Update, Monday, Feb. 6: HOT TV has removed the ad.
As Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered an impassioned anti-Israel speech Friday, a smaller fight played out between the two countries over a tablet commercial.
In the teaser, a bored agent for Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, is shown watching TV on his Samsung tablet while in Isfahan, south of Tehran. After the agent begins conversing about the features of the tablet with several Iranian “women” (actually men from an Israeli TV show), one of them presses on the tablet and accidentially blows up a nearby uranium enrichment plant.
The whole scene is depicted as light-hearted, but the message is not. “What? Another mysterious explosion in Iran?” one of the character asks. It’s a reference to a number of recent explosions at Iran’s military facilities. Iran has blamed many of these explosions on Israel, saying its nuclear program is being targeted.
On Thursday, a top Iranian lawmaker said the country’s parliament was considering cutting trade ties to Samsung, Press TV reported.
Samsung has released a statement distancing itself from the commercial, saying that the commercial had been produced by HOT, the cable operator that aired the ad, according to Israeli news site Haaretz.
But much of the fury has also been directed at Israel.
Head of Majlis Energy Committee Arsalan Fat'hipour said the commercial was “insulting” because it suggested its rival was “powerful enough to easily destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities or assassinate the country’s nuclear scientists.”
At Friday prayers in Tehran, Khamenei issued larger threats against Israel. “From now onwards, we will support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this,” he said.
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