Israel Assassinates Iranian Nuclear Scientist Near Tehran

Chris Menahan
Nov. 28, 2020

Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a Mossad hit on Friday while driving down the street in his own country in a suburb near their capital of Tehran.

From Moon of Alabama, "Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist Assassinated As Israel Tries To Provoke War":
Today the top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fahrizade was assassinated in a complex terror attack while driving on a highway in Absard, a small city just east of Tehran. An explosion stopped his car. Then shots were fired at him from two directions.

Between 2010 and 2012 four other nuclear scientist in Iran were assassinated in similar ways.

There is little doubt about who is responsible for this attack:

Fakhrizadeh was named by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018 as the director of Iran’s nuclear weapons project.

When Netanyahu revealed then that Israel had removed from a warehouse in Tehran a vast archive of Iran’s own material detailing with its nuclear weapons program, he said: “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

According to the IAEA Iran did not and does not have a nuclear weapons program. More than 20 years back some Iranian scientists did an organizational study about what they would have to do to create a nuclear weapons program. But politics intervened and the program was never launched.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has since its establishment rejected all weapons of mass destruction out of religious reasons. Its leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa the prohibits any attempts to develop, produce or otherwise introduce such weapons.

While a terror attack against its top nuclear scientist can be seen as an act of war Iran is unlikely to openly take revenge for it. Doing such would only play into Netanyahoo's hands as he attempts to goad the U.S. into an attack on Iran.

The assassination of Mohsen Fahrizade does not aim at Iran's nuclear program. Its purpose is to assassinate the nuclear deal with Iran before president elect Joe Biden comes into office.
Trump retweeted Israeli journalist Yossi Melman saying Mossad wanted him dead and "his death is a major psychological and professional blow for Iran."

Israel has carried out a host of similar assassinations of scientists on Iranian soil in the name of "self-defense."

As the Jerusalem Post reported in 2015, Israeli Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon "hinted" that Israel was responsible for said assassinations, saying: "Ultimately it is very clear, one way or another, Iran's military nuclear program must be stopped. We will act in any way and are not willing to tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. We prefer that this be done by means of sanctions, but in the end, Israel should be able to defend itself."

Interestingly, ex-CIA chief and former communist John Brennan put out a self-righteous statement condemning the assassination.

"While Brennan ran the CIA, 4 civilian Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated (2010-2012)," Ian Bremmer responded on Twitter. "He never made a public statement like this."

I suspect Brennan is just playing "good cop" with Iran to get them to take their guard down and give them false hope.

Judging by Biden's appointments, it seems likely that if he succeeds in taking the White House they're going to go in for the kill.

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