Netanyahu touched on many topics during the interview, but one particular comment has dominated the headlines this week: a fashion-related faux pas that has launched a flurry of angry responses from the very people he was hoping to woo.
"I think if the Iranian people had freedom, they would wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections," Netanyahu said in the BBC interview.
This, however, is but a half-truth.
Clothing is restricted in Iran, but jeans are not an issue. According to the New York Times, jeans were "regarded as a despicable symbol of the United States" in the years immediately after the 1979 Islamic Revolution; however, jeans are now "as ubiquitous" in Iran as they are in most other nations in the world.
As for music, Reuters says that while a lot of Western music is illegal, Iranians do find ways to listen to it in private.
Netanyahu's misstep has not gone down well with some Iranians -- many of whom have taken to Twitter in recent days to complain about -- and ridicule -- the statesman's comment.
As Iranians flood the Twitterverse with photographs and scathing words, the hashtag #IranJeans and #Jeans have both been trending on the social network: