Dr Mike Evans

Israeli intel chief says Iran could attack World Cup

Israeli Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva claimed that Iran was considering an attack on the World Cup in Qatar as dozens of nations gather together for the global soccer event.

Haliva shared the remarks at the National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv, noting that the Iranian regime is seeking to clamp down on its ongoing protest movement.

“The death toll, the attacks on national symbols — this is very troubling for the regime, especially combined with sanctions, the existing international pressure, and the difficult economic situation,” he said, according to the Times of Israel.

“There is a real concern within the regime that it endangers the regime. At this stage, I do not see a risk to the regime…. but as the pressure on Iran increases, including internal pressure, the Iranian response is much more aggressive, so we should expect much more aggressive responses in the region and in the world,” Haliva added. “I am telling you that the Iranians are now considering attacking the World Cup in Qatar as well. “The only thing holding them back is how the Qataris will react.”

The World Cup began on Sunday. The U.S. team plays on Monday in its first match.

Haliva also shared his concerns about Iran’s work to soon reach 90% enriched uranium. He noted the need for a strong response from the international community to best thwart the threat.

The concerns come as the U.S. and Western nations have mostly ended negotiations to restart a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Tehran’s regime has also recently come under increased concern over selling drones to Russia for use in the Kremlin’s attack on Ukraine.

President Joe Biden visited Israel in July, vowing with Israel not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, including preparations for a military response if necessary.