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John Kerry knew about covert Israeli operations in Syria, according to Iran’s foreign minister: report

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In leaked audio, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reportedly claims that John Kerry knew about 200+ Israeli operations in Syria. At the time Kerry was serving as Sectary of State in the Obama administration.

Currently, Kerry sits on President Biden’s National Security Council as a presidential convoy for the climate. Zarif has been the Iranian foreign minister for the past eight years.

Then, it reportedly shocked Zarif to know that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria upwards of 200 times. The New York Times and other outlets obtained the leaked audio.

After the leak, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged that the audio was authentic. He told journalists on Monday that the recording was a small part of a seven-hour interview Zarif gave to a well-known economist.

But Khatibzadeh also called the audio’s release “illegal” and “selectively” edited. He did not have a theory on who leaked the audio or how it got out.

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Senior Saudi official says Iran ‘engineered’ war in Gaza and ‘should have been stopped a long time ago’

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Although it has been widely believed, a senior Saudi Arabian official has accused Tehran of having “engineered a war in Gaza” for the purpose to interfere with Jerusalem’s attempts to normalize relations with Riyadh. The unnamed official then described the regime as “a country that sponsors terrorism, and it should have been stopped a long time ago.”

In an interview with Israel’s Kan public broadcaster, the anonymous individual said that “any suspicious object” entering his country’s airspace is intercepted by the Kingdom’s defense forces. The comment may suggest that there was some level of participation by the Saudis in neutralizing the missiles and attack drones that the Islamic Republic fired at Israel on Saturday, notes Foreign Desk News. 

Reports have confirmed that the American, British, French, and Jordanian militaries assisted the IDF in the air defenses during the bombardment.

Foreign Desk News states of the improving relations between Israel and its neighbors:

In 2020, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco signed normalization agreements with the Jewish state under the direction of the Trump administration, in what was called the Abraham Accords. The following January, Sudan would also join the reconciliation.

Any diplomatic understandings between Israel and Saudi Arabia would be seen as a big boost to regional security, considering the Kingdom is often viewed as the most powerful Arab-majority country in the world.

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