The outgoing chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment that his country was behind the recent attacks targeting the nuclear program of Iran and also a military scientist.
The comments were made by Yossi Cohen, who was speaking to a TV channel in Israel and was attending an investigative program in a segment that was aired on Thursday night. He has offered an extraordinary debriefing and it was a great speech by the head of the typically secretive agency and it appears to be the final days of the rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The speech also gave a clear warning to other scientists in the nuclear program of Iran that they also could become the target of assassination even as the diplomats in Vienna are trying to negotiate terms and try to salvage its atomic accord with world powers.
Cohen also said that if the scientist is willing to change career and it will not going to hurt them anymore.
Among the major attacks to target Iran, none of them have struck deeper than two explosions over the last year at its Natanz nuclear facility. There, centrifuges enrich uranium from an underground hall is designed to protect them from airstrikes.
In July last year, a mysterious explosion tore apart the advanced centrifuge assembly of Natanz which Iran later blamed on Israel. Then in April this year, another blast has torn apart one of its underground enrichment halls.
When asked about Natanz, the interviewer has asked Cohen where he is going to take them if they can travel there. He replied by saying ‘to the cellar’ where ‘the centrifuges are spinning. He added that it does not look like what it used to look.
The attacks were not directly claimed by Cohen but his specificity has offered the closest acknowledgment about an Israeli hand in the attacks. A detailed description was also offered by the interviewer about how Israelis snuck the explosives into the underground hall of Natanz that went unchallenged by Cohen.
The journalist went on to say that the man was responsible for these explosions and it is quite clear that it has made sure to supply to the Iranians the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed. He also added that as they install this table within the Natanz facility, they have no idea that it already includes an enormous amount of explosives.
He has also brought up the November killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist who began the military nuclear program of Tehran decades ago. The US Intelligence Agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe Iran abandoned that organized effort at seeking a nuclear weapon in 2003. Iran has long maintained its program is peaceful.
While the killing was not claimed by Cohen on camera, the journalist in the segment has described Cohen as personally signed off the entire campaign.
Cohen described it as an Israeli effort.