Israel appeared to confirm claims about its presence behind hitting Iran’s main nuclear facility using a cyber-attack on Sunday. Whereas Iran’s nuclear energy chief described the activity as an act of terrorism that warranted a retaliate attack against its committers. The ostensible attack occurred few hours after nuclear officials at the Natanz reactor resumed spinning advanced centrifuges that could accelerate the enriched uranium production, while it billed as a pivotal moment in the nuclear program of the country.
As Iranian officials scrambled to handle a large-scale blackout at Natanz, which the nation’s Atomic Energy Agency accepted had damaged the electricity grid at the site, Aviv Kochavi, the Israeli defense chief, said the republic’s operations in the Middle East are not invisible from the enemy. Israel forced no censorship limitations on its coverage as it did after similar earlier events and the Israeli media covered the apparent attack. Public radio of Israel took the rare step and claimed that the Mossad, the Israel intelligence agency played a vital role.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister said that the fight against Iran and its proxies and the Iranian arming efforts is a massive mission. He added without explaining that the situation that exists today will not essentially be the situation that will exist tomorrow. The unelaborated closure thought as the latest in a series of exchanges between the two countries, who fought escalating and an extensive shadow war in the Middle East for more than a decade, centered on the nuclear program of Iran and its involvement in activities beyond its borders.
Recent Background of the clash between Iran and Israel
Recently, clashes exploded between the two arch-enemies, with airstrikes against shipping, several airstrikes against proxies of Iran in Syria, the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist – Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and even oil tumble in northern Israel, which officials claimed it as environmental damage.
Natanz nuclear facility remained a central point of fears for Israel, with a blast that damaged a centrifuge assembly nuclear plant last July, and a mutual Mossad and CIA cyber-attack using Stuxnet, a computer virus in 2010 that triggered an extensive disruption and delayed the nuclear program of the country for many years.
Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief, urged the International Atomic Energy Agency and the international community to take effect against the culprits of the attack. Salehi confirmed that a cyber-terrorist attack destroyed the electricity grid of the facility. At that time, IAEA announced that it was aware of the attack reports but denied to comment further.
Salehi stated that the enemies of the country against the political and industrial progress carried out the attack because they aimed to stop the development of a country’s flourishing nuclear industry. A spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament’s energy commission, Malek Chariati, claimed it sabotage.
Further, he said that this incident occurred one day after the National Nuclear Technology Day of Iran, as the country tries to encourage the West into lifting nuclear and economic sanctions.
American President gets ready to Reactivate a Bitterly Nuclear Deal
Previously, the United States President Joe Biden announced his willingness to restart an excessively contested nuclear deal to offer economic sanctions relief in return for Iran restricting its nuclear program and not pursuing its development of a nuclear administration. The 2015 nuclear accord was the foreign policy of the former president Barack Obama’s government but rapidly reversed by his successor, Trump, who pulled out his country from the deal.
Lloyd Austin, the United States defense secretary, arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday, partially to sell the new position of Washington to skeptical Israeli officials, who have concerns that even a scaled-back Iranian Program would offer cover for developing a nuclear weapon able to reach the eastern Mediterranean. After meeting Austin, Benny Gantz, Israel’s defense minister, states that his country will work closely with American allies to ensure that any new deal with Iran will secure the main interests of America and other world and to protect the state of Israel along with preventing a dangerous arms race in the region.
The recent Israeli attacks in Syria caused huge damage to the military infrastructure of the country. Instead of urging many trusted security officials, Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president refused the proposals. Hezbollah provided a military influence on behalf of Iran, remains passionately opposed to the suggestion, which senior officials have fears that such a relocation might aim at ultimately forcing peace negotiations with its archfoe.