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Netanyahu’s Twitter Fail

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By / October 8, 2013

Remember last year when a group of Israelis made a series of “We Love You Iran” YouTube videos in an effort to subvert the de facto enmity between the two countries? The feelings were mutual, and the whole exchange was heartwarming and inspiring and reminded us all that the opinions of a country’s citizens can be quite different from those of their government.

This past week, Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to rally Iranian citizens against their country’s nuclear weapon program by highlighting their lack of civil liberties. In an interview with BBC Persia, Netanyahu attempted to appeal to the citizens of Iran with the following statements:

If the people of Iran were free, they could wear jeans, listen to Western music and have free elections. You, the Persians, will never get rid of this tyranny if it is armed with nuclear weapons. For God’s sake, don’t let them have nuclear weapons.

If this sounds a bit desperate, that’s because it was. But the main problem was that Netanyahu did not really have his facts straight. Just after the statements, Iranians took to Twitter to let the world know that Western music and culture is a part of their lives.

And, if Netanyahu’s statements come across as a #fail, that’s only because his information was a bit outdated. It is true that many progressive Iranians don’t agree with the views of their current leaders who were all preapproved prior to the election. Perhaps a more educated dialogue between the people of Iran and Israel might still prove helpful in the future.

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