Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a special video addressed straight to the Iranian people, encouraging them to continue to increase their protests against the Iranian government, and hoping for closer ties between Israelis and Iranians in the future.
Netanyahu began by catching a soccer ball and mentioning how hard it is to score a goal on Portuguese professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. The Israeli PM compared the courage the Iranian team showed on the field to that of the courage the Iranians showed in protesting their own despotic government.
“Iran has many problems: air pollution, water scarcity, billions wasted on terror,” said Netanyahu. “Can you imagine what would happen if the Iranian government, instead of wasting your money on Syria, in Yemen, and unnecessary wars in the Middle East, would start investing it in solving these problems in Iran?”
“The solution to all these problems is the Iranian people,” he continued. “That’s why I offered medical aid to save Iranian lives after a devastating earthquake. That’s why I opened a Farsi Telegram group to teach water conservation to Iranian farmers. And that’s why I’ll never stop advocating for peace with the Iranian people.”
“One day, I hope to watch Iran’s soccer team go head-to-head against Israel in a free Tehran,” Netanyahu said.
“On that day, we’ll all be winners,” he concluded.