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Iran is the biggest problem in the Middle East, says Israeli security chief

The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Sunday that Iran is not just a nuclear problem, but is the root cause of most problems in the Middle East.

Stressing that the Islamic Republic “is the main problem in the Middle East”, Ronen Bar said that “Iran is the cause of a lot of the problems we are currently facing in the West Bank, and the recent fighting in the Strip. of Gaza”.

“We can only dream of the level of terror” Tehran can promote if sanctions against the country are lifted as part of a relaunch of the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and the West.

He said the eras of conventional warfare, nuclear arms race and physical terror are over and in the current era, terrorists can use social media platforms and algorithms to influence trends to to manipulate the understanding of the general populations of Western countries of current world events.

He added that “information technology must transform into information management” to combat these social media trends, stressing the need to develop a diverse mix of technology experts in different cyber and other fields, who can deal with the distinct social media threats that affect Palestinians. and other Shia from across the region.

Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid thanked France, the United Kingdom and Germany for their “firm stance”, a day after European powers raised “serious doubts” about Tehran’s intentions reach a nuclear deal.

On Thursday, the United States Special Representative for Iran Rob Malley met with Jewish groups after an unexpected delay in Iran nuclear talks after several weeks of progress.