The outgoing head of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, has drawn attention to the alleged responsibility of Israel in the recent attacks on Iranian infrastructure and a leading nuclear scientist in recent years, up to the date of the Israeli authorities.
Cohen, who has been appointed to the post by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has made statements to Channel 12, pointing to the possible Israeli role in the July 2020 explosion at the Natanz plant and giving details of an operation in 2018 in the Mossad stole nuclear files in Tehran.
Cohen, for example, told the journalist Ilan Dayan that if he could visit Natanz, he would go “to the basement” because “the centrifuges used to rotate here”. “To this day, the cellar doesn’t look like it used to,” he said in an interview.
“We have made it very clear that we (Iran) will not have nuclear weapons. What do they not understand?” He asked, confirming that the Mossad followed the scientist Mohsen Fajrizadé, who was murdered in November 2020, for years, followed near Tehran and is valid as head of the Iranian nuclear program.
With that in mind, he has revealed that Fajrizadé “has been a target (of intelligence) for many years”, adding that “if a man has the ability to endanger the citizens of Israel, he must cease to exist”.
Cohen has detailed that Israel sends these people warnings of a possible “career change” on a number of occasions. “If it doesn’t hurt us more, we sometimes make them an offer,” he said, adding that the people contacted may not know that Israel is behind it, “but they understand.”
On the other hand, it has provided details of the theft of documents in January 2018 from an Iranian archive, the authorship of which Israel has openly acknowledged, and highlighted that authorities “understand” that Iran is “secretly keeping its nuclear secrets.” “.
“I’ve decided we have to see what the Iranians have planned for us. I told my people to prepare to bring this home,” he said before realizing it might be a “bigger one.” Image “of the Iranian nuclear program could show. collected the newspaper “The Times of Israel”.
With that in mind, he said that before the operation, the Mossad built a replica of the site, attended by 20 agents, none of them Israeli nationality. For example, he said the operation took seven hours and admitted that there was “a problem,” although he stressed that it went without changes.
Cohen has also stated that given the difficulties that could arise from leaving the country by land, the documents were scanned and sent to Israel. “When we realized that we had what we wanted and that we were in the Israeli military nuclear program, it was extremely exciting for everyone,” he said.
Netanyahu himself revealed the operation in April 2018 during a press conference in which he stressed that it was “one of the greatest intelligence achievements in Israeli history” and accused Tehran of lying by stating that it was not attempting nuclear weapons.
“It was important for us that the world saw that,” said Cohen, who stressed that the goal was for the Iranian leadership to pay attention. “It was to tell you, dear friends, you have suffered a break-in, we are watching you, the time for hiding and lying is over,” he added.