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Israel’s Covert War With Iran Escalates

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Six days after Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz vowed to prevent Iran from transferring advanced technology to its Shi’a proxies in the Middle East, Colonel Sayyad Khodaei, a senior official of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, was assassinated in broad daylight in Tehran.

The timing was hardly coincidental, given Israel’s under-the-radar battle against Iran on several different fronts. As one Israeli commentator wrote, “Israel’s counter-terrorism campaign has spread from hitting Iranian facilities in Syria into Iran itself.”

On May 16, Gantz said that Israel would “continue to act against any enemy” that threatens Israel’s security, and would “prevent the transfer of advanced capabilities from Iran that endanger the citizens of Israel and harm the stability of the entire region.”

On May 22, two unidentified figures on a motorcycle rode up to the Kia Pride car he was driving in the heart of the Iranian capital and fired five shots at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Israel did not take credit for the strike against Khodaei, but it bore the hallmarks of an Israeli operation, reminding observers of the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists in Tehran some years ago and of the 2020 assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist in charge of Iran’s nuclear program.

At first, surprisingly enough, Iran did not directly blame Israel for Khodaei’s death. Instead, the Quds Force accused “global arrogance,”........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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