Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued Monday with his diplomatic campaign against Iran and its involvement in Syria during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, Israel's most striking moment of the night happened on the internet in a response to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's message on Twitter. "Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken," he wrote on his account.
"Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asia region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen," he warned, reiterating a position he has expressed many times before.
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Merkel, on the other hand, sharply criticized the malicious tweet. "We sharply condemn what the Iranian leadership said," she said, but reiterated her position in favor of the nuclear agreement. Germany still holds the position that the nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump chose not to renew, is the best option for dealing with the Iranian nuclear program.
While Netanyahu has been campaigning against Iran and the country's nuclear efforts for years and attacked Germany's policy on stage with Merkel, the sharpest reaction came from the Israeli embassy in the United States, or rather from its Twitter account.
Taking a short line from the 2004 American teen comedy "Mean Girls," the embassy responded in an entertaining meme that read "Why are you so obsessed with me?"
It is hard to say if Israel's comeback changed the opinion of anyone who was convinced - whether Iran's supporters or Israel's supporters - but in the muddy arena of online diplomacy, the response was certainly appreciated. Even if there were those who wanted to remind Israel that Iran is not the only one obsessing.
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