Yossi Cohen, who is the director of the Israeli spy agency Mossad, has acknowledged having a “prestigious” assassination list at his disposal, claiming that targeting foreign influential figures, including Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani, is “not impossible.”
“With all due respect to his bluster, he hasn’t necessarily committed the mistake yet that would place him on the prestigious list of Mossad’s assassination targets,” Cohen said in reference to General Soleimani, a globally famous Iranian defense strategist who played a key role in the counterterrorism operations that led to the collapse of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
The Times of Israel published the remarks on October 11.
“He knows very well that his assassination is not impossible. His actions are identified and felt everywhere… There’s no doubt the infrastructure he built presents a serious challenge for Israel,” Cohen argued.
The New York Times had earlier revealed a March 2017 meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in which top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom..
Last week, the intelligence unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had thwarted an Arab-Israeli plot to assassinate General Soleimani, who commands the IRGC’s Quds Force, in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman.