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Ex-IRGC commander claims Iran dealing constant confidential ‘blows’ to Israel

Ali Jafari says Tehran’s attacks have taken place ‘in occupied Palestine’ as well as in regional countries, days after Israel began warning citizens against traveling to Turkey

The head of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks in a conference called 'A World Without Terror,' in Tehran, Iran, October 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
The head of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks in a conference called 'A World Without Terror,' in Tehran, Iran, October 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps claimed Wednesday that Iran is dealing ongoing “blows” to the State of Israel.

“The Zionist regime and its officials know better what blows they have received from the Islamic Republic so far, some of which are even still in progress,” said Mohammad Ali Jafari in an interview with the semi-official Iranian Tasnim news agency.

However, Jafari claimed that many of the IRGC’s operations and attacks on Israel must be kept confidential.

The former IRGC commander said the “blows” have taken place in Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and even countries across the region, in comments made days after Israel began warning its citizens against traveling to Turkey due to fears of attacks by Iranian agents. There have been a number of Hebrew media reports of attempted kidnapping attempts of Israeli tourists by IRGC agents, but none of them were said to have been successful.

Jafari said that Iran’s attacks were contrary to the “cowardly assassination” of IRGC Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, who was shot five times in his car last month by two unidentified gunmen on motorbikes in the middle of Tehran.

He claimed Israel has publicized its role in the killing, though Jerusalem has not done so. Jafari also insisted Khodaei had no operation value — a claim disputed by Hebrew media reports that claimed the IRGC officer was tasked with planning attacks against Israelis abroad.

Jafari said Iran had dealt several more significant blows to Israel both before and after Khodaei’s assassination, though again refused to elaborate.

“When the Zionist regime conducts one operation, it is mindful that it would get responses for it several times,” he told Tasnim, claiming Israel was using psychological warfare by claiming credit for attacks that it had nothing to do with.

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