Israeli Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel during a meeting with a group of Iranian journalists and activists in London on September 6, 2023

Israel’s Intel Minister Urges Iran Opposition To Unite Against Regime

Thursday, 09/07/2023
Benjamin Weinthal

Benjamin Weinthal is a writing fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Israeli intelligence minister, Gila Gamliel, on Wednesday met Iranian journalists and activists in London, where she called on Iran’s opposition to unite. 

She also was in the British capital to promote a campaign to sanction the IRGC as a terrorist organization. The meeting was unique because as a senior Israeli official she met with Iranian reporters and activists and she also said that she wants to put the focus on the IRGC, and convince European countries to sanction Iran's Revolutionary Guard, the IRGC.

The United States government sanctioned Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2019, but European states have hesitated to take the step, although they have imposed many sanctions on IRGC officials and entities.

The Israeli minister said wishes to send “support messages to the Iranian people and that the West should be with the Iranians and not make it easy for the regime.”

She also talked about the importance of unity among the Iranian opposition figures and groups and how opinions should be respected and not be a reason for discord. The main goal should be against the regime, and this is the reason that she met with Prince Reza Pahlavi and she meets all kinds of opposition groups.

(Right to left) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu, Iran’s exiled prince Reza Pahlavi and his wife Yasmine Pahlavi, and Israeli Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel in Israel

Iran’s exiled Prince Pahlavi made a historic trip to Israel in April, where Gamliel hosted him and his wife. Pahlavi also met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israelis of Iranian descent. At the time, the Israeli minister tweeted in Hebrew that "The visit of the Iranian crown prince that I led this week is only the beginning on the way to bringing hearts together and building bridges between the nations.“

Gamliel’s visit comes a little more than a week ahead of the one year anniversary of the Iranian regime’s murder of the 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who was killed while in the custody of the notorious hijab police. The regime’s infamous morality police fatally wounded Amini for her alleged failure to properly wear her hijab.

Gamliel also issued two postings on X, formerly known as Twitter, about her meetings in London. She wrote an “important meeting with activists who are against the regime.” She noted the Iranian regime is not just a problem for Israel but for the entire world and Tehran spreads its weapons across the globe.

Gamliel also talked how the Islamic Republic is a murderous and violent regime. “The Iranian people and Israel should join hands and be united and solve the problem that bothers the world, “said the source about the minister’s comments. “She mentioned many Iranian victims in the protests, the children, the girls and many others.”

She stressed that “her goal is to change the opinions of leaders in the West so they go for sanctioning Iran and the IRGC. This is the reason that she meets a lot of leaders in the West, Italy, London and in the US.”

Gamliel wrote in the Israeli Maariv newspaper on International Women's Day in March, "The citizens of Iran are not Israel's enemies. Peaceful relations, respect and appreciation prevailed between the peoples for many years" before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 

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