So apparently Netanyahu's speech contained the following statement:
We're an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies. The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.
Netanyahu seems to forget that the Iranians are an ancient people too.
I didn't listen to the speech and didn't read the text so at first when I was told that he had referred to the Book of Ezra, I was confused because the "Persian potentate" there was Cyrus the Great (not be confused with not-so-great yours truly) who famously heard the command of the Lord God to free the Jews from Babylon and help them return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. That's why Cyrus is referred to by God Almighty himself as “My anointed King" .
But turns out Netanyahu's actual reference was to Purim and the Book of Esther.
And this is actually a worse misrepresentation of the bible.
Netanyahu falsely says that Haman was "a powerful Persian viceroy" when actually Haman was an Amalekite (not a Persian) -- a descendant of the Amalek people whom God supposedly
told the ancient Hebrews to exterminate (men, women, children and even farm animals.)
In the bible story itself, Haman is identified as an "Agagite." Agag was the name of the king of the Amalek who was taken prisoner by King Saul (corrected) who also spared his life and that of his children and wives etc.
However, and again I'm not making this up -- it is in the bible -- the Prophet Sameul didn't think this was appropriate, because God had commanded them to massacre all the Amalek. So the Prophet Samuel declared that King Saul no longer had the blessings of God, and he proceeded to personally butcher the tied-up Agag and his entire family right then and there.
Furthermore, in the story of Esther, it was in fact the Persian potentate Xerxes who married Esther after rejecting his previous wife (who refused to show her beauty by removing her veil) and thus saved the Jews from Haman's plot. Esther had been introduced to the King by her uncle/cousin Mordechai, who was a high ranking official in the Persian king's court.
Oh and btw, and this included a reverse massacre of Haman's family and 70,000 other people by the ancient Jews.
That's the reality of Purim, according to the bible itself.
Frankly, in all this, the Persians emerge as the most level-headed ones.