Israeli Spy Chief: Iran Protests Akin to Revolt, Regime Not in Danger Yet


Commander of the IDF Military Intelligence Aharon Haliva, speaks at a conference at Tel Aviv University on Monday. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/Hamodia) – The commander of the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate, Major-General Aharon Haliva, said on Monday that protests rocking Iran were beginning to resemble a popular uprising but that he saw “no real danger” to the survival of the regime at this time.

Speaking at the INSS conference on Iran, he said that the world will be tested soon like never before. To date, the Islamic Republic has never dared to cross the uranium enrichment weaponized threshold.

He said that he did not think Iran would completely go for a nuclear weapon due to concerns about its survival from Israeli and Western reactions if it tried to do so.

Haliva seemed to express doubt about the West’s will on the Iran nuclear issue, noting that for four-and-a-half years since the U.S. left the nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic has rushed forward with its military nuclear advancement.

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