Israel targets Iranians online

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's Foreign Ministry on Monday launched a Persian-language website aimed at bringing truthful information regarding the Jewish state to a growing number of Iranians with Internet access.

The current regime in Tehran has been even more vicious than its predecessors in delegitimizing Israel and its right to exist in this region, and Israel sees the Internet as the best way of reaching a large number of Iranians with its own side of the story as quickly as possible.

A Foreign Ministry official noted in remarks to The Jerusalem Post that over 60 percent of Iran's population is under the age of 40, and that about 11 million out of 70 million Iranians today are online, making the Internet “the most effective means of communication to the Iranian people.”

The Israeli website, which can be found at (”Hamdami” means “clarity” in the Persian tongue), features daily news and online interaction between Iranian readers and the Israeli editors.

Israel expects the site to be the target of constant cyber-attacks, considering the threat it poses to the ideology of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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