Is Israel Targeting Iran’s Top General For Assassination?

Khameini and Soleimani
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini and Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, right (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

That’s the question circulating both in Arab and Israeli media.

Israel’s Mossad is the world’s foremost practitioner of assassination. General Qasem Soleimani is commander of the Qods Force, the special operations command of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Israel is worried about Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East. Soleimani is Iran’s most effective general.

In an interview published Thursday, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen said a potential Israeli assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was “not impossible.”

In recent years, Soleimani has led two successful Iranian military operations: the campaign to drive ISIS out of Iraq in 2015 and the campaign to crush the jihadist forces opposed to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

In the same period, Israel assassinated at least five Iranian nuclear scientists, according to Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, in an effort to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.

In a profile piece for ultra-Orthodox newspaper Mishpacha, Cohen was asked about Soleimani’s claim that Israeli aircraft targeted him and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

“With all due respect to his bluster, he hasn’t necessarily committed the mistake yet that would place him on the prestigious list of Mossad’s assassination targets,” Cohen said.

Jack Khoury, a reporter for Ha’aretz, the leftist Israeli daily, recently reported that in January 2019, Washington gave Israel the green light to assassinate Soleimani, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. 

Al-Jarida, which in recent years had broken exclusive stories from Israel, quoted a source in Jerusalem as saying that “there is an American-Israeli agreement” that Soleimani is a “threat to the two countries’ interests in the region.” It is generally assumed in the Arab world that the paper is used as an Israeli platform for conveying messages to other countries in the Middle East.

An October 6 report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in Israel highlighted Soleimani’s emergence as a political figure in Iran. (The Center, named after a Mossad chief in the 1960s, reliably reflects the views of Israeli intelligence.)

Recently, the official website of the Supreme Leader of Iran uncharacteristically published photos documenting a meeting of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Qasem Soleimani. It is unclear when the meeting was held. The photographs were published alongside a wide-ranging interview with Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, published on the website of the Supreme Leader. In the interview, Nasrallah detailed the development of relations between Iran and Hezbollah since the 1980s. In addition, a rare interview with Qasem Soleimani was aired on Iranian TV concerning the 2006 Lebanon War. It is possible that these media appearances, alongside the threats recently made toward Israel by senior IRGC commanders, are intended to send a deterrent message to Israel to dissuade it from continuing to act against Iranian-linked targets in Syria, Lebanon and western Iraq.[emphasis added]

By elevating Soleimani’s prominence, the Israelis suggest, the Iranians are sending a message that his assassination would be regarded as causus belli, justification for war.

It is worth noting that Iranian media recently carried reports, also picked up in Israel, that its security forces had foiled a “Hebrew-Arab” plot to assassinate Soleimani. The report quoted Hossein Taeb, head of the Intelligence Organization of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)

The “assassination squad prepared between 350 and 500 kilograms of explosive material” to use against Soleimani during the holy month of Muharram, which began this year in early September, possibly in the Iranian city of Kerman, Taeb added. 

Assassinating Soleimani would be consistent with Israeli doctrine. It would also suck the United States into a war with Iran, at a time when President Trump is loudly proclaiming his intention to end America’s “stupid endless wars.”

17 Replies to “Is Israel Targeting Iran’s Top General For Assassination?”

  1. Jeff out of convenience to me I’m sending you this, something I’ve been forgetting to do.

    I think you would benefit from having this book “THE NEW WORLD. 1939 / 1946” , VOLUME 1, A , History of the Untied States Atomic Energy Commission < HEWLETT AND ANDERSON , The Pennsylvania State University Press

    I found it on the web and and I think it cost $16 or something.

    The text and notes from at least the first three of our chapters tell an intriguing story of what happened in the US during the run up to WWII relating how the leaders and captains of industry started meeting and planing for WWII.

    What I learned changed my thinking, after learning about what actually happened as opposed to what I have heard and learned over the years.

  2. This piece is great stuff, scary as hell but reality has a way of being that way.

    I have been alert to the fact that the Israelis have gone quiet for a bit.

    Pompeo & Co. cannot be trusted and it unfortunately goes without saying that Trump is in never never land somewhere.

    I figure they are up to something. I hope the sheepeople in this country start to wake up.

    I take pride in recognizing very early on just how much of a danger to the country’s security Trump was and that it would only get worse.

    Now we have member of the true “SPECIAL FORCES”, a Green Beret saying for the first time in his career that he is ashamed of his country.

    You might want to get someone from your staff to start reviewing Justin King’s posts as “Beau of the Fifth Column News” on the youtube. Most of his post are very direct and to the point

    Please take this seriously. Justin I think was special forces and maybe resigned or took leave to work as a contractor for the State Dept. He was engaged in some foreign country working to remove some jewish individuals from one of the countries located in or near Easter Asia and the middle east (?term).

    When one of the locals who was helping him got killed by the bad guys he helped get the some of the rest of the family out of the country and spent several years in U.S. federal prison for illegally trafficking in aliens.

    This is a very intelligent individual who speaks several languages and wise far beyond his years. And he is grinding his ax daily and getting a very impressive following doing so. Quite the professor as it tuns out. Few of his posts run longer than 8 minutes.

    Thanks again Jeff.

  3. Once I compared what I had read about CIA at your site,Spartacus Educational and studied CIA history what I realized was how clear of a view I had of the state of several aspects of American society and government as time came foreword from the end of WWI.

    I left a comment at CONSORTIUM NEWS I had missed the deadline for leaving a comment on Caitlin Johnstone’s Minority Millionaire. I keyed in the comment and then got the message that he ocmments were slosed so I left it here instead

    I related how what I read about during research on the Manhattan Project ended up affecting the U.S. in enormous “sea change” ways.

    I have also read quite a lot about the struggles congress had dealing with the enormous amount of legislation required to implement these chances.

    This a portion of history that needs to be studied thoroughly again today. We could learn an enormous about by doing so.

    Thanks Jeff

  4. Mossad assassinating physicists? Why stop there? Why not anyone in Iran who could be determined to be helping the Government. The Iranians are hardly innocent of course, but killing citizens seems like fuel for the fire, notdeterrence.

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