As the people of Iran take to the streets to protest their government, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that Israel and the United States were behind the protests. The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon reports that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu denied the claim while also wishing the people of Iran success in their quest for freedom:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s claim that Israel is behind the antigovernment street protests in the country is “not only false, it’s laughable,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, breaking his silence on the developments in Iran since the protests began on Thursday.
Diplomatic officials said Netanyahu had kept silence on the protests because of a concern that whatever he would say would be manipulated by the regime in Tehran to the detriment of the protesters, but that he decided to speak out when Rouhani publicly blamed Israel.
Rouhani on Monday was quoted by state media as blaming the United States and Israel for the protests.
“Our success in the political arena against the United States and the Zionist regime was unbearable to [Iran’s enemies],” he said. “Iran’s success in the region was unbearable to them. Don’t you expect that they would seek revenge? Don’t you think they would provoke some people?”