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Mossad Chief Brags Assassinating Iran’s Quds Force Chief ‘Not Impossible’ – Report
Last week, Iranian officials reported that a “regional joint Israel-Arab” plot to assassinate Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani had been foiled, with the plotters allegedly planning to plant up to 500 kg of explosives under a congregation hall where the commander was set to speak.
Israel could easily assassinate Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah, and target Iran’s senior commander of foreign operations, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen has said.
In an interview with Israel’s Mishpacha magazine on Thursday, Cohen said that the Quds force commander “knows that his elimination is not impossible,” and that Soleimani “has not yet made a mistake putting him in the list of Mossad’s liquidators.”
At the same time, the official admitted that Soleimani’s “actions are identified and felt everywhere,” and that “there’s no doubt that the infrastructure he built presents a serious challenge for Israel.”
The Mossad chief also said that his agency could also assassinate Hezbollah’s leader, but that this was “not the right question.” Nasrallah, Cohen said, “knows we have the option of eliminating him.”
© PHOTO: KHAMENEI.IRHezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani
The official revealed that there was “one target that we eliminate without hesitation,” and that was officials from Palestinian political and militant group Hamas operating abroad. “From local agents to those who manage acquisitions of weapons pointed toward Israel,” Cohen explained. “There are more than a few assassinations,” he noted, but added that Israel’s enemy had “changed tactics” and was no longer “quick to attribute assassination to us, for its own reasons.”
© AP PHOTO/ KHALIL HAMRAMasked Palestinian Hamas gunmen attend a funeral for six of their fighters who were killed in an explosion Saturday, in Deir el-Balah, central Gaza Strip
Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he saw Cohen as one of the two people he thought would be “fit to lead the State of Israel.” In his Mishpacha interview, Cohen shied away from plans to enter politics for the moment, but said he definitely saw himself “in the leadership of Israel in the future.”
Last Thursday, Iranian officials reported that Maj. Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian commander who worked to assist Iraqi and Syrian forces in their battle against Daesh (ISIS)* terrorists between 2014 and 2017, and who has provided assistance to various anti-Israeli forces in the region, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, had been targeted by an assassination plot. According to reports, three alleged plotters were arrested, with no information provided regarding their identities. The Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organisation said the plot took years to concoct, and revolved around plans to place between 350 and 500 kg of explosives under a congregation hall at a religious event in Kerman, southeastern Iran, which Soleimani was supposed to attend in September. The plotters were reportedly arrested before being able to carry out the operation.
Also last week, Soleimani gave a rare media interview, revealing that he and Nasrallah barely escaped an Israeli drone attack during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.© AP PHOTO/ OFFICE OF THE IRANIAN SUPREME LEADERGen. Qasem Soleimani, third right, sits next to the commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Mohammad Ali Jafari, third left, in a meeting of the commanders of the Revolutionary Guard with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran.
Israeli officials have accused Soleimani and Iran of attempting to wage proxy wars against Tel Aviv using groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, and of building up a presence in Syria, where Iranian military assistance has been provided for the fight against various terrorist groups.
* A terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.
Israeli Mossad recognises assassination of Hamas leaders abroad
Chief of Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, acknowledged on Thursday the assassination of Hamas leaders abroad, Mishpacha, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspaper reported.
In an interview with Mishpacha, reported by the Times of Israel, Cohen stated “there are more than a few assassinations, but the enemy [Hamas] has changed tactics,” noting that Hamas “is not quick to attribute assassination to us, for its own reasons.”
However, he added “if there is one target that we eliminate without hesitation, it is Hamas officials abroad, from local agents to those who manage acquisitions of weapons pointed towards Israel.”
The Israeli official claimed that assassinations in such cases are not vengeful acts, but simply the removal of threats.
When asked about Iranian military official Qasim Soleimani’s claim that Israel targeted him along with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut in 2006, Cohen confirmed “with all due respect to his bluster, he has not necessarily committed the mistake yet that would place him on the prestigious list of Mossad’s assassination targets.”
