Iran Plotting Assassination Of Jewish US Envoy To South Africa, Reports Says

In this photo taken Monday May 11, 2020 at OR Tambo Airport Johannesurg and supplied by the United States Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, showing US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks posing with ventilators donated by the U.S. Government. (Photo/Leon Kgoedi, United States Embassy South Africa via AP), Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran is considering an assassination attempt against the US ambassador to South Africa in order to avenge the killing of Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani, according to US intelligence reports, a Politico report said on Sunday.

Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks was most likely chosen due to her close relationship with US President Donald Trump, the report said.

According to US government officials, they have been aware of a general threat against Marks since the spring but the intelligence has become more detailed in recent weeks. The Iranian embassy in Pretoria is aware of and actively involved in the plot.

Assassinating Marks is only one of a number of options that US intelligence officials believe Iran is considering to avenge Soleimani’s death.

According to the US government official cited by the report, Marks has been informed of the threat in accordance with the intelligence community directive “Duty to Warn,” which requires US spy agencies to inform potential victims of life-endangering threats.

The threat to Marks’ life has also been reported in the WIRe, the CIA World Intelligence Review, a classified record made available to senior US security and policy officials as well as some lawmakers and their staff.

The 66-year-old Marks, who was sworn in as the US ambassador last October, is a successful businesswoman who has known Trump for over 20 years. She was born and raised in South Africa and speaks Afrikaans and Xhosa. She grew up in Port Elizabeth, where her family were notable members of the Jewish community.

Marks has no particular connection to Iran and intelligence officials believe that Iran may be targeting her due to her friendship with Trump. Additionally, Iran has retained a foothold in South Africa for decades and according to The Guardian and Al Jazeera reports in 2015, Iran maintains extensive clandestine networks of Iranian operatives in the country.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. No morally decent person could possibly support the Shia Islamist state of Iran. Their idealogy is rooted in the Islamist inferiority complex that causes them to oppose Israel even though Israel had no reason to oppose Iran (prior to 1979).

  2. ah, they’re plotting to kill the ambassador. let me know what they decide in the end. usually when a news reports of a plot its usually in past tense bc the plotters kind of want it to be a secret otherwise its not a plot.