Israeli PM launches Twitter account in Farsi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launches Twitter account in Farsi day before Iranian nuclear deal is reached and uses platform to warn Iranians against pending ‘domestic oppression’

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened a Twitter account in Farsi on Monday in an attempt to reach the Iranian public directly even as he spoke out against the nuclear deal that six world powers, not including Israel, have agreed to with Iran.

An Israeli official told Reuters that Netanyahu would try to convince ordinary Iranians that the deal, which would limit but not eliminate Tehran’s nuclear programme, would hurt them because “the more the regime feels strong and impervious to foreign pressure, the more it increases domestic oppression.”

Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal concluded on Tuesday in Vienna. In talks at the US Congress and UN, he campaigned against the removal of sanctions against Iran, arguing that the influx of cash would finance the country’s regime - which he has compared to ISIS - to support acts of terrorism.

Netanyahu’s account, @IsraeliPM_Faarsi, argued that the nuclear deal would “pave the way for Iran to get nuclear bombs and billions of dollars for terrorism.”

Netanyahu attached a photo of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to his first tweet in Farsi and wrote that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has said Iran should fight the US regardless of the agreement, while Rouhani leads demonstrations expressing hatred.”

The Associated Press reported that Netanyahu’s office said the Farsi account will publish content similar to that of the prime minister’s English and Hebrew accounts.

While social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in Iran, citizens bypass the restrictions and are active on Twitter. Khamenei, Rouhani and Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif tweet on a regular basis and have large followings.

After the Iran deal was inked, at the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Netanyahu echoed the sentiments expressed in his Farsi tweets.

“Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. This is a bad mistake of historic proportions,” the Israeli prime minister said.

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