Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, admitted to covert Israeli operations against the Revolutionary Guard in an exit interview with The Times on Monday, saying that when Iranians “hit us through proxies or directly, they will pay a price.” He outlined his so-called “Octopus doctrine” of striking Tehran at its head rather than its tentacles.
“It turns out these guys are more vulnerable than they seem,” he said. “The Iranian regime is rotten, corrupt — and incompetent.”
Mr. Taeb, who is a Shiite cleric, was replaced by Gen. Mohammad Kazemi, a senior Guards member who has been the head the Revolutionary Guard Protection of Information unit, which oversees over all of the force’s operations.
Mr. Taeb, who was considered almost as powerful as Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his role: The mere mention of his name inspired fear because he ordered crackdowns on dissent, executions, arrests and various intelligence operations.