Former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intelligence chief Major General Tamir Hayman has admitted the country’s role in the assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, describing the killing as “significant and important.”
In an interview with the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center, Hayman, who stepped down in October, revealed Israel’s involvement in the US drone strike that took down the Iranian military official.
Soleimani was the Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp. His murder has been described as “one of the most shocking events in Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp history.” “two significant and important assassinations”The Israeli officer. Baha Abu al Ata, an Islamic militant was also killed during a Gaza missile strike.
“Soleimani’s assassination is an achievement, since our main enemy, in my eyes, are the Iranians,” Hayman said, highlighting the country’s work to disrupt its rival’s activities in the region.
After President Donald Trump’s order for the assassination, Soleimani was killed in a drone attack in Baghdad on January 3, 2020. US media at the time reported that Israeli intelligence assisted American officials to locate the Iranian official.
After comments by former President Trump regarding the assassination, the revelations made by the ex-IDF intelligence chief come days after they were published. According to reports, in an interview for an upcoming book, Trump said then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “willing to fight Iran to the last American soldier.”
Ex-American leader was disappointed that Israel hadn’t played more in assassination. He only provided intelligence. However, Trump’s comments seem to contradict Israeli officials interviewed for the book who reportedly claimed the US insisted it be the one to conduct the strike, rejecting military assistance from Tel Aviv.