According to a report released by the New York Times, unnamed Israeli officials have admitted Tel Aviv’s role in the assassination of an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) member. With Iran vowing revenge, how may this add to the threat of war this Sunday when Israeli settlers attempt to desecrate Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem? The assassination of an IRGC member, Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, a colonel in the elite Quds Force, has opened up a new chapter of escalation between Tel Aviv and Tehran. The assassination was described by Iranian officials as a “terrorist attack”. Israel was reportedly attempting to send a message to Tehran with this killing, which is likely to have been masterminded by Israeli Mossad and carried out with MEK group terrorists on the ground in Tehran.
Instead of weakening Iran however, the assassination of Khodaei has only seemed to have brought Iranians closer and has proven a point about the lifestyles led by members of the Quds Force. Whilst Iranian opposition media groups, like Iran International and BBC Persian, attempt to portray high-ranking IRGC members involved in Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Palestine, as being rich and leading luxurious life styles, Khodaei has proven this incorrect. It was clear from the vehicle and home, of Colonel Khodaei, that he was not living a luxurious lifestyle and was instead leading a modest life. Additionally, Israel’s involvement in the attack further proves why Iran must develop its defense strategies as it is consistently doing.
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