(TPS) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the Iranian people this week for their courage in protesting against the regime, and said he would “never stop advocating for peace with the Iranian people one day,” a thinly veiled call on Iranians to overthrow the leaders of the Islamic Republic.
In a Facebook video praising Iran’s performance in the FIFA World Cup, Netanyahu seized on ongoing protests in Tehran and a crumbling Rial currency and said the country’s leaders have abandoned the people of Iran in favor of waging wars in other countries.
The video was Netanyahu’s third public statement addressed directly to the Iranian people in the past month; two weeks ago, he spoke about Iranians’ contributions to the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley, California, and asked why, if the Iranian people are so innovative, the country is so poor.
“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.”