A group of Iranian schoolboys and schoolgirls salute while performing in front of a portrait of the former commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani, and an image of Al-Aqsa mosque during a rally commemorating the International Quds Day, also known as the Jerusalem day, in downtown Tehran on April 29, 2022. REUTERS./

 – Israel and its foreign partners have foiled more than 50 Iranian-orchestrated attacks on Israelis and Jews abroad in recent years, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said on Thursday during a visit to Azerbaijan.

Israel and Iran have been locked in a Cold War-style shadow war for decades, with mutual allegations of sabotage and assassination plots.

On Wednesday, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen accused Iran of being behind a thwarted attempt to attack Israel’s embassy in Baku. Azeri officials did not immediately confirm that.

“At its supreme leader’s orders, Iran has in recent years waged a worldwide terror campaign of unprecedented scale, focused on Israelis and Jews … We are talking about more than 50 attempted attacks,” Israeli media quoted Gallant as saying.

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He credited Israel’s security services and “close cooperation with many countries” for the foiling of the alleged attacks.

Iranian officials had no immediate comment.

Azerbaijan is a major Israeli defence partner on Iran‘s border.

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(Writing by Dan Williams and Parisa Hafezi, Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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