After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that Israel is the force behind the anti-government protests throughout Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the allegation “laughable.” Netanyahu also wished the Iranians who have taken to the streets “success in their noble quest for freedom.”

Anti-government protest in Iran

Anti-government protest in Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s claims that Israel is the force responsible for the massive anti-government riots in Iran. Commenting on the protests for the first time since they broke out over the weekend, Netanyahu called the allegation “laughable.”

“I heard today Iran’s President Rouhani’s claim that Israel is behind the protests in Iran,” Netanyahu said in English in a short YouTube video that was released on Monday. “It’s not only false. It’s laughable. And unlike Rouhani, I will not insult the Iranian people. They deserve better. Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets. They seek freedom. They seek justice. They seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades.”

Watch: Netanyahu’s response to Rouhani’s claims

“Iran’s cruel regime wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate,” Netanyahu continued. “This money could have built schools and hospitals. No wonder mothers and fathers are marching in the streets. The regime is terrified of them, of their own people.”


Netanyahu Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

“This regime tries desperately to sow hate between us,” Netanyahu said after he slammed “many” European governments for not doing anything about the situation. “But they won’t succeed. And when this regime finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again. I wish the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom.

Watch: Massive anti-government riot in Iran