Actually Barak said "dictatorships in the Arab world, including the Iranian one." If you accept that the interview was either in Hebrew and probably imprecisely translated or else in English, not his native language, then perhaps he meant "as well as" rather than "including". However, the Arabs are not a race any more than the Jews are. They are a culture based initially on the spread of Islam from Arabia and the adoption of Arabic as a language. Had Persia succumbed to the influence of Arabic and stopped using Farsi, then Iran would be called an Arab country. Consider how one small north African group, the Berbers, have kept their ancient language and are therefore not considered to be Arabs although racially they are closer to Moroccans and Tunisians than Saudis. Arabs are classed as Semites but that is a language group not a racial definition. So Arabs, Israelis and Ethiopians are all Semitic but not necessarily racially connected. For example, had Islam not lost Spain then modern day 'Spaniards' would speak Arabic and be classed as arabs just as Moroccans are on the other side of the Straights of Gibralter. As for Barak, he may or may not be racist, may or may not be naive. He is a mediocre politician at best; about average for most of the Middle East. Finally, Aryian (or Indonesia-European) is also a language group. Most of Europe is Aryan (famously Hiltler claiming Germans and Austrians to be Aryans). Are Pakistanis, Iranians and Afghans the sane race as the 'ethnic' English, German or French peolpe? Clearly not.
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from the article: Barak to Haaretz: Iran won't drop nuclear bomb on Israel