Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a campaign on twitter to uncover “The Real Face of Iran” as the Islamic Republic enters into negotiations with world powers to resolve a dispute over its nuclear program.
One tweet of the campaign displayed a picture of Iranian protesters burning a U.S. flag and holding a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as they marked the 34th anniversary of the siege on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
“The Real Face of #Iran” was written at the top of the picture. The campaign used the hashtag #StopTheCharmOffensive.
“The Real Face of Iran: Retweet and show what @khamenei_ir really thinks about the United States,” one tweet said, showing a picture of Khamenei with a quote from him that said: “The United States is the most hated power in the world.”
“Retweet and Keep the Pressure On. #StopTheCharmOffensive,” another tweet said, displaying a picture of Khamanei with the expression: “Down with the USA.”
The campaign received mixed reactions from twitter followers, with some criticizing it is promoting “hate” and attempting to drag in the United States to confrontation with Iran.
Others supported Netanyahu’s campaign saying Israel should not wait for the West to reign in Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Like we need lessons from you. In the meantime, you put sticks in everyone’s eyes to annoy and provoke them. You’re a poor leader,” said twitter user @flocktard.
“Your concern for the U.S. is odd, if not disturbing. The fact that you are trying to lure us in proves you can’t defend Israel,” said @RapidFireSioux, another tweep.
Twitter user @conqueror80 suggested that Netanyahu instead must show “the world the real face of apartheid Israel?”
“If anyone tries to show the Real Face of Israel -- they often get killed or roughed up by IOF,” said Twitter user.@Chez_Em in response to a tweet by Netanyahu’s office.
One of the supporters of the campaign said: “Iranian leadership sure wants us to believe they are real “friendly”. Lol uh huh....right!”
Another one tweeted to Netanyahu: “You and I and a few others on Twitter see right through the facade; my concern is senior U.S. officials not able to.”
On Thursday Iran began nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva over its nuclear program.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi has signaled that a deal was reached to suspend some of his country’s nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
In response Netanyahu tweeted saying: “If the news from Geneva is true, this is the deal of the century for #Iran.”
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