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Iranian politician says Israel ‘freely runs its operations’ in Tehran

Relatives mourn over the flag draped coffin of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei during his funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Relatives mourn over the flag draped coffin of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei during his funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

An Iranian politician indicated that many in his country feel Israel is operating freely in Tehran and targeting security operations with ease.

In a report published Tuesday in the UK-based Financial Times, an official cited only as a “reformist politician” was quoted as saying that “it feels as if Israel has established a large-scale organization in Tehran and freely runs its operations.”

The politician adds: “Israel is clearly targeting Iran’s ‘highly secure’ image to tarnish its greatness in people’s eyes.”

A series of assassinations and attacks in Iran have been attributed to Israel in recent months, though Jerusalem rarely if ever publicly takes credit for such operations. But in a rare interview last week — and rarer yet comments on Israeli activity in Iran — National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata said Israel had “acted quite a lot in Iran over the past year.”

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