Israel’s ‘Covert’ Attack on Nuclear Site as Biden Pushes for Talks with Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi in Bushehr Nuclear Plant. Photo by Tasnim News Agency via (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.en) Wikipedia Commons

Israel has all but openly admitted it was behind the large-scale blackout at Natanz, Iran’s primary nuclear facility and reactor. The Iranian terror regime’s Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged the cyber-attack had damaged the electricity grid at the site. Israeli defense chief, Aviv Kochavi, said, according to news reports, that the country’s “operations in the Middle East are not hidden from the eyes of the enemy.”

This strike was done as Team Biden continues to push for talks with Iran, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits Israel.

The Guardian noted that the “apparent attack took place hours after officials at the Natanz reactor restarted spinning advanced centrifuges that could speed up the production of enriched uranium, in what had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s nuclear programme.”

Whether this was a cyber-attack or internal sabotage, or a combination of covert efforts, is not yet clear. What is clear is that Israel is sending a very public message.

Israel imposed no censorship restrictions on coverage as it had often done after similar previous incidents. Israeli Public radio took the unusual step of claiming that the Mossad intelligence agency had played a central role.

Israel remains highly focused on neutralizing Natanz, with a mysterious explosion damaging a centrifuge assembly plant last July, and in 2010, a combined CIA and Mossad cyber-attack using the Stuxnet computer virus delayed Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program several years.

But, this is just the most recent clash in the ongoing ‘shadow war’ between Israel and Iran.

As the Guardian explains:

The unexplained shutdown is thought to be the latest in a series of exchanges between the two arch-enemies, who have fought an extensive and escalating shadow war across the Middle East over more than decade, centred on Iran’s nuclear programme and its involvement in matters beyond its borders.

Clashes have more recently been fought in the open, with strikes against shipping, the killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist, hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian proxies in Syria, and even a mysterious oil spill in northern Israel, which officials there have claimed was environmental sabotage.

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, called the apparent Israeli action a “terrorist attack” and urged the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take action against the attackers. The IAEA said it was aware of the reports but declined to comment further.

This attack comes at an awkward time for President Biden as he seeks to re-engage Iran on talks to renew the failed 2015 nuclear deal. And Team Biden responded quickly:

“The United States had no involvement,” a senior administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity told U.S. News almost immediately after receiving an email query, adding, “we have nothing to add to speculation about the causes.”

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Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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James
James
3 months ago

I would expect current leadership to run and hide in their respective sanctuaries…jwstx

Deployed
Deployed
3 months ago
Reply to  James

Vice Chairwoman Harris when questioned replied, “Ha, haaaa, haaa, you mean nuclear material and weapons? Ha,haha, haaaa.”

jay
jay
3 months ago
Reply to  Deployed

Shes selling more earnings to iran for obama.

patrioted
3 months ago

Biden can’t wait for the Iranians to get Nukes. As long as they pay him and, give him a place to live when they Nuke America. Money is selling out America by Biden.

joe
joe
3 months ago

Senile Democrap Joe Biden the USA Commander in Chief has the Washington Monument wobbling on its foundation!

jay
jay
3 months ago
Reply to  joe

Time to throw biden out one his ass like we did obama

THOMAS
THOMAS
3 months ago

Too bad it did not trigger a meltdown !

Alan
Alan
3 months ago

Israel has a leader that cares and will do something without caring what “world opinion” thinks. Good for them, biden sure wouldn’t decide to help them as Trump would do. They are our best allies in the region and we should support them.

clyde
3 months ago

if Israel wants to survive, they need to ignore the democrat/communist Americans.

Jay
Jay
3 months ago
Reply to  clyde

They have no choice , since The Irags have sworn to obliterate Israel. Creepy Joe and cackeling Kam would laugh all the way to their offshore bank with the kicbacks from Irag.

jay
jay
3 months ago
Reply to  clyde

And bom iran every day tell nothing left.

Pgb
Pgb
3 months ago

Wonder how many pallets of cash Beijing Briben will send to the mullahs?

Jay
Jay
3 months ago
Reply to  Pgb

However much is left after he and his handler Obumbo gets their cut.

Rick
Rick
3 months ago

And To Think, The Anti-Semite in the white house is still trying to Get The talks Going….
and Either way the Assahola Khumaniac is going to get lots of taxpayer monies from kommissar Bribedenski….

Purple heart
Purple heart
3 months ago

Senile old pervert will lie,steal,and destroy. Read scripture to find who he shares these ideals with,hint Satan

Mario Locasto
3 months ago

Israel don’t believe anything that anyone in the puppet president administration they will flat out lie. They will screw your country and will not keep their word on anything they promised. The American Indians one said that government man Speaks with forked tongue he’d that warning’

Robert Waddell
Robert Waddell
3 months ago

This is how a true leader leads! Why can’t The United States eliminate the threat within and take out the trash and get on with our lives?

Robert Waddell
Robert Waddell
3 months ago

Israel should realize how much trouble this DNC is causing us Citizens and further realize that the true friends of Israel in the USA are being destroyed by the true enemy of Israel and take out this DNC-Chicago anarchy, and Soros!


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