IDF Intel Chief: Iran Aiming to Split Sunni Middle East, Sow Sectarian Divide

In this picture released by the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters during his visit to Mashhad, 900 km (540 miles) east of Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

The Times of Israel reports: Outgoing Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi on Sunday accused Iran of bringing instability to the Middle East in its quest for hegemony, a trend that he said would shape the region this year.

Halevi implied that this effort by Iran was making it more likely that Israel would have to change its policy of limited involvement in the Syrian civil war raging to its north. “The entrenchment of Iran threatens to upset the equilibrium and the efforts of the world to stabilize Syria. Iran has fired a Shiite arrow that is splitting the Sunni Middle East,” he told a conference in Jerusalem.

As an example, Halevi pointed to the clashes that Israel had with Iran and Syria last month after an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli airspace. “That unmanned aerial vehicle was not meant to defend the regime of [Syrian dictator Bashar Assad], but was sent into Israeli territory with intentions that were not positive,” he said.

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