WATCH: The Israeli Prime Minister reached out in a video with Persian subtitles to the Iran’s civilian population the day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, saying we know you “want to be able to speak freely, to love who you want without the fear of being tortured or hung from a crane.”
Acknowledging he has addressed the Iranian leadership countless times, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday reached out to ordinary Iranians, calling them to break away from the shackles of Islamic authoritarianism via a video message posted to social media.
I hope this message reaches every Iranian—young and old, religious and secular, man and woman. pic.twitter.com/ieC2Aajmzl
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 21, 2017
Speaking in English with Persian subtitles, the Israeli leader said people in the Islamic Republic, Israel’s main regional foe, would “want to be able to speak freely, to love who you want without the fear of being tortured or hung from a crane.”
“Tragically, you are shackled by a theocratic tyranny. In a free Iran you will once again be able to flourish without limit. But today, a cruel regime is trying to keep you down.”
The address came one day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.
“I plan to speak soon with President Trump about how to counter the threat of the Iranian regime, which calls for Israel’s destruction,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu hopes to convince Trump to take a tougher stance on Iran, aides to the leader told Bloomberg after the US election in November.
A senior Israeli official reportedly said that Netanyahu had already convened with national security advisors and begun to formulate a plan.
While the goal may stop short of killing the multilateral nuclear deal, Netanyahu is expected to tell Trump that the US needs to take a harder line against Iran’s military program and lead a more concerted global effort to keep the Islamic Republic’s regional aspirations in check, a senior Israeli official said.
“The urgent task is to stop Iran from becoming a superpower in the region, something that has been occurring for some time now,” said retired Major General Yaakov Amidror, Netanyahu’s former national security adviser.
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