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Iran dismisses Israeli allegations as 'baseless', urges Turkey not to remain silent

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid (L) hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Anadolu news agency)

Iran has dismissed as "baseless" allegations of Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid that settlers could become the target of Iranian attacks in Turkey, saying such claims are part of the regime’s attempts to deflect public opinion from its terrorist acts in Palestine.

In a statement on Friday, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the allegations fall within the framework of a plot orchestrated by the child-murdering and rogue regime aimed at sowing discord between the two neighboring Muslim countries.

“Unfortunately, a psychological operation started nearly a week ago to preoccupy media outlets with fictitious scenarios, using erroneous and biased information. It sought to prepare the ground for the Israeli foreign minister's projective scenario,” Khatibzadeh stated.

“Turkey is well aware of the baseless nature of claims made by the representative of the deceitful [Israeli] regime and Zionist terrorists. It is expected not to remain silent in the face of these divisive comments. The regime has repeatedly shown how unreliable it is.”

Khatibzadeh went on to assert that the Islamic Republic of Iran determinedly and strongly responds to any Israeli act of terror and sabotage without threatening ordinary citizens and the national security of other countries.

“No one would ever believe in the Israeli regime’s false claims of being subject to oppression other than itself. Even if some parties, due to temporary expediency, express support, they actually know what a dangerous regime they are faced with,” the spokesman said.

Lapid on Thursday claimed in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu that Iran was behind attempted terrorist attacks against Israelis in the Turkish metropolitan city of Istanbul.

Israel has been involved in a string of sabotage attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities in recent years and has killed many top nuclear scientists and military officials in cowardly strikes.

More recently, on May 22, IRGC colonel Sayyad Khodaei was shot dead outside his home in east Tehran. Iranian officials blamed it on Israel and vowed strong retaliation. 

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