Iranian media is concerned and fascinated by Israel’s new defense minister, Naftali Bennett. Nearly daily articles in news agencies Tasnim and Fars News, as well as in other popular Iranian media, have focused on Bennett’s statements about Syria, the bodies of terrorists and social media.Bennett is called the “Zionist minister of war” in Tehran, and his appointment has led to concerns about potential changes in Israeli policy. Iran appears to be fascinated by potential Israeli escalation in Syria, reporting on claims that there is discussion in Israel about how to confront Iran in Syria. Fars News reported on Bennett’s calls to have Iranians connected to social media so they can protest. Over recent weeks, Iran’s regime closed the Internet to suppress protests. The report at Fars News quotes Bennett, and notes that the Internet had been shut down due to security threats. However, it appears to give the Israeli defense minister ample space in the discussion. The report from Fars was picked up in Farsi by other media. Mehr News also reported Bennett’s comments and claimed that the government only restricted Internet access to prevent those foreign powers from exploiting protests.However, Mehr News claims that Iran’s government accepts the right of the people to conduct peaceful protests. Mehr News also gave more space to Bennett’s comments than its own regime narrative.Tasnim and Farda News both appear to read Israel Hayom frequently. Farda reported on the “war minister” seeking to “attack Iran in Syria.” It notes that according to Israeli press, “the Islamic Republic is now plagued by internal problems, such as the economic crisis and popular protests.” Tasnim, meanwhile, reported on Sunday the Palestinian responses to Bennett’s claims that Israel would no longer release the bodies of terrorists. Tasnim called the bodies “martyrs.”Iran’s media, by reporting Bennett’s comments, have given him ample space in media areas that are ostensibly pro-Iran regime. Yet readers now see the extent of Israel’s policies regarding Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, and also Israel’s support for Iranians having access to the Internet. Why Bennett’s comments have received so much coverage is unclear. It may be due to his being a new face. It may also be a way to gently critique the government’s closure of the Internet by reporting on critique from abroad.