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    Twitter could bring about regime change in Iran

    JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday told the United States to use Twitter and other social networking sites to fight against the leadership of arch-enemy Iran. 

    "Iran prevents people from freely accessing the Internet," a senior official quoted him telling parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee.  "Using the Internet and Twitter against the Iranian regime is something extraordinary that the United States can do," he said. 

    Twitter was a favourite media for Iranian demonstrators who had joined opposition protests against the June re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, claiming the vote was fraudulent. 

    On Monday, protesters gathered in Iran to mark the annual Students Day, with many chanting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans. 

    Ahead of Monday's events, the Iranian authorities cut Internet connections and blocked access to several opposition websites

    Israel considers Iran its top enemy after repeated statements by Ahmadinejad that the Jewish state was doomed to be "wiped off the map" and questioning the scale of the Holocaust. 

    Widely considered the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, Israel along with much of the West suspects Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme, a charge Tehran denies.

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