'Police in need of a root canal' - Police chief says as new scandal breaks
Boehner denies 'blindsiding' White House with Netanyahu invite
18 recommendations that could determine Israel’s fate before the ICC
Israeli ambassador to US calls Netanyahu address a 'sacred duty'
Scheduling, not Netanyahu, prohibits Obama-Rivlin meeting
Baby miracle for 56-year-old Ethiopian immigrant
More chickens with bird flu culled at north-central kibbutz
Hebrew U. scientists map brains of the blind
‘Policing children’s Web surfing may backfire’
The new advertising world
Israel seeks solutions for 20 million tons of salt set to pile up annually
Israeli innovators receive grants to aid developing world
Tel Aviv-bound United Airlines passengers demand NIS 1.2m. for consecutive canceled flights
Theater Review: Absurd.dot.com
ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Jerusalem ICC, January 22
Nir Bergman’s journey to bring ‘Yona’ to the screen
Emma Watson launches second phase of famous gender equality campaign in Davos
Kiryat Shmona held by Sakhnin, remains in 2nd place
Hap Jerusalem back to rampant form against Herzliya
Soccer player murdered in Kafr Kasim shooting
Sela remains upbeat despite being overpowered by Nadal
Damage to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve feared due to Road 90 roadworks
Jerusalem Lone Soldier center blocked by haredi parties
Egged bus strike averted in late-night deal
Jpost Election Arena: Steinitz warns of great danger if Netanyahu loses
Judge stops Likud recount, giving Hotovely 20th spot on list over Dichter
Gal-On to comptroller: Netanyahu inappropriately using US ambassador for politics
Herzog and Livni's rule liable to bring ISIS to West Bank, Steinitz tells Jpost
Central Election C'tee disqualifies Koolanu's No. 3, Tsega Melaku, from running in election
Hamas operatives in Gaza test-fire several rockets into Mediterranean
Hezbollah in first response since Syria strike: Zionists will fail in attempts to set new rules
Rivlin blasts attack against Druse guard who served in President’s Residence
'Hezbollah promised not to avenge Israeli attack from Lebanese soil'
Report: Iranian general was killed in Israeli strike because he didn't turn off his phone
Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews
Ukrainian Jews look to evacuate city as Jewish woman reportedly killed by shelling
New report on anti-Semitism finds France is most dangerous country for Jews
Kiev to appoint special envoy to combat anti-Semitism
Kippah-wearing Swedish reporter assaulted in Malmo
Nuclear deal will not be reached due to Iran's intransigence, senior diplomatic official says
Kurds drive ISIS out of Kobani after 4-month struggle
WATCH: Saudi Imam says Charlie Hebdo attack is only language Jews and Christians understand
Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages insulting Mohammad
'Israel warns Hezbollah: Don't dare attack our targets abroad'
How did Saudi King Abdullah become a world hero?
Iran and the state of Obama-land
Letters to the editor: Jan. 25
Inappropriate elections tactics
If Palestine joins the ICC, then what?
When will we hear of Jacob’s daughters?
Two revolutions, two outcomes
Oil spill fallout
Arrivals: Securing his own freedom in Israel
Book Review: The lady doth protest too much
Book Review: Translating Patrick Modiano
Hot off the Arab press
Grapevine: A man of many talents
A not so tight budget
This Week in Jerusalem
Mud-slinging and more
Happily Eva After: Ushering in 2015 the Eva way
Giving Beit Shemesh children a helping hand
Red in the South
What’s really at stake in this election: unilateral pullout from West Bank
Iran and Hezbollah – an explosive combination
Striking terror targets in Syria - Israel's rights under int'l law
Anti-Semitism and the battle against Jihad
A song for Shvat: 'Song of the grasses'
אַתְ לְבַדֵך תָבִינִי
La liste de Herzog
Le parti national religieux a un nouveau nom
Promesses et programmes de campagne
Les mots valent mieux que la violence
Coexistence festive à Haïfa
Festival du film juif de Jérusalem, que la lumière soit !
Un autre regard sur l’Ethiopie
Une démocratie tronquée
Hautement qualifiés, fortement motivés
2014, un excellent cru pour l'aliya
Loin de la campagne
Unis contre la terreur islamique
Le califat : rêve ou cauchemar pour l’islam ?
Comment Abbas tire avantage de la mort d’Abou Ein
Frappes en Syrie, Damas accuse Tsahal
Al-Sissi n’est pas Moubarak
Le 11 septembre français ?
