A group of exiled Iranian regime critics published a congratulatory letter to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday, urging him to support Iranian democracy and continue the Jewish state’s campaign to stop the ayatollah regime’s nuclear ambitions and state terrorism.
In the letter, the Iranian dissidents blasted the Iranian regime’s genocidal threats against Israel and the Jewish people while simultaneously oppressing and impoverishing the Iranian people.
“For more than four decades, threatening the existence of the State of Israel and hatred of the Jewish people has been an inseparable component of the Islamic Republic’s rule,” the letter reads. “In addition to its promotion of international terrorism, the regime has produced nothing but poverty, economic bankruptcy, suppression, and a myriad of social problems for the people of Iran.”
The Iranian regime critics stressed the importance of overthrowing the Islamic regime in Tehran for the sake of Iranian freedom and security for Israel and the Jewish people.
“Iranians, specifically in the past several years, have gone out onto the streets many times and bravely protested against the Islamic Republic – protests that were suppressed in the most ruthless manner possible. For these reasons, both the prosperity and democratic future of Iranians and the safety of Israeli citizens and the Jewish people require the overthrow of this ideological, medieval regime that is on the cusp of acquiring a nuclear bomb.”
The anti-regime Iranians indirectly praised former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran policy by urging Bennett to “continue your nation’s correct policy of the past several years of weakening the terrorist forces of this regime, especially the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps], with increased decisiveness. The regime that massacres Iranian protesters in streets across our country is the head of the octopus whose tentacles are the terrorists who extend insecurity to the state of Israel and other nations in our region.”
Netanyahu made the fight against the ayatollah regime state terrorism and nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his foreign policy and frequently clashed with the former Obama administration on the Iranian nuclear issue. Netanyahu also repeatedly stressed the historic friendship between Jews and Persians and expressed hope that diplomatic relations between Iran and the Jewish state would resume in a future post-ayatollah era. In a 2018 video, Netanyahu offered water technology to the water starved Iranian people.
“The Iranian people are victims of a cruel and tyrannical regime that denies them vital water. Israel stands with the people of Iran,” Netanyahu said.
The authors of the letter urged Bennett to support the emerging Iranian anti-regime protest movement to gain freedom with the assistance of anti-censorship and anti-filtering technology.
Many Iranian regime opponents feel abandoned and even betrayed by the West’s unwillingness to confront the Iranian regime’s systematic human rights violations. In 2009, the Iranian regime brutally crushed the Iranian Green Protest Movement while the Obama administration largely remained silent. Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren who served in Washington during the Obama years, concluded that former U.S. President Barack Obama prioritized a nuclear deal with the ayatollah regime over freedom and prosperity for the Iranian people.
Bennett is a political hawk who shares Netanyahu’s opposition to a nuclear bomb in the hands of the ayatollah regime. However, unlike his predecessor, Bennett has stressed that he seeks to restore bipartisan U.S. support for Israel and has so far prioritized improving relations with the Biden administration.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.