Iranians are furious with their government for not behaving more like Israel when it comes to the well-being of its soldiers, reported The Times of London.
Last week, Tehran confirmed that five Iranian soldiers had been abducted on the Pakistani border by a radical Sunni Muslim group, and that one of those soldiers had been executed when Iran refused to meet the kidnappers’ demands.
The public outcry on social networks Twitter and Facebook was immediate and harsh.
“Keep saying ‘Death to Israel,’ but they freed 1,027 Palestinians in return for the release of one of their own,” one Iranian wrote on Facebook, referring to the deal Israel made with Hamas to secure the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Another Iranian wrote: “Yes, I admire Israel. The same Israel [our government has] been wanting to wipe off the map. The same Israel who for five years tirelessly did everything to save one of its soldiers.”
It is believed such responses were posted primarily by Iranian expatriates, as access to social networks is limited, at best, inside the Islamic Republic. Posting such harsh criticism of the regime on a public forum is also likely to result in severe punishment.