Women hold pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Iranian Lt.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani, during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Teheran.
/ October 6, 2021
Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani was a “dangerous man” and now that he is dead his vision of acting against Israel “is hopeless,” the head of Israeli intelligence said.
The killing of Soleimani, which was carried out by a U.S. drone strike after an order by President Donald Trump, was “one of the most significant and important events in my time,” Military Intelligence head Maj.-Gen. Tamir Hayman told Walla News.
Hayman said that Soleimani’s death was a critical contribution to Israel’s national security.
Soleimani had been in charge of Iran’s regional aspirations and had been busy establishing a land bridge from Teheran to the Mediterranean as well as Iranian influence in Yemen when he was killed at Baghdad’s airport in January 2020 along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces.
“He was also the designer of Syria – that’s the bigger story. There are not many people like him” Hayman said of Soleimani.
Those who remain, including his replacement Esmail Qaani, are “brilliant people who have high administrative capacity but they cannot handle the decision-making processes. They have no authority,” Hayman added.
With the death of Soleimani, at the moment, “nobody is interested in” his vision,” Hayman said. “Not the Russians, and not the Syrian regime.”
There is also a “consistent and sustained decline of Iranians in Syria,” he said, adding that while Syrian militias remain, Teheran continues to withdraw its people from the country.
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