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Israel's Mossad chief sets new red lines for Iranian leadership, Russia

Mossad chief David Barnea warned the Iranian leadership directly and Moscow more subtly, but his real message was for American ears.
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TEL AVIV — Mossad chief David Barnea threatened Iran on Sunday, stating that the leadership in Tehran could find itself in the crosshairs. His words reflected Israel's growing concerns about Tehran's potential acts of terror in the region and especially in the West Bank.

Barnea's speech at the annual conference of Reichman University's International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya was unusual, to say the least. He threatened the Iranian government personally, and also made veiled threats against the Russians and harshly criticized the Biden administration. 

"Terror has become a cheap and common weapon in the hands of the Terroristic Republic of Iran," Barnea said, using a title he has been invoking lately.

Barnea revealed that 27 terror plots across the globe were foiled over the past year by Israel and its allies, saying, "Fortunately for Iran, their terror efforts have been thwarted. Why fortunately for them? Because thus far we have only gotten to the operatives and those who dispatched them.” 

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