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‘They at all times accuse us’: Netanyahu responds to killing of Iranian nuclear scientist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supplied solely a “no comment” when requested Thursday in regards to the allegations his nation is behind final week’s assassination of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist. 

“They always accuse us rightly or wrongly on anything that happens in Iran,” he stated throughout a digital occasion with the Hudson Institute. 

“Our longstanding policy is not to comment on such things, so I’m not going to do that now,” Netanyahu stated. 

No nation or group has claimed duty for killing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whose automotive the semi-official Fars News Agency stated was fired on Friday by a remote-controlled automated machine gun.  

Iranian leaders have accused Israel’s Mossad intelligence company of orchestrating the assassination with help from an exiled opposition group referred to as the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (Mujahedeen-e-Khalq). 

Unnamed US officers instructed The New York Times and CNN that Israel was behind the assault. 

Fakhrizadeh’s killing got here lower than two weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel as a part of a seven-country Middle East tour, throughout which he mentioned efforts to counter Iran. 

Between 2010 and 2012, Israel was suspected within the focused killings of a number of scientists concerned in Iran’s nuclear program, which the Jewish state sees as a risk to its existence. Tehran insists its nuclear amenities are used for peaceable functions solely, not constructing weapons. 

Asked whether or not he traveled to Saudi Arabia late final month to satisfy with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Netanyahu equally demurred. 

“You shouldn’t believe everything you read,” he stated.  

Israeli and US information shops reported that Netanyahu flew in a non-public jet to Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast in what was his first recognized assembly with the nation’s de facto ruler. Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant appeared to verify the studies, telling Army Radio the clandestine journey was an “amazing achievement.”

Israel hasn’t made an official denial, however Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denied any assembly befell. 

Netanyahu, in the meantime, is dealing with political pressures at home. Israel is headed for its fourth nationwide election in two years after lawmakers backed by Netanyahu’s predominant governing associate, Benny Gantz, handed a preliminary vote Wednesday to dissolve parliament. Final approval for dissolution may come as quickly as subsequent week.

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