Tehran, Iran (AP) – An opinion piece published on Sunday by a hard-line Iranian newspaper urged Iran to attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel early established the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program Carried out the killing of the scientist who did it.
Although the hard-line Kahan newspaper has long argued for aggressive retaliation for campaigns targeting Iran, Sunday’s opinion piece went further, suggesting any attack to be carried out in a way that features Destroys and causes “heavy human casualties.”
Israel has not commented on the merciless killing of Mohsin Fakhrizadeh, suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the past decade. A military-style ambush on the outskirts of Tehran on Friday A truck bomb blast was reportedly observed and gunmen opened fire on the scientist, killing him and a bodyguard.
US intelligence agencies and UN nuclear inspectors have said about the organized military nuclear program that Fakhrizadev disbanded in 2003, but Israel’s suspicion of Tehran’s nuclear program and its involvement never waned.
Kahan published an excerpt written by Iranian analyst Sadolah Zarei, who argued Iran’s previous reactions to suspected Israeli airstrikes that killed Revolutionary Guard forces in Syria, which had not gone too far to stop Israel. He said that after the US drone attack in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general in January, an attack on Haifa was needed compared to Iran’s ballistic missile attack against US troops in Iraq.
Attacking the Israeli city of Haifa and killing large numbers of people “would certainly cause condemnation, as the United States and the Israeli regime and its agents are unwilling to participate in the war and military confrontation.” .
While Kahan is a small circulation newspaper in Iran, its editor-in-chief, Hosain Shariatmadari, was appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and has been described as a consultant in the past.
Haifa, on the Mediterranean Sea, is formerly threatened by both Iran and one of its supporters, the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.
Such a strike would likely draw an immediate Israeli reprisal and spark widespread conflict throughout the Middle East. While Iran has never directly targeted any Israeli city, it has in the past carried out attacks targeting Israeli interests abroad in connection with the killing of its scientists, such as the recently detained British- Three Iranians were freed in Thailand in exchange for an Australian academic..
Israel is also believed to have its own nuclear weapons, a repository that neither confirms nor refuses to keep.
The Iranian parliament on Sunday heard about Fakhrizadeh’s assassination. Subsequently, the speaker of the parliament, Mohammad Bakar Ghalibuff, said Iran’s enemies should regret killing him.
In a program broadcast on Iranian state radio, he said, “The criminal enemy has no regrets except for a rapid response.”
A public session of MPs saw him chanting: “Death to America!” And “Death to Israel!”
He also began reviewing a bill that would stop oversight by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The nuclear watchman has provided an unprecedented, real-time take on Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
The deal has been settled after Trump’s unilateral withdrawal of US 2018 from the agreement. Iran’s civil nuclear program has continued its experiments and is now increasing uranium reserves to 4.5% purity.
It is still well below the 90% level of weapons-grade, though experts have warned Iran to recombine fuels for at least two nuclear bombs if it is chosen to pursue them. The pass is now less enriched uranium. The proposed bill, reportedly, would require Iran’s civilian nuclear program to produce at least 120 kilograms (265 pounds) of uranium enriched by 20% – a small technical step up to 90%.
Iran’s 290-seat parliament is dominated by hard-liners who support the bill. Eventually it must be approved by the Guardian Council of Iran. Khamenei has the final say on all matters of the state.
Khamenei called Fakhrizadeh “the country’s leading and eminent nuclear and defensive scientist” and called for “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing, without elaborating.
Fakhrizadeh spearheaded Iran’s so-called AMAD program, which Israel and the West alleged was a military operation given the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon. The IAEA states that the “structured program” ended in 2003. US intelligence agencies agreed with that assessment in a 2007 report.
Israel said Iran was still intent on developing nuclear weapons. It argues that Iran’s ballistic missile program and other research could help build the bomb if it pursues one – especially after the 2015 nuclear deal provisions expired. Iran has long kept its nuclear program peaceful and has no plans to build a nuclear bomb.
Amos Yadlin, a one-time head of Israeli military intelligence, who now serves as the director of the National Security Studies Institute of Tel Aviv University, allegedly Fakhrizadeh “carried out all covert activities with the program’s weaponization.”
The damage to his death cannot be measured because no one really knows the scope and depth of what the Iranians are secretly doing, “Yamalin said.” But there is no doubt that he is right to the program, Were the main sources of knowledge and organization. “
The prospect of Fakhrizadeh’s assassination complicates the plans of President-Elect Joe Biden, who has said that his administration will consider resuming Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. It also risks an open conflict in President Donald Trump’s final week in office, Yadlin said, because any retaliation could spark a US military response.
“I highly recommend officers to keep their mouth shut and not leak anything. He has already spoken too much, ”he said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s secret remarks with his supporters that he could not discuss everything that was done last week.
“Any further evidence that would help the Iranians decide on retaliation against Israel is a mistake,” Yadlin said.
Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press authors Joseph Kruse and Joseph Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.