Netanyahu, Liberman reach out to protesting Iranians

The prime minister and defense minister voiced support for Iranian opponents of the Islamic regime. 

By: TPS 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Iranian people Wednesday for their courageous protest against the Islamic Republic and said he would “never stop advocating for peace with the Iranian people.”

In a Facebook video praising Iran’s performance in the FIFA World Cup, Netanyahu noted the ongoing protests in Tehran and a crumbling Rial currency, saying that the country’s leaders have abandoned the people of Iran in favor of waging wars in other countries.

“Iran has many problems – air pollution, water scarcity, billions wasted on terror….

“Can you imagine what would happen if the Iranian government, instead of wasting money in Syria, in Yemen and unnecessary wars in the Middle East, would start investing in and solving these problems in Iran?” Netanyahu asked rhetorically.

The video was Netanyahu’s third public statement addressed directly to the Iranian people in the past month. Two weeks ago, he spoke about the Iranians’ contributions to the hi-tech industry in Silicon Valley, California, and asked why, if the Iranian people are so innovative, the country is so poor.

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“The answer is in two words: The Regime. Iran’s dictators plunder the country’s wealth. Isn’t it a shame that Iran doesn’t invest in its people. Instead they divert tens of billions of dollars to their nuclear program to the spread of terror around the world,” Netanyahu said.

In a third video, also released in mid-June, Netanyahu offers to share Israeli water technology with Iranians in order to relieve suffering caused by the Ayatollahs.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also threw his support behind the protests in Tehran, where video footage showed protesters carrying signs reading “Death to Palestine,” “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon,” “Leave Syria and think of us,”  “Death to the dictator” and others.

“Citizens of Iran, where is your money going?” Liberman wrote.