February 13, 2012
Mossad boss Tamir Pardo made a secret visit to officials in the United States earlier this month, according to a Newsweek article. An unnamed official involved in the discussion told Newsweek Mossad “wanted to take the pulse of the Obama administration and determine what the consequences would be if Israel bombed Iranian nuclear sites over American objections,” the authors write.
Pardo had a number of questions, including: “What is our posture on Iran? Are we ready to bomb? Would we [do so later]? What does it mean if [Israel] does it anyway?”
Following news of Pardo’s secret meeting, Israel claimed Iran is engaged in attacks on its diplomats. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran’s proxy Hezbollah was involved in dual bomb attacks on embassies in India and Georgia. There were no deaths in the attacks, although four people were injured, including an Israeli diplomat.
Iran responded by saying Israel had launched a false flag attack on its own embassies in New Delhi and Tbilisi in order to “tarnish Iran’s friendly ties with the host countries.”
“Israel perpetrated the terror actions to launch psychological warfare against Iran,” Iran’s Republic News Agency (IRNA) said.
Israel was accused of bombing its own consulate in London in 1994. Mossad is said to have also bombed the Israeli embassy in Argentina in 1992. The Islamic Jihad Organization claimed responsibility for the attack. Israel said Iran was behind the attack.
In addition to psychological warfare, Israel has conducted a number of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. A report published by the Sunday Times in January revealed that Mossad was behind the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a nuclear chemist. Following the report, the United States and Britain denied any involvement in the assassination program. Roshan was the fourth scientist killed since January of 2010 and follows a series of attacks on defense and nuclear facilities.
On February 9, it was reported that Mossad used an Iranian terror group to carry out the assassinations. The Israeli intelligence service trained and armed Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization, or MEK, which is officially designated as a terrorist group by the State Department.
The group is supported by the CIA. MEK has killed U.S. servicemen and contractors and supported the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
Israel is notorious for “targeted killings,” a euphemism for assassination. In addition to routine killings of Palestinian activists, Mossad targeted Egyptian workers at a rocket factory in Heluan, Egypt, and a German rocket scientist working for Egypt’s missile program. The German scientist, Heinz Krug, was abducted in Munich in 1962 and his body was never found.