Since the demonstrations in Iran started, more than 320 individuals have passed away. But it could get worse as Israeli intelligence warns Iran is mulling terror attack on world cup.
In light of escalating anti-regime rallies, the head of Israeli Military Intelligence has cautioned this week that Iran is considering an attack on World Cup stadiums in Qatar. Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva stated that he anticipates Tehran officials to become more frustrated in the face of the now months-long “anti-hijab” protests, rendering the likelihood of a significant terror strike greater.
“There is a real concern within the regime that it endangers the regime. At this stage, I do not see a risk to the regime…. but as the pressure on Iran increases, including internal pressure, the Iranian response is much more aggressive, so we should expect much more aggressive responses in the region and in the world,” Haliva said.
“I am telling you that the Iranians are now considering attacking the World Cup in Qatar as well,” he said. “The only thing holding them back is how the Qataris will react.”
He made the remarks on Monday in Tel Aviv, just before a defense conference. He described the ongoing demonstrations in the Islamic Republic as “extremely exceptional” and saying they were quickly evolving into a “civilian rebellion” as they have progressively engulfed university campuses and major city streets.
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“The death toll, the attacks on national symbols — this is very troubling for the regime, especially combined with sanctions, the existing international pressure, and the difficult economic situation,” the military intel chief described.
Benny Gantz, the outgoing defense minister, endorsed the assessment regarding the World Cup and asserted that Iran is prepared to sow unrest abroad.
Iranian leaders have meanwhile claimed that the turmoil and protests are the result of a foreign conspiracy, with Israeli and US intelligence fueling the growing violence that has claimed dozens of police and security force members. Since the demonstrations started, more than 320 individuals have passed away. The “rioters” have been condemned by authorities.
It is still completely unknown whether the allegations that Iran may be preparing an attack on the World Cup are supported by solid intelligence. It appears that Israeli officials are making more speculative charges than usual whenever a significant international event in the Middle East is covered by the media.