Cohen added “he [Soleimani] knows very well that his assassination is not impossible. His actions are identified and felt everywhere… there is no doubt the infrastructure he built presents a serious challenge for Israel.”
On Iran, he stated “Israel is not interested in conflict with Iran… Israel has but one interest: to prevent any option of Iran achieving military nuclear capability.”
“We don’t want the regime to collapse, we don’t want revenge against nuclear scientists or to bomb bases in Tehran. In the end, Israel wants to bring Iran to the table and then bring about a deal that locks away any option of military nuclear capability.”
He stressed that Iran is currently “absolutely not” an existential threat but “a security challenge,” but that this would change if it acquired nuclear weapons.
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, October 2019, p. 70
Reviewed by Walter L. Hixson
By Ronen Bergman, Random House, 2018, hardcover, 636 pp. MEB: $26.
“Since World War II Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world.” With that simple, chilling statement Ronen Bergman prefaces his comprehensive history of Israel’s policy of state-sanctioned murder of perceived enemies. For years, Israel has assumed the role of judge, jury and executioner in defiance of international law and international boundaries as well.
Bergman’s book is comprehensive, well-written and highly revealing. Despite a “complex array of laws and protocols,” including “strict military censorship” and sharp limitations on press freedom, the effort to maintain secrecy over the history of the assassination program failed, enabling him to write the book. How could this happen? Because, Bergman explains, it turns out, “Everyone wants to speak about what they’ve done.”
For decades Israel’s secret intelligence service, the Mossad, under direct supervision of the prime minister, has carried out targeted assassinations in multiple countries. Israel’s assassinations have killed many opponents, but they have also killed scores of innocent bystanders. Israel typically exercised caution about killing innocent people during its operations in Europe, but “as long as the targets were located in enemy countries, and as long as the innocent civilians were Arabs, the finger on the trigger became quicker.”
Israeli patriarch David Ben-Gurion cultivated secrecy and kept a tight personal rein on Shin Bet, the internal security service modeled on the FBI, as well as on the Mossad. The trope “state security” was invoked to justify illegal activities ranging from arbitrary arrest and torture to assassination, all of it done as the “sole democracy” of the Middle East kept the public in the dark. Even when actions did become public, policies did not change. After he perpetrated the notorious Qibya massacre in October 1953, killing 69 innocent Jordanian villagers, Ariel Sharon nonetheless “was given free rein to use special forces and secret units to unearth and kill [alleged] terrorists.”
The intensity of Israel’s targeted killings accelerated in the wake of the post-1967 occupation and the increased Palestinian resistance and guerrilla assaults on Israelis. Following the deaths of its athletes at the 1972 Munich games, Israel broadened authorization to assassinate “in effect, anyone suspected of belonging to the PLO.”
Targeted killings accelerated after the election of Likud leader Menachem Begin. Israel attacked scores of Palestinian targets with hit squads, car bombs, and even explosives strapped to donkeys and sent into Arab marketplaces.
Unable to grasp the causes and implications of the Intifada in 1987, Israeli security forces responded with arrests, torture, demolition of homes, and targeted killings. As Hamas grew in popularity, Israeli security forces began to kill its leaders. Israel botched an attempted assassination of Hamas’ Khaled Meshal, who was injected with poison but survived.
In the wake of 9/11, the “global war on terror” enabled Israel to normalize its shoot to kill policies. Israel began publicizing the targeted killings, some of which were carried out by the new lethal technology of drone attacks. In 2000, Israel approved 24 targeted killings; the number rose to 84 in 2001; 101 in 2002; and 135 in 2003.
A former head of Shin Bet invoked Hannah Arendt’s famous phrase “banality of evil”—which she had used to describe Adolf Eichmann’s calm demeanor at trial as he related his complicity in the Nazi genocide—to describe Israel’s business-as-usual approach to targeted killings.
Overall, however, Israeli society generally supported targeted assassination and often celebrated its accomplishments. Despite the undemocratic and capricious nature of the targeted assassinations, as well as the many blunders that he chronicles, Bergman concludes on a patriotic note, arguing that targeted assassinations “triumphed” over terrorism.
