Saturday , 4 December 2021

Iran dissidents seek Bennett’s support for democracy and counter-terrorism

JPost – A group of Iranian dissidents last Thursday published a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, urging him to support democracy in Iran and continue Israel’s campaign to stop Tehran’s state-sponsored terrorism.The opponents of the theocratic state, who are based outside the Islamic Republic, wrote: “For more than four decades, threatening the existence of the State of Israel and hatred of the Jewish people has been an inseparable component of the Islamic Republic’s rule. In addition to its promotion of international terrorism, the regime has produced nothing but poverty, economic bankruptcy, suppression and a myriad of social problems for the people of Iran.”“Iranians, specifically in the past several years, have gone out onto the streets many times and bravely protested against the Islamic Republic – protests that were suppressed in the most ruthless manner possible,” they wrote. “For these reasons, both the prosperity and democratic future of Iranians and the safety of Israeli citizens and the Jewish people require the overthrow of this ideological, medieval regime that is on the cusp of acquiring a nuclear bomb.”The dissidents called on Bennett to “continue your nation’s correct policy of the past several years of weakening the terrorist forces of this regime, especially the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps], with increased decisiveness. The regime that massacres Iranian protesters in streets across our country is the head of the octopus, whose tentacles are the terrorists who extend insecurity to the State of Israel and other nations in our region.”“To that end, we ask that you decisively and comprehensively support the protests of the varying, but united, groups of the Iranian people, bravely fighting to take charge of their own destiny through a democratic government, which will reestablish peaceful relations with its neighbors and the international community,” the signatories wrote. “We also request that you support the Iranian people with anti-filtering and anti-censorship technology.”The letter concluded with a call for diplomatic relations to be established between a post-Islamic Republic Iranian government and Israel under the title “Cyrus Accords,” a phrase coined by Victoria Coates and Len Khodorkovsky in a February opinion article in The Jerusalem Post.“The Iranian people have consistently and clearly expressed their opposition to the regime’s anti-Israel and antisemitic policies,” the signatories wrote. “We believe that a democratic Iran, supported by its rich culture and history, will be a strategic ally of Israel and a productive member of the international community in establishing peace and stability, specifically in the Middle East. We await the day when the two ancient nations of Iran and Israel, under the auspices of the Cyrus Accords, establish serious political, cultural, economic and technological relations, and we believe that day is closer than ever.”The letter was signed by prominent Iranians in the diaspora, including Saba Farzan, an Iranian-German journalist; Cameron Khansarinia, the US-based policy director of the National Union for Democracy in Iran; Maryam Memarsadeghi, a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute; Majid Mohamadi, a retired academic, writer and Iran analyst; and Fred Saberi, an Iranian-Swedish political analyst of Middle East affairs.