In a Twitter video posted Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the Iranian regime’s fanatical enmity toward the Jewish state and condemned Tehran for crushing “"the creative and competitive spirits of its people."
To make his point, Netanyahu told the story of Alireza Karimimachiani, an Iranian wrestler who was allegedly told to throw his match in the U23 World Championships to avoid competing with an Israeli wrestler in the next round.
"I never imagined I'd say this, but I think Iran's hostility to Israel can be summed up by the experience of a single Iranian wrestler named Alireza," Netanyahu said.
I never imagined I'd say this... pic.twitter.com/vcjk7i0a6Q— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 4, 2017
“You see, Iran forbids its athletes from competing against Israelis,” Netanyahu said. “Now, that’s not surprising given that the regime in Tehran calls for the destruction of all Israelis, the destruction of Israel.”
Netanyahu related how Karimimachiani said he felt how his whole world had come to an end as his dream of becoming a world champion wrestler was crushed by the Iranian regime’s policy of hatred.
"It's the people of Iran who pay the price,” Netanyahu said on Twitter.
"Just imagine, a government forbidding its athletes from competing against blacks, gays, or Arabs," he said. "The Iranian regime would rather see its athletes lose than compete against Israelis."
To stand up to the hatred, to “honor and inspire future Alirezas,” Netanyahu issued a challenge to everyone watching his video.
"I want you to film yourself playing a sport against someone of a different nationality, a different faith, or a different color. I want you to compete like hell — we're all for competition," Netanyahu said.
"Then I want you to shake hands, go out for a drink together, and then upload this to social media. I want you to show Iran's regime that hating others will never make you a champion. It only makes you a pathetic and insecure loser."
"Alireza: I want you to know that the tyrants who made you take a fall will fall themselves," Netanyahu said. "A regime that crushes the creative and competitive spirits of its people — that regime is doomed."
"So are those who threaten to destroy the Jewish state," Netanyahu concluded. "They'll go down for the count."
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