Mossad’s hidden successes against Iran so farSubmitted by cactus1010 on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 19:30
Monday, May 18, 2009
Mossad’s hidden successes against Iran so far – but they are not enough [Tom Gross]
In an article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, Ronen Bergman, the well-informed intelligence correspondent for the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, outlines some of the “successes” the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, has already had in slowing down the Iranian nuclear program. (I have alluded to some of these on my own website over recent years.)
These include a series of apparent accidents: the disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist, the crash of two planes carrying cargo relating to the nuclear project; two labs that burst into flames; and the mysterious accident in July 2007 at the Al-Safir missile factory jointly operated by Iran and Syria.
The Mossad has greatly improved its operational successes since then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed his friend and former military colleague Meir Dagan to head the organization in 2002.
“The Mossad has stunning achievements to its credit, yet the mullahs remain a threat,” notes Bergman, correctly.
Most of the Mossad’s achievements remain a secret. But it is unlikely that Bergman’s piece would have appeared in a major American newspaper at this time, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Washington for his crucial talks with President Obama on Monday, and in this form, without the approval of Bergman’s contacts in Israeli intelligence.
Israel practicing for new war?
Tel Aviv has embarked on another round of large-scale military exercise as speculations of an Israeli-initiated war run high.
Israel's Air Force has begun a large-scale military exercise as right-wing parties are insisting on more militaristic approaches.
Israeli Air Force's "aircraft activity will be noticeable during the course of the exercise as well as the presence of military vehicles across the country," a military spokesman was quoted by AFP as saying on Monday.
The four-day exercise will end on Thursday with military sources saying the move was aimed at testing the Air Force's abilities against rocket attacks and infiltration attempts.
The military stages the exercise shortly after the Lebanese security forces disbanded several Israeli spy rings in the country.
Lebanese sources say the counterespionage operation which is still underway could change the balance of power against Israel.
Israel has twice invaded Lebanon and is reportedly mulling over another attack on the country. In addition, Israel has in recent years repeatedly hinted that it would launch an offensive against Iran.
Tel Aviv accuses Tehran of pursuing Atomic bombs trough its nuclear energy program, threatening to target Iran's uranium enrichment facilities. The Islamic Republic, however, maintains that its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.
The presence of a hawkish government in Israel along with stepped-up military exercised prompted Washington to warn Tel Aviv against starting a war with Iran.
The speculations of a military strike was so strong that The United States sent its spy chief and CIA director, Leon Panetta, on a secret mission to Israel in early May to warn its leaders against launching a surprise attack on Iran.