Une semaine de deuil
Un éléphant dans un magasin de porcelaine
L'aveuglement de l'Occident
In shadow of Paris attacks, UK faith leaders sign anti-hate declaration
Pope Francis calls for Christian Unity
Birth control ban doesn't mean breed 'like rabbits,' Pope says
Pakistani Christians protest Charles Hebdo
WATCH: Orthodox Christians take the plunge to commemorate Jesus's baptism
Pope says Mass for crowd of over 6 million in Manila, appeals for suffering children
Friends of JNF Australia Visit Negev Communities
International Dental Convention Participants Tour the Negev with KKL-JNF
Holiday Cheer as KKL-JNF Distributes Christmas Trees
The Moshav Movement Honors KKL-JNF
Serbian PM Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations
Sharing and Learning - German Forestry Students Intern with KKL-JNF
Israel and Finland Connect through the Environment
KKL-JNF Experts Visit China for Future Environmental Collaborations
The Shamir Drilling Project
Graduation Ceremony for Rosh HaAyin’s Volunteer Firefighters
Nigerian Forestry Delegation Sees KKL-JNF Desert Afforestation First-hand
In his Footsteps: Heritage Excursions in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin
WMC 2015 Closing Evening Reception
Living on the Edge in the Gaza Periphery
Former UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman at WMC 2015
WMC 2015 Opening Reception at Beit Hatfutsot
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
01.26.2015 | 6 Shevat, 5775
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election
Not all bleak for Netanyahu
China’s moves: US decline, or balance in Asia?
Hanegbi heads to Myanmar for highest-level visit in 35 years
Former ambassador to the US Oren may enter politics on list Kahlon is drafting
MK calls on PM to destroy homes of Jews who murdered Arab teen
Netanyahu: Hamas leaders are legitimate targets, no one is invincible
Kahlon indicates comeback with new ‘framework’
'Israel no better than Chelm for providing electricity to Palestinian companies that boycott it'
Manhattan borough president shows solidarity with Israel visit
Ministers and MKs urge Netanyahu to pound Hamas
Right-wing MKs call to investigate Balad party, ban it from Knesset after Qatar trip
Diplomacy & Politics
Jeans pants 311 (R).
(photo credit:Albert Gea / Reuters)
DUBAI - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have sought to win over Iranians in an interview with British Persian-language television, but a casual assertion that they were banned from wearing jeans won only gentle ridicule from some of his audience on Sunday.Netanyahu has watched with some concern a diplomatic drive by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to build warmer ties with the United States and other Western powers and achieve an easing of sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.But his statements in an interview with the BBC Persian television on the need for Iran to end its uranium enrichment program were somewhat overshadowed by his comments on fashion freedoms allowed to Iranians by their government."I think if the Iranian people had freedom, they would wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections," Netanyahu said in the interview, which was dubbed into Persian and released late on Saturday.That statement drew a barbed reaction from Iran where, though women are required to cover their hair and wear loose clothing in public, jeans are not forbidden, and are worn. Much Western music is illegal, but people find a way to listen to it at home.Dozens of Iranians published pictures of themselves on Twitter on Sunday wearing jeans and addressed their posts to Netanyahu's official Twitter account, saying he was out of touch with Iranians."Mr. Netanyahu, here is a shop selling weapons of mass destruction in Iran," one popular tweet read, showing a picture of a denim shop originally published by an Iranian semi-official news agency."Netanyahu, three days ago I bought a pair of jeans," another Iranian user tweeted.Twitter is blocked by a government filter in Iran, though many Iranians access it through special software to circumvent the block.Netanyahu also said in his interview that the people of Iran and Israel had a "deep friendship into modern times" that had been destroyed by Iran's current theocratic government. He criticized the censorship of social media and satellite channels inside Iran as well as the government's treatment of women and gays."This is not what the Persian people deserve," Netanyahu said.He said the election that had brought Rouhani to power was not free, and that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei holds the real power over the nuclear program. Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons, and says its nuclear program is purely peaceful."I would welcome a genuine rapprochement, a genuine effort to stop the nuclear program - not a fake one. Not 'harfe pooch,'" Netanyahu said, using a colloquial Persian phrase meaning "empty words."
Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com.
Disqus users can post comments automatically.
Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy. If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team.
Sign up for our newsletter
Please insert a valid email address
By signing up to The Jpost mailing list, I hereby