Hamidreza Zarifinia

The international community is indebted to Israel for the ‘danger of an Islamic Republic armed with nuclear weapons’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings a few years ago about the danger of a nuclear Iran have become a reality these days. After the conclusion of the UN Security Council, the Israeli prime minister repeatedly warned that Iran was hiding and deceiving the international community.

However, few neutral observers and prominent politicians in the world were willing to take these warnings seriously, and most governments simply did not agree to a thorough verification of Tehran’s pure claims.

Instead, it was the Israeli security service that once again became the saviour of the world and refused to ignore the facts about Iran’s covert nuclear activities due to some considerations.

Of course, President Trump soon realized Iran’s deceptive intentions in the UN Security Council and heeded the warnings of Israeli leaders. However, even after the US withdrew from the UN Security Council, many sometimes European governments negligently ignored Israeli intelligence reports on Iran’s covert nuclear activities.

After signing of JCPOA, Mr. Netanyahu warned at the UN General Assembly every year about the danger of a nuclear Iran and the regime’s covert activity. The Israeli leader stressed that Iran is working to develop uranium and study nuclear weapons.

These warnings were not taken seriously, and before his death, Mr. Amano always provided positive reports of Iran’s cooperation with IAEA inspectors.

The important thing was that the inspectors went to the places where Iran made everything look normal, but the Israeli intelligence data indicated that the Islamic Republic was carrying out nuclear activities in other places; Thrown and unbelievable places that existed, for example, in Iranian proverbs; Like Turquzabad!

When Mr. Netanyahu first exposed the site, it reminded many Iranians, of the “irony” pointing out a place in the middle of nowhere, and they ridiculed the issue.

Leaders of the government, who had been exposed, began to downplay the issue. Zarif and Araqchi, two key Iranian diplomats who played a key role in the JCPOA meetings and, according to government-approved newspapers, regularly discuss nuclear issues with the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei during the nuclear talks. In response to the naming of Turquzabad, they made misleading artificial laughter.

In order to ease everyone’s mind, Iranian state television went to the desired location in Turquzabad with a reporter and a camera, and the TV reporter questioned the person behind the door without entering the disputed area. Do you have a nuclear activity here? “No, this is carpet washing,” says the voice in the picture, which is not clear where it is.

This deceptive show, with its ridiculous government propaganda, did not even convince many Iranians, but the Iranian government emphasized that there was no special news in Turquzabad!

However, Israeli leaders continued to wisely monitor Iran’s nuclear program. Addressing Iran’s secret leaders several times, Mr Netanyahu said, “We are listening to you and whatever you do, we will be notified beforehand.”

In parallel with these warnings, Israeli intelligence agencies did not remain idle and soon succeeded in an extraordinary operation to obtain very important documents from Iran’s covert nuclear activities.

During the operation, Israeli intelligence officials were able to penetrate deep into Iran’s sensitive and strategic centres, extracting very important and sensitive documents from Iran’s covert nuclear activities. Security officials in Iran, who were shocked by the Israeli operation, found out that the documents had reached Israel.

Mr Netanyahu later confirmed the operation and provided the documents to US leaders. However, Tehran’s reaction was again denial and denial!

When the tide turns

With the election of Mr. Grossi as President of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the tide turned against to Tehran and the report of the Israeli security agencies on Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities, including Turquzabad, was on the agenda of the IAEA.

When the issue of IAEA inspections became more serious than the suspicious points, Tehran took a tougher line and in one case even prevented one of the IAEA inspectors from carrying out its mission. For several hours, the officer was detained and interrogated by the Revolutionary Guards.

The crisis in Iran’s relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began here, and Tehran, of course, opposed the request for an inspection of two suspicious sites, including Turquzabad, which Israel had disclosed.

If Tehran has had nothing to hide, they would have let the IAEA inspectors enter the suspected sites. However, it seems like Iran either will not agree with the inspection of the two suspected site or agree after a delay and having those places cleaned up.

The fact is that many governments around the world have taken Israeli leaders’ warnings about Iran’s nuclear cover-ups too late. Israeli leader Netanyahu has been warning for years that it is now clear that his documents were correct, so the world needs to pay more attention to Israel’s serious warnings about Iran’s threat than ever before.

About the Author
Hamidreza Zarifinia is an Iranian writer, correspondent and news editor for the Times of Israel, based in London Office.
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