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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attracted the online ire of Iranians on Thursday after he made the false assumption that wearing jeans is not permitted in Iran. In an interview with BBC Persian television on Sunday, he said that "I think if the Iranian people had freedom, they would wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections."

Those comments touched off a series of angry, occasionally jokingly outraged tweets as Iranians posted pictures of their denim wares online for all to see. The country loosened restrictions on social media last month, and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani even spoke with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey last week.

Netanyahu's remarks came in the context of the Israeli Prime Minister's broader stance that Iran's more open demeanor is a ruse, or in his words, "a wolf in sheep's clothing."


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