In a video message posted online Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had some choice words for Iran’s foreign minister: “Delete your account,” Fox News reports.
Netanyahu made the order after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that all Iranians are part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and give their support.
“Today, Iranians – boys, girls, men, women – are ALL IRGC; standing firm with those who defend us & the region against aggression & terror,” Zarif tweeted Saturday.
Zarif’s controversial tweet garnered more than 5,000 “Likes” and was retweeted nearly 900 times. Almost 2,000 Twitter users responded to the post, including many Iranians opposed to the regime and the IRGC.
Netanyahu called the tweet “a whopper,” and said he would “love to know what the Iranian people think of that tweet. Sadly, the regime bans them from using Twitter. Ironic, don’t you think?”
“Apparently I have a higher opinion of the Iranian people than their leaders. See, I’m sure that ordinary Iranians aren’t proud when the Revolutionary Guard murders innocent men and women around the globe. I’m sure that ordinary Iranian mothers and fathers wouldn’t have blown up a Jewish community center in Argentina filled with little children. Because that’s what the Revolutionary Guard did,” Netanyahu said, referring to the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.
Netanyahu said he was “sure that ordinary Iranians aren’t proud when the Revolutionary Guard murders innocent men and women around the globe,” adding, “One day the Iranian people will be free. Free to tweet, free to express how they felt when their dictators compared them to the Iranian version of ISIS.”
“So I have a simple message for Iran’s Foreign Minister: Delete your account,” the prime minister concluded.
The IRGC, a secretive branch of Iran’s Armed Forces, was the subject of scrutiny recently when President Donald Trump authorized the U.S. Treasury Department to impose targeted sanctions against “its officials, agents, and affiliates.”
“Execution of our strategy begins with a long overdue step of imposing tough sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The revolutionary guard is the Iranian supreme leader’s corrupt personal terror force and militia,” Trump said, referring to the IRGC as “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”