Iranians ‘oppose Syria role’
LIKE OTHER intelligence services around the world, Israeli intelligence has little information on the grassroots anger among working-class Iranians, which seems for now to be the motivating factor of the protests across Iran.
However, Israel has been following closely a related argument within the Iranian leadership over whether to continue investing billions in entrenching Iran’s presence in Syria.
The Rouhani government is against these plans, which are being pushed by more hard-line elements of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and would prefer to invest this money in the domestic economy.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a video in which he responded to claims made by Iran’s leadership that Israel was somehow behind the unrest in their country.
Mr Netanyahu said the claims were “laughable” and an insult to the Iranian people who “deserve better”.
He said the demonstrators were brave to “risk everything for freedom” and criticised European governments for what he termed their silence. He predicted Iran and Israel would be “great friends once again” when the current regime falls.