While Bergman’s conclusions are highly subjective, there is no question he has provided a valuable service by meticulously chronicling the long and sordid history of Israel’s state-sponsored terror attacks.
Israel’s murderous intent
September 24, 2019
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
The Israelis are known for breaking every international convention in their quest to silence those they perceive to be a threat to their dream of the Zionist control of Palestinian land. In the past, they have carried out many assassinations of Arab and non-Arab figures sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.
Deep within the bowels of the Mossad and the existing machinery of the Israeli government, there are also elements that believe that even heads of state should not be immune from their policy of selected target assassinations.
A perfect example of such well-hidden secrets came to light several years ago during Obama’s presidency when Andrew Adler, owner-publisher of the US-based Atlanta Jewish Times, suggested that Israel may have considered that someday they would have to “order a hit” on none other than the US president.
The dastardly plan was for the Israeli leadership to approve a covert plan for US-based Mossad agents to assassinate the sitting US president if he was seen to waver from total support to Israel in their deep-rooted quest for regional hegemony. With the US president out of the way, this would bring the vice-president to the top post, and allow him to push forward the United States policy that would assist the Zionist state to “obliterate its enemies”.
In his column, Adler suggested that it was highly likely that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his inner circle would give deep-rooted US based Mossad agents “the go-ahead to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel”. Adler wrote that “it was very likely that the idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles,” given the Israeli suspicions of Obama’s true intent on a balanced US foreign policy in the region.
Incredible as it may sound, Adler’s assumptions that the Israeli government had considered such a scenario and would have no qualms about using its US-based agents to carry out the assassination orders may be very close to the truth.
In a true set of events not unlike the scenario described by Adler in the Atlanta Jewish Times, back in 1991 the US Secret Service were warned of possible Israeli plans to assassinate the sitting US President, George H. Bush when he went to Madrid for the opening of the peace conference between the Israelis and the Arabs to be held that year. This came to light when in a 1992 column in the Washington Report for Middle East Affairs, a former 11-term Republican Congressman from Illinois, Paul Findley elaborated on the heinous Israeli plan and how it was blown.
Findley’s source, a former Mossad agent named Victor Ostrovsky revealed that he had received secret intelligence implying that the “the Mossad’s hatred of Bush and support for Vice President Dan Quayle might lead to an attempt on the president’s life.” The US president had made Israel angry by pressuring it to stop its illegal settlement expansion on confiscated Palestinian land or else risk the US withholding all loan guarantees. Vice-President Quayle, on the other hand, was seen to be more sympathetic to Israeli territorial expansions, illegal as they were.
According to the Mossad agent Ostrovsky, the Mossad did not want a peace treaty on equal terms and wanted “to do everything possible to preserve a state of war between Israel and its neighbors, assassinating President Bush, if necessary,” and that “a PR campaign was already underway in both Israel and the United States to prepare public acceptance of Dan Quayle as president.”
Alison Weir, president of the US-based Council for the National Interest and the founder of the organization If Americans Knew, writes, “In recent years a growing number of American peace activists have been intentionally killed, maimed, and injured by Israeli forces. … All of this has been minimally reported in the US press.”
“While major news media from England to Israel to Australia covered the Jewish Times’ apparent endorsement of a possible Israeli assassination of a US President, the alarming claims were largely missing from US media.
“Such news omissions concerning Israeli partisans are not rare. In 2004 a fanatic Israel loyalist wrote a letter saying that he was going to burn down Presbyterian churches while worshippers were inside. This grisly threat also received minimal media play. Just imagine! This time it was about killing a US president and yet their media surrendered to the powerful Zionist lobby with barely a mention!
“Despite Israeli violence against Americans, even while American taxpayers have given Israel far more of their tax money than to any other nation, American presidential candidates continue to vie over who is most devoted to Israel.”
It is unfortunate that this uneven pandering to the whims of Israelis is what drives US foreign policy to be so one-sided and biased against Arabs and Muslims in the region, while Israel’s silent and sinister expansion plans are obscured in the smokescreen of other regional threats.