Israel trolls Iran in Twitter
Twitter/US Embassy in Israel
Iran and Israel’s war of words reached new heights, or lows, on Monday in a curt Twitter exchange that has taken the internet by storm.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, levelling anticipated harsh criticism at the Jewish State for its handling of the “Great March of Return” protests along the Gaza border tweeted: “Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen.”
Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen. 7/31/91#GreatReturnMarch
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 3, 2018
Almost a day later, in a manner deemed somewhat “out of character” for a diplomatic mission, the Israeli Embassy in Washington delivered a stinging response.
“Why are you so obsessed with me?” the tweet posted by the embassy read, in the form of an animated GIF featuring the cattish teen character “Regina George” from the hit Hollywood movie “Mean Girls.”
The comedy, which has become a cult-like classic amongst the millennial generation, tells the story of battling high school social cliques and the coming of age for teenage girls. Quotes from the 2004 film are often used as a sarcastic or light-hearted points of reference and have permeated contemporary social interactions and ‘memes', certainly far-removed from interactions between world leaders.
— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUSA) June 4, 2018
Commentators have attempted to decipher the rationale behind the embassy’s response to the Islamic regime, with some viewing it as a clear effort to trivialize the continuous slew of Iranian threats thrown at Israel and others seeing it as a bid to generate attention.
The tweet has since gone viral, garnering over 25,000 likes and over 8000 retweets.
Khamenei has previously branded Israel as “infanticidal”, “barbaric” and the “sinister, unclean rabid dog of the region.” He has also said that Israelis “should not be called humans.” Threats of annihilation and calls to wipe the country off the face of the map, are also common.
In the age of 'Twitter Diplomacy' with US President Donald Trump sending a heads-up on missiles to Syria: 'Get ready Russia', calling North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un a “little rocket man” and also exchaning threats regarding the size of “nuclear buttons”, many are wondering, what next.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
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