What was casually inserted into what was designed to be another anti-Iranian article in the New York Times is the mention that Israel had planted a bomb causing a recent explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility last week.
The report hints that Israel was in fact responsible for the attack on the Natanz nuclear plant, although Israel has not officially admitted their role (they never do). Defence Minister Benny Gantz stated during a recent radio interview, “Everyone can suspect us in everything and all the time, but I don’t think that’s correct.”
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The latest incident comes just one week after another major incident where 19 people died and 14 were injured during an explosion which hit the Sina Athar medical center north of Tehran.
This is incredibly risky behavior by Israel, and most likely they will not be censured for risking a major radiological incident.
Why has Tel Aviv decided escalating war tensions with Iran now?
An anonymous Middle Eastern intelligence official told The New York Times on Sunday that Israel was behind Thursday’s fire at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. The official said Israel used a “powerful bomb,” which caused a fire that severely damaged the facility and set back Iran’s nuclear program by months.
The Times also spoke with an unnamed member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who also said an explosive was used at the Natanz facility but did not attribute blame. The IRGC member also said they ruled out the possibility of a cyberattack, which is a way Israel has attacked Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in the past. In 2010, Israel and the US attacked and damaged Iran’s nuclear facilities with a computer virus called Stuxnet.
The IRGC member said it was likely somebody carried a bomb into the facility, as opposed to the idea of a cruise missile or drone striking the building. Israel has not taken responsibility for the incident, as they usually keep silent on attacks against Iranian targets, which they often strike in Syria.
When asked about the incident, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel was not “necessarily” behind it. “Not every incident that transpires in Iran necessarily has something to do with us,” Gantz said.
Other mysterious incidents have recently occurred in Iran, with fires breaking out at power plants over the weekend. The Middle Eastern intelligence official told the Times that the events were not related to Natanz explosion.
Iran has not officially blamed anyone for the attack yet, but if Israel is the culprit, the Islamic Republic will likely retaliate. Although there is another suspect, before the Natanz incident was in the news, a dissident group called the Homeland Cheetahs wrote to BBC and took credit for the attack.
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