On Monday, during a speech at a security conference in Herzliyah, Israel, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen disclosed a range of activities his organization undertook over the past few years and which have saved countless lives across the globe.
In a James Bond movie one person saves the world, Cohen said, adding that in our world “many (Mossad) operatives” do this.
The Mossad director claimed that his agents found out that Iran had been plotting to carry out terror attacks in The Netherlands, Germany, Turkey and France while training 300 operatives in Syria who were supposed to export the Islamist revolution to Africa.
Cohen also revealed that Iran paid $100 million last year to Palestinian terror groups in Gaza in order to make them increase pressure on Israel by means of the so-called "Great Match of Return" and organizing violence along the Israeli border with Gaza.
The Mossad has also delivered intelligence that thwarted terror attacks against civilian planes around the world and saved the lives of Jews everywhere.
Oman’s recent rapprochement toward Israel was also the result of a Mossad operation, according to Cohen. He said that Mossad agents had conducted clandestine meetings with Omani diplomats prior to the US-organized economic conference about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Bahrain which took place at the end of June.
Thanks to the Mossad, Israel now has quiet relations with many Sunni Arab countries, Cohen told the conference.
Addressing the nuclear stand-off with Iran, Cohen revealed that members of the Mossad team which stole a large part of Iran’s nuclear archive would receive awards from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week.
Cohen claimed that the Mossad operation in Iran at the beginning of 2018 had “changed the way the world views Iran” and insisted Iran was lying about the nature of its nuclear program.
Iranian claims that its uranium enrichment program was for medical purposes only are “flat-out lies” according to the Mossad chief, who added that “only clear determination to stop it from getting a nuclear weapon can stop it (Iran).”
Cohen pointed to Iran’s determination to expand its ballistic missile program and said this was another indication the mullah regime has not abandoned its nuclear weapons program.
His words gained more significance after Mojtaba Zonnour, the former chairman of Iran’s Nuclear Subcommittee and current chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament, threatened to destroy Israel within half an hour in case the United States would attack Iran.
“If America attacks us, Israel will survive for less than half an hour,” Zonnour bragged.
The high-ranking Iranian official also claimed that all 36 American bases in the Middle East are under Iran’s "surveillance" and within reach of its ballistic missiles.
Zonnour’s statement again raises the question of whether Iran is already in possession of nuclear weapons.
Former CIA spy Reza Khalili (not his real name), who delivered intelligence to the US while being a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claimed in October 2011 that Iran already has nuclear weapons.
According to Khalili, Iran purchased tactical nuclear weapons from former Soviet-Union republic Kazakhstan.
Khalili cited Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, an experienced intelligence officer and recipient of a Bronze Star, who told the CIA spy that his sources had reported to him that Iran had two workable nuclear warheads in 2011.
Earlier, in April 2006, the Russian journal Novaia Gazeta disclosed that a shocking 250 nuclear warheads from the Ukrainian nuclear arsenal were missing after the collapse of the Soviet-Union.
The Russian magazine suggested that the missing nuclear warheads could have ended up in Iran.
Another possibility is that Iran has transferred a part of its nuclear weapons program to a third country, most likely Syria.
In 2015, the German magazine Der Spiegel claimed that Iran had built a new nuclear facility in the west Syrian town of Qusayr close to the Lebanese border.
Der Spiegel claimed that 8,000 fuel rods were stored at the site, but American weapon expert Jennifer Dyer thought Qusayr could also be a plutonium facility.
The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security published a report in March 2018 which also dealt with Qusayr.
The report stated that while “evidence remains inconclusive”, there is reason to believe that Syria, apparently with help from North Korea and Iran, built a new underground nuclear facility in Qusayr.
The institute's investigators, among them former IAEA nuclear inspector David Albright, reviewed satellite images of Qusayr and noted that the site was located close to an underground aquifer that could be used to cool a nuclear reactor.
They also observed that efforts had been made to camouflage large amounts of excavated limestone earth which had been covered with brown earth on a nearby terraced hill.
Earlier intercepted radio traffic between a high-ranking Hezbollah operative and Ibrahim Othman, the head of the Syrian Atomic Energy Commission, furthermore revealed that Qusayr was indeed a nuclear site.
The Hezbollah commander referred to Qusayr as “the atomic factory”, while officers of the Free Syrian Army who fought against Assad’s army in the Qusayr region reported that Iranians were guarding “the nuclear site.”
As for Cohen’s remarkable speech at IDC in Herzliyah, the Mossad chief indicated that more information on the exact nature of Iran’s nuclear program could be released in the near future.