pro-Israel Iranian is highly unlikely. Now, there is nothing wrong with a person disliking another person. If a person doesn't like me it doesn't mean I won't save their life. But when the "highest form of society" (their government) calls for death to the Jews, that is incitement...and I am willing to bet that if those Iranians (who ran away from the Israelis) had weapons, they would have used them. Sorry, but if I knew they were Iranian and couldn't see if they had a weapon in their swimsuit, I would have let them drown. Call me a bad person but that is REALITY. I will put my life first before other strangers, and I ESPECIALLY will not risk my life for the (statistically speaking) enemy. Yes it is a generalization and we aren't stupid. We realize that not all Iranians hate Israelis. Put yourself in the Israelis shoes. If you were those lifeguards and you KNEW they were Iranians, you would have saved them? I think that is what Sarah B was trying to say. I wouldn't have saved them. In MY mind, I would be risking my life...and there's no way I'm going to do that for a person who (ODDS are) not only hates me but wants to kill me.
28. A little more consistency is needed!
Ruth ,   San Diego USA   (11.30.11)
Since Iranian athletes routinely forfeit their events by refusing to compete with Israelis, shouldn't these guys have thrown themselves back into the water to drown rather than accept having their lives saved by the Zionist Entity?
29. In the words of a famous American general...
Eliot ,   Boston, USA   (11.30.11)
"Save them all, let G-d sort them out."
30. Cognative Dissonance
Another Anon ,   USA   (11.30.11)
As the subject says. A lifetime of being taught that "The Jooz" are the enemy, then actually having your lives saved by them, could have devastating effects on one's psyche. Let's just hope they resolve their existential crisis in a positive way, and get over the whole "enemy" mentality.
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