Israel’s Ex-Intel chief admits country’s role in Soleimani’s assassination
Jerusalem: Israel’s former intelligence chief admitted that the country was involved in the US-led drone strike targeting Iran’s top ranking general Qassem Soleimani in January 2020. This was the first ever public acknowledgement of part Israel played in the assassination which shook the Iranian nation.
Gen. Qassem was the head of the Quds Force which is an elite branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and assisted Iran in building presence across the middle-east through various splinter groups loyal to the Iran’s government.
After receiving intelligence of Gen. Qassem’s presence at the Baghdad airport, US and its allies carried out a drone strike when Soleimani was on his way to meet various Iraqi officials after landing at the airport.
In the weeks after the assassination, different media outlets gave reports of the Israeli involvement but there were no official reports originating from Israeli officials.
But Ex-intelligence Chief, Maj. Gen Tamir Hayman, broke the silence in an interview conducted by a magazine closely affiliated with Israel’s intelligence services.
“Assassinating Soliemani was our biggest achievement because the biggest enemy in my opinion, is Iran.” He also added, “This is one of the two major assassinations organized by our nation’s intelligence during my term.”
Hayman also claimed that Soliemani was the biggest driving force behind the increasing Iranian presence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon which makes Israel vulnerable.
The assassination of Iran’s top ranking military official sparked a series of protests across the country where numerous government and military officials called the operation unlawful promising appropriate reply form the country’s military.