While Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to comment on the now-deleted tweet on the “PM of Israel” account mentioning a meeting with Arab nations and a “common interest of war with Iran”, the message has already reached Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter to blast a now-removed tweet posted on the official account of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office the other day that appeared to mention a “common interest of war with Iran” that Tel Aviv and a handful of Arab nations could share as “Netanyahu’s illusions”:
Some of Zarif’s followers shared his stance, suggesting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to “gain support for war and more destruction”:
Others, however, maintained that the initial tweet by the PM of Israel was a misleading translation from Hebrew:
Netanyahu’s office removed a Wednesday tweet posted ahead of a key conference on the Middle East, co-hosted by Poland and the US. It was spotted by several journalists, who noted that the initial tweet with the “war” part was later replaced by “combating Iran”.
While some suggested that it could have been the result of a mistranslation from Hebrew, others insisted that Netanyahu did say the word “war” and tried to erase it from history.
“From here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran. What is important about this meeting — this meeting is not in secret, because there are many of those — is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran”, the now-deleted tweet read.
The Israeli prime minister, who has become increasingly open about the IDF’s activities in the region, has yet to confirm or deny whether it was a misleading translation, a Freudian slip, a Kinsley gaffe, or something else.
The remark came amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, with the former consistently expressing concern over Tehran’s alleged “entrenchment” in the region, namely in Syria. Tel Aviv has blasted Tehran for its purported efforts to expand its clout in Syria and establish a permanent military presence in the Arab Republic.
The Israeli Defence Forces have been conducting airstrikes against what they claimed were Iranian military targets in Syria, while Tehran has on a multitude of occasions argued that it has only been sending military advisers to Damascus to help it fight terrorism.
Iran has also ramped up its rhetoric against Israel, promising to wipe it off the political map.
On 28 January, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps second-in-command Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said that “if Israel takes any action to wage a war against us, it will definitely lead to its own elimination and freeing of occupied territories. Iran’s strategy is to remove the Zionist regime from the political map, and the Israelis contribute to this by their criminal activities”.
Several weeks ago, Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh made a related comment, saying that “current and future generations [of air force pilots] are impatient and ready to fight against Israel and eliminate it from the Earth”.