A top Israeli military intelligence official said Monday that Iran could launch an attack on the World Cup, but could be hesitant because it is unclear how host Qatar will respond.
Major General Aharon Haliva, head of Israel Defense Forces Intelligence, attended a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv on Monday, as protests gripped the country, leading to the end of soccer’s biggest international tournament, the World Cup. talked about how it can affect the championship. .
“Iran is thinking about disrupting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,” Haliva said. “However, the only thing standing in their way is what will be Qatar’s reaction?”
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Protests have continued in Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman in Tehran’s morality police in September, in what has been called the biggest challenge to Iran’s religious leaders since the 1979 revolution.
Amini’s death not only sparked outrage in Tehran, but protests spread across the country.
The country’s leaders have sent troops into the Kurdish city to regain control of the city, which had been seized by protesters.
Social media showed the streets of Mahabad filled with military vehicles, and in one incident, Iranian forces opened fire on crowds gathered for the governor’s speech.
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Haliva said the current protests are unusual for their duration and intensity, adding how the protests are changing the lines of civil unrest.
This worries the Iranian regime, especially due to growing international pressure and difficult economic conditions, the general said.
“As the pressure on Iran increases, Iran’s response to various events becomes more aggressive. “We should expect more aggressive action from Iran regionally and globally.”
As Iran determine their next move, Haliwa is adamant that the World Cup is a threat.
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“I can tell you that the Iranians are now thinking about participating in the World Cup in Qatar,” he said. “They fear the reaction of the Qataris. This trend will continue. Pressure on Iran turns into an act of aggression.”
Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.