Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says mass anti-government demonstrations in Iran prove that international economic pressure against the Islamic Republic is working.
Netanyahu told an IAF Flight School graduation ceremony that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the international nuclear deal with Iran is causing “economic upheaval” and undermining public support for the hard-line Islamist government.
“Not only has the re-imposition of sanctions not united the Iranian public around the regime, the complete opposite is happening,” he said. “Many in Iran understand that the regime of the ayatollahs is wasting precious resources on foreign military subversion instead of investing in civilian needs at home.”
His view is shared by many in Washington:
#Iran’s corrupt regime is wasting the country’s resources on Assad, Hizbollah, Hamas & Houthis, while Iranians struggle. It should surprise no one #IranProtests continue. People are tired of the corruption, injustice & incompetence of their leaders. The world hears their voice. pic.twitter.com/1iw9JAXKC0
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 27, 2018
As Breitbart Jerusalem has reported, Iran’s capital Tehran has been the scene of daily protest this past week.
Although thousands of Iranians are rebelling over the Islamic Republic’s decision to spend money on Iran’s adventurism abroad instead of helping fuel its troubled domestic economy, President Hassan Rouhani blamed the protests on “foreign media propaganda” and reportedly accused the United States of waging “an economic war” against his country.
For his part, Mr. Netanyahu says Israel will apply pressure wherever it sees the opportunity.
“We will continue to act in full force against the Iranian plan to use Syria as a deadly missile launching base against us,” he said.
“Our Air Force is stronger than ever and we ensure it has the best weapons, technology and above all the people Israel has to offer,” Netanyahu added.
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