Israel military intel chief says Iran considers disrupting World Cup

Jonathan Regev, Qatar

i24NEWS Sports Correspondent | @JRegevi24news

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Iran supporters gesture while holding placards before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 21, 2022.
Adrian DENNIS / AFPIran supporters gesture while holding placards before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 21, 2022.

'The only thing holding them back is how the Qataris will react'

Israel’s Military Intelligence chief Major General Aharon Haliva said on Monday that Iran has considered disrupting the World Cup in Qatar. 

Speaking at an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, Haliva said that “Iran is on the whole field, from nuclear to riots.”

According to the military official, Iran will continue to act aggressively in the region amid ongoing protests at home and considered disrupting the World Cup in Qatar, which kicked off on Sunday. 

“The only thing holding them back is how the Qataris will react,” he said.

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It was an interesting comment considering Iran itself participates on the tournament and has good relations with the host nation Qatar.

On the other hand, what better way to grab global attention than on the largest stage in the world, with American, English, and even Israeli fans attending. 

A balance which Iran needs to carefully consider. 

Haliva added that Iran made “significant progress” toward producing 90 percent enriched uranium.

“The moment is coming when the greatest test of the international community will come to light, when Iran entertains [the idea of] enrichment at 90 percent, even if only symbolically,” he said. 

Haliva noted that Israeli military chief Aviv Kohavi’s trip to the U.S., which is focused on the Iranian threat, comes at a “critical” time.

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