Chagai Tzuriel, the director-general of the Intelligence Ministry (courtesy, Intelligence Ministry)
Israel has long been sounding the alarm over Iran’s effort to entrench itself militarily in Syria, but the pace at which the Islamic Republic has escalated its aggressive behavior is surprising, a senior Israeli intelligence official said Sunday, a day after Iranian-Israeli hostility dramatically stepped up a gear.
“It happened more quickly than people expected,” said Chagai Tzuriel, the director-general of the Intelligence Ministry. “The negative dynamic inherent in the Iranian presence is happening perhaps more quickly than people expected.”
“I don’t think something like that would have been done without sanction from Tehran. All theses things get okayed from people like [senior
Revolutionary Guards commander] Qasem Soleimani. I don’t know if they picked up the phone and ordered this particular incident. But I am sure the Iranians are working according to a general directive, which is very aggressive,” he said.