World Cup could be targeted by Iran: reports

A senior Israeli military intelligence official said on Monday that Iran may be attacking the World Cup, but may hesitate due to uncertainty about the response from host Qatar.

Israel Defense Forces intelligence chief Major General Aharon Haleva attended a conference at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv on Monday and spoke about the protests in the occupied country and their impact on the World Cup, the biggest international soccer tournament. .

Ener Valencia of Ecuador scores his team's first goal during the Group A - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Beit Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

Ener Valencia of Ecuador scores his team’s first goal during the Group A – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Beit Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.
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Haliva said: Iran is considering disrupting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, the only thing stopping them is what will Qatar’s reaction be?

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Protests in Iran have been ongoing since a woman named Mehsa Amini died in Tehran’s Moral Police custody in September, in what has been called the biggest challenge to Iran’s clerical leaders since the 1979 revolution.

Amini’s death not only provoked anger in Tehran, but protests spread throughout the country.

The country’s leaders sent troops to a Kurdish town to retake control of the town, which was overrun by protesters.

Protesters in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza outside the United Nations building demonstrated against the president of the Iranian regime, Ebrahim Raisi, for his direct role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.  Raisi is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly today, September 21, 2022.

Protesters in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza outside the United Nations building demonstrated against the president of the Iranian regime, Ebrahim Raisi, for his direct role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Raisi is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly today, September 21, 2022.
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Social media videos show that the streets of Mahabad are filled with military vehicles, and in one incident, Iranian forces opened fire on a crowd that had gathered for the governor’s speech.

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Haliva said the current protests are unusual for their duration and intensity, adding how the protests are changing the contours of civil unrest.

The general said: “This is worrying for the Iranian regime, especially because of the increasing and existing international pressures and difficult economic conditions.”

Iranian soccer fans hold signs with the theme

Iranian soccer fans hold signs with the theme “Women of life, freedom and freedom for Iran” ahead of the England-Iran World Cup soccer Group B match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
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He said: With increasing pressure on Iran, Iran’s reaction to various events is more aggressive. We have to wait for more aggressive actions of Iran in the region and the world.

As Iran determine their next step, Haliva was adamant that the World Cup is in jeopardy.

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He said: “I tell you that the Iranians are now thinking of participating in the World Cup in Qatar. They fear the reaction of the Qataris. This process will continue. Iran is under pressure and this turns into aggressive actions.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

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