Ex-Mossad chief Cohen reveals particulars of Mossad operation in Iran

2021-06-11 23:29:19

Former Mossad head Yossi Cohen spoke to Channel 12 on Thursday and revealed by no means earlier than uncovered particulars of a Mossad operation in Iran, whereas arguing that his private connection to outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could also be problematic sooner or later. 

Cohen spoke concerning the Mossad operation to acquire paperwork from the Iranian nuclear archive that was later revealed by Netanyahu in a dramatic presentation on the findings for each Israelis and the worldwide neighborhood. The operation, in keeping with Cohen, was performed over a interval of two years and included some 20 brokers, none of whom had been Israelis. 

Previous to the operation, Mossad constructed an actual reproduction of the constructing storing the paperwork in Iran, the place brokers skilled for the operation. 

“We understood the interior construction of the location, and the order of the containers,” Cohen famous. The previous Mossad head stated that the operation virtually didn’t go ahead, following “developments within the space.”

“We outlined that now we have seven hours to carry out [the operation]… Within the morning, vehicles, guards, and employees arrive, and there is a crowd and you’ll’t simply soar over fences and break via partitions,” Cohen described. “Solely after they broke into the formidable safes and started to undergo the photographs and Farsi descriptions, did we notice that now we have what we wished on the Iranian navy nuclear program.”

After efficiently acquiring the paperwork, Cohen knowledgeable Netanyahu that the primary a part of the operation was full.

“I knowledgeable him that the primary a part of the operation has been accomplished, [and that] now we’re bringing it dwelling.” The brokers had been capable of switch the recordsdata digitally whereas on the transfer towards the border (which was not specified). 

On April 30, 2018, three months after the operation, Netanyahu convened a press convention, performed in English, wherein he revealed the cache of paperwork taken by Mossad, which included some 100 disks and binders with hundreds of paperwork on the nuclear program.

Netanyahu’s public publicity of the paperwork, Cohen stated, got here with harsh criticism towards the outgoing PM and himself. 

“I don’t bear in mind who was the primary to give you the thought to disclose the operation. It doesn’t matter in the meanwhile if the thought got here from the establishment. From the second the thought got here up, I believed it was a beautiful thought,” Cohen stated. However, Cohen claimed the ultimate resolution to disclose the discover was not his.

“Clearly there was a dialogue throughout the establishment and not one of the senior officers objected. The matter of exposing the intelligence, not the operation, needed to occur because it occurred, for my part.” 

The rationale of the reveal was additionally primarily based on sending a message to Iran that the Mossad is able to infiltrating extremely delicate and secret places within the nation. 

Cohen has been recognized to additionally accompany Netanyahu on journeys overseas, act as a senior advisor, international minister and political envoy, garnering criticism that he has broken the independence and political neutrality of the Mossad. 

“The very useful relationship of belief between me and the Prime Minister is useful each for operations from the establishment, and in addition for the event of the establishment, however I do know personally that I pay a value for it,” Cohen remarked. 

Responding to the criticism, Cohen stated that “When you had been to see the heated arguments [with the prime minister] wherein I [find] myself, ought to show that I stand my floor, as a result of I stand my floor… I don’t work for the prime minister.”

Cohen additionally denied that the Mossad intentionally organized a gathering with leaders within the United Arab Emirates per week previous to the March 2021 election in Israel as means for reinforcing help for Netanyahu. 

Cohen additional remarked on one other matter, Gaza, and the transferring of Qatari cash to Hamas leaders. 

“I made a mistake in transferring Qatari cash to the Gaza Strip,” Cohen stated. He modified his thoughts following the latest flare-up in hostilities between Hamas and Israel in Could. 

“I admit that I wholeheartedly believed that the individuals of the Gaza Strip would get used to somewhat extra consolation that will enormously enhance their civilian system, [and] not be used for navy functions. I believed their lives could be higher and motivations for crises and wars diminished. And I used to be most likely incorrect. I used to be incorrect,” Cohen admitted. 

This text was initially revealed in Hebrew by Maariv and was translated to English by Cody Levine and Tobias Siegal. 


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