What further goals is
Israel pursuing besides the destruction of the centrifuge factory in Natanz,
In line with its doctrine of
preventing the development of an atomic bomb in Iran, Israel has again massively
undermined Iran's efforts to enrich weapons-grade uranium. On July 2, 2020,
an explosion seriously damaged the workshop building for the production of
centrifuges in Natanz. The elemination of Iranian scientists in the past and
the cyber attack on the centrifuge facility in Natanz in 2010 preceded this
Also noteworthy is the alleged
explosion of gas tanks in a building on the Khojir military complex on June
29, which, however, produces and / or stores liquid fuels for missiles.
Other accidents or explosions
in the past few weeks that seem to have nothing to do with it still awaken
the question of whether there are broader strategic interests.
In this context it should be
added that Israel have a strategic plan since their suspected submarine attacks
on tankers in the Persian Gulf, for which Iran has been blamed by fakes, to
provoke a military confrontation.
Various comments, and in particular
Mitch Prothero's article in Business Insider from July 16, 2020,
Israel keeps blowing up military targets
in Iran, hoping to force a confrontation before Trump could be voted out in
November, sources say
Iran has suffered
a series of bombings and fires at military facilities in recent weeks, including
at a major missile-production and nuclear facilities.
This is part of
a wider campaign to damage Iran or even pressure it into military confrontation
before the November election, when President Donald Trump could be voted
out, sources told Insider.
A former Israeli
defense official told Insider it was common knowledge that at least some
of the latest attacks in Iran were done by Israeli intelligence.
An EU official also
told Insider that they fear Israel is planning to provoke Iran into military
confrontation as long as Trump is sure in office.
Israel would not
be able to engage in such high-pressure operations if Joe Biden were
in office, the EU official added.
Israel is involved in an extended campaign to pressure or
damage Iran before President Donald Trump could be voted out in the November
election, a former Israeli defense official and a current EU intelligence
official have told Insider.
Israeli intelligence has been responsible for a series of bombings and fires
at Iranian military facilities in recent weeks, including an explosion that
destroyed much of a major nuclear centrifuge installation.
Iran has seen weekly incidents including explosions at a missile-production
facility on June 22; the Natanz nuclear facility, Iran's largest uranium-enrichment
facility, on July 2; and an important shipyard in the port city of Bushehr.
These attacks have put the country on edge, with nearly daily reports of fires,
explosions, and other mishaps treated as potential foreign sabotage.
Israeli officials told The New York Times in July that their intelligence
services were responsible for the nuclear facility explosion, and implied
that other attacks would be forthcoming.
A former Israeli defense official told Insider it was common knowledge in
Israeli intelligence circles that at least some of the events in Iran over
the last month were the work of Israeli intelligence operations.
"I don't know which one's exactly, and wouldn't tell you anyway, because the
entire point is for the Iranians to feel considerable stress trying to decide
what might have been our work."
The Israeli government's ongoing policy on Iran is clear, the official added.
"It's been decided to follow the Trump administration's lead of exerting 'maximum
pressure' on the Iranians," they said.
The attacks appear to be part of a campaign of "maximum pressure, minimal
strategy," said the EU intelligence official, who cannot be named discussing
active intelligence matters. Their identity is known to Insider.
The source warned that Iran could be considering a rash response after exhibiting
relative patience in the wake of the January assassination of top commander
Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike.
"It's a thing to conduct a rapid series of operations without a strategy,
and I fear the Israeli plan here is to provoke an Iranian response that can
turn into a military escalation while Trump remains in office."