In a sophomoric move that surely could alienate some supporters, the Israeli Embassy to the United States has created a fake “LinkedIn” profile of the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, mocking his assertion that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons. In the fake profile, Rouhani calls himself a “nuclear proliferation expert.”
“I’m a career politician, expert public relations professional, leading international salesman, and longtime advocate of nuclear proliferation,” the fake profile reads.
“Rouhani” also says that in an unending p.r. campaign, he has rebranded Iran as a peaceful nation, pretending to negotiate as it acquires nuclear weapons.
“All the while, I have ensured our regime maintain its role as the worldwide leading sponsor of worldwide terror activities.”
LinkedIn is of course a networking site for professionals.
Does this kind of stuff work? The Embassy takes credit for the hamhanded parody here. Thanks to Avi Mayer on twitter. I see that Emily Hauser is on it here, and also calls it an embarrassment to supporters of Israel. “This kind of amateur hour performance is an embarrassment, pure and simple—and it does little but strengthen the impression shared by many across the globe (including many Jews both inside and out of Israel) that the fear-mongering has always been more about distracting the world from the occupation of Palestinian lands than it has been about Iran.”