WikiLeaks expose makes it clear: Everybody hates Iran
Naturally, Israel is interested mostly in things pertaining to the Middle East. Below are some initial conclusions:
• America is deeply preoccupied with Iran. The administrations in Washington may change but they are all applying enormous pressure, offering enticements and also threats in order to push forth the sanctions against Tehran, all the while trying to gather intelligence about Iran's intentions.
Other countries, from France to Azerbaijan, comprehend the Iranian threat.
Meanwhile, Iran's neighbors are pressuring the Americans to attack Iran's nuclear installations. Saudi King Abdullah explained, two and a half years ago, to Gen. David Petraeus that a determined and quick action is necessary.
• Israel is pessimistic compared to the Americans on Iran's nuclear bomb time table. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in June 2009 that there are six to 18 months left for an effective strike.
This means until the end of this year. After that, "any military action would result in unacceptable collateral damage," according to a leaked cable.
Now, at least as far as Iran is concerned, the picture is out in the public.
Navy Chief Hints: Secret Ops against Iran-led 'Axis of Evil'
The commander of Israel's navy hinted broadly Sunday that naval forces recently struck unspecified faraway targets as part of the war against the Axis of Evil led by Iran.
"Lately, the Navy has had to stretch its limbs to very distant theaters of operations in order to fight elements of the Axis of Evil led by Iran,” Maj.-Gen Eliezer Marom said in a speech at the annual Haganah Day event in Tel Aviv.
Iranian nuclear scientist 'killed by Mossad or the CIA'
A leading Iranian nuclear scientist was killed and a colleague injured in coordinated attacks blamed by the regime on the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, or the CIA.
Men riding motorcycles stuck magnet-bombs on the two men's car windscreens, police said.
Iran's state media drew a link with a speech by the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, last month in which he said "intelligence-led operations" had to be used to disrupt Iran's nuclear programme.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: "One can undoubtedly see the hands of Israel and Western governments in the assassination."
The scientist who died was named as Majid Shahriyari. The head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed Dr Shahriyari was involved in a "major project".
Nuclear scientist killed in Tehran was Iran's top Stuxnet expert
Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran Monday, Nov. 29, headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks.
The scientist's death deals a major blow to Iran's herculean efforts to purge its nuclear and military control systems of the destructive worm since it went on the offensive six months ago.
Prof. Shahriari was the Iranian nuclear program's top expert on computer codes and cyber war.
Ali Salehi, Director of Iran's Nuclear Energy Commission, reacted bitterly that there is a limit to Iran's patience and whoever committed the murder is playing with fire. Tehran held US intelligence and the Israeli Mossad for responsible for the scientist's death.
There is clearly a covert war being waged against Iran. The question becomes: Will it be enough to thwart their nuclear ambitions?