Ira­ni­ans ‘op­pose Syria role’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

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.

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