Israel tells US administration it is angered by New York Times leak

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On Thursday, Israeli officials expressed anger over a New York Times report, citing US sources, that Israel was responsible for an assassination in Tehran earlier in the week.

The New York Times reported that Israel informed the Biden administration of its operation inside Iran, in which Sayyad Khodaei, a senior member of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, was shot dead in front of his home by armed men who escaped from the scene on motorbikes.

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Funeral of IRGC leader Sayyad Khodaei who was allegedly assassinated by Israel in Tehran earlier this week

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Israeli officials described the leak as a breach of trust between Jerusalem and Washington, which cooperate closely on security and intelligence, and warned that Israelis could be at risk of Iranian revenge.

In an earlier report, the Wall Street Journal said Khodaei was behind a plot to assassinate French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Israeli officials believe the leak to The New York Times comes from administration officials who oppose Israel’s actions against Iran, fearing they could harm negotiations on a return to the nuclear deal. 2015.

The Israelis are particularly irritated because their policy of ambiguity when it comes to responding to Iranian aggression has been compromised.

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שר הביטחון בני גנץ נפגש עם מזכיר ההגנה האמריקאי לויד אוסטיןשר הביטחון בני גנץ נפגש עם מזכיר ההגנה האמריקאי לויד אוסטין

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with Benny Gantz in Washington last week

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Israel had not taken responsibility for Khodaei’s assassination, in order to allow Iranian denial and minimize their ambition to avenge his death by targeting Israeli interests.

Israeli officials said Khodaei was the deputy commander of Unit 840 and was involved in planning cross-border conspiracies against foreigners, including Israelis.

They said he was responsible for the unit’s operations in the Middle East and neighboring countries of Iran and had been involved over the past two years in attempted terror attacks against Israelis. , European and American civilians and government officials in Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates and Cyprus.

Iran has never acknowledged the existence of Unit 840.

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