Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar: Iran is ‘the main problem in the Middle East’

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

New Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar on October 11, 2021. (Shin Bet)
New Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar on October 11, 2021. (Shin Bet)

Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar says Iran is not just a nuclear problem, but “it is the main problem in the Middle East.”

“Iran is the cause of much of the problems we are facing now in the West Bank, and the recent fighting in the Gaza Strip,” he says.

Bar blames the Palestinian Authority for failing to govern certain areas of the West Bank, driving the Israel Defense Forces to intensify operations, mainly in Nablus and Jenin.

He says there have been more than 130 shooting attacks against Israeli troops and civilians this year, while the agency has foiled hundreds of attacks.

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