Israel Fumes At US For Leak To NYT About IRGC Officer’s Elimination

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Mourners attend the funeral ceremony of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei who was killed on Sunday, as a truck carries his flag draped coffin, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Iran's hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi vowed revenge on Monday over the killing of Sayyad Khodaei who was shot at his car by two assailants outside his home in Tehran, a still-mysterious attack on the country's powerful paramilitary force. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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Israeli security officials are furious with their counterparts in the United States following the publication of a New York Times report on Wednesday which quoted an intelligence official as saying that Israel confirmed to the US that it assassinated senior IRGC official Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodayari.

Israel regularly updates Washington on security operations it carries out but it is understood that the information is completely classified. Israeli security officials told Ynet that they’re demanding that US officials provide an explanation for the leak which they said completely absolved the US of involvement in the operation, placing all responsibility on Israel.

Israel already raised its security level alert at its missions worldwide in anticipation of Iranian attempts at retaliation and is now concerned that the official admission of Israel’s responsibility will prompt a spike of attacks against Israel.

MK Ram Ben-Barak, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told 103FM Radio that the leak damaged Israel’s trust in the US. “When trust is violated, it harms future cooperation,” he said. “I hope US officials investigate the leak and find its source.”

Ben-Barak added that this isn’t the first leak from the US, saying that the bombing of the Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 was leaked to the New York Times, which published a series of articles on the story based on quotes from unnamed US intelligence sources.

The NYT report said that Israel briefed US officials on the assassination, informing them that it eliminated Khodayari to warn Iran about the continued activity of the Quds Forces’ Unit 840, a covert unit that is responsible for carrying out assassinations and abductions of Israeli and Western targets outside Iran.

Khodayari was reportedly the deputy commander of Unit 840 and was involved in planning operations against Israelis and others, including US citizens, in Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, and South America.

Iran has never publicly acknowledged the existence of the shadowy unit.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

8 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not surprising. The DemoncRats in general and Former Vice President Biden’s team in particular, hate Israel. They’d do everything in their power to throw Israel under the bus.

  2. It would serve Israel well, the sooner they realize, right now, and since the Obama era, of the fact that if the party in power is the demonrat party, they have to treat it exactly as a hostile government. Like Iran, or Venezuela, or any other country that antagonizes Israel. Sad but true. The USA, under demonrat rule needs to be added to Israel’s list of enemies. Failure to recognize this situation will cost Israel dearly.

  3. This filthy TREASONOUS Marxist America hating regime, led by a demented Alzheimer diseased old fool, does not care about it’s own country as it’s being invaded by millions of illegal criminals.
    So why would it surprise that it betrays it’s own allies.

  4. No big news that Jews can’t keep their mouth shut long enough not to spill a secret. Don’t blame an American moronic newspaper for making money of Israel stupidity.