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Rivlin: ‘Impossible’ does not exist in Mossad dictionary… Iran at war could be good for Israel

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Rivlin: ‘Impossible’ does not exist in Mossad dictionary

President lights Hanukkah candles with Mossad members, awards several outstanding members of Israel’s intelligence agency.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/12/19

Reuven Rivlin

Reuven RivlinMark Neiman/GPO

As he does every year at Hanukkah, President Reuven Rivlin and Head of the Mossad Yossi Cohen came together to award certificates of excellence to four women and nine men of the Mossad. The traditional ceremony, which took place for the tenth time at Beit HaNasi (the President’s Residence) Thursday evening,

Among the outstanding men and women to receive certificates of excellence was a female combatant who leads her comrades in complex and dangerous missions, taking personal responsibility for carrying them out safely and effectively, trains the next generation of combatants and ensures their professional development under her command. A certificate of excellence was also awarded to a combatant who took part in a key and significant mission including unique and wide-ranging activity overseas, performing his role with exceptional dedication and always aspiring to excellence. Other certificates were awarded to a female intelligence officer whose work includes dealing with key strategic issues and a cyber engineer who has developed ground-breaking new technology that allows the intelligence community access to new areas. Another outstanding employee creates unique solutions for the Mossad’s activities as a whole, in Israel and overseas.

“In the Mossad’s dictionary, you will not find the word ‘impossible’. No target is too far away, there is no individual who cannot be reached, and nothing that remains out of its sight. The best intelligence agencies in the world are proud to work with the Mossad because of its spirit, your daring and your bravery, because of Israeli creativity and chutzpah,” said the president at the beginning of his remarks, making special note of the legendary Marcelle Ninio and Rafi Eitan, the outstanding combatant, who passed away this year.

The president added: “The difference between failure and success is sometimes the blink of an eye. An unnecessary step, a forgotten item, a biological trace left behind. It requires – and that is the reason for this special occasion – the Mossad to be an institution of excellence. For the Mossad, excellence is not a luxury; it is the only way to survive in the world of the shadows. You, the recipients of certificates of excellence, are essential to our security. Our enemies lay in wait, looking for any crack or gap to get through. They are frustrated by their failure to harm us, and never stop searching for a way to catch us unawares. To protect ourselves in the neighborhood we live in, we have no option but to be sharper and much better. We have technological means, smart weapons, advanced software and cyber tools – but in the end, it is the people. You are the ones facing them. Without the operative who manages to infiltrate wherever it is, the analyst who finds the spot, the programmer who writes immaculate lines of code, the combatant who hits the right target and the data miner who finds pearls in the sea of information that turn into operations – without you, we would not be able to win.”

The president concluded his remarks with thanks to the families who know and don’t know, understand and don’t understand and live with a great number of question marks, saying, “Thank you. Thank you for your patience, thank you for your great support. Do well and succeed. Chag Sameach!”


Iran at war could be good for Israel

Analysis: Should Tehran decide to retaliate for the U.S. attack on its militias in Iraq, it would be playing into the hands of those in Jerusalem who are advocating the use of Iran’s growing unpopularity in Iraq and its economic crisis at home to push it out of Syria altogether

Alex Fishman|Published: 12.31.19

The possibility that Iran will drag Israel in a developing military conflict with the United States presents an opportunity for Jerusalem.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett’s clear message to his staff regarding this potential conflict marks a shift in Israeli strategy. Iran, according to Bennett, must be made to view the price of conflict with Israel as being too high.If IDF strikes thus far have come in response to Iranian action, such as transporting weaponry intended to boost Iran’s entrenchment efforts in Syria and Lebanon, Israel would now initiate an offensive campaign against the weaponry before it crosses the border from Iraq and at a substantial cost to Iranian lives.There is no assurance that all the IDF general staff is in complete accordance with the new minister’s aggressive plan, but one missile directed a major city such as at Haifa, for example, might sway those in doubt.

A U.S. strike against the Hezbollah Brigade in Iraq

Should Iran decide to retaliate for the American attack on its militias in Iraq earlier this week, it would be playing into the hands of those in Jerusalem who are advocating the use of Iran’s growing unpopularity in Iraq and its economic crisis at home to push the Islamic Republic out of Syria altogether.The new year will likely see a military conflict between Iranian and American forces. The first indication of this came with the American attack on the Iraq-based Hezbollah Brigade militia on Sunday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a clear warning to Iraq last June, when he said that the death of an American on Iraqi soil would be a violation of the red line as far as the administration is concerned. And that has now come to pass.There are two accelerating factors that may come into play. One is aggressive military action by Iran, either directly or through its proxies, against the United States and its allies in the region.If Tehran decides to bring Israel into the conflict as leverage against the United States, Jerusalem will be forced to engage in battle with Iranian forces in Syria and perhaps Lebanon as well.

נשיא איראן חסן רוחאני בסיור באחד הכורים הגרעיניים במדינה במסגרת "יום הטכנולוגיה הגרעינית" באיראן באפריל האחרון

Another accelerating factor would be more violations of the 2015 nuclear deal.The Islamic Republic made its first move on November 4, when it announced steps that distance it from compliance with the deal.These violations could see Iran nearing production of uranium to a grade 10 time higher than the agreement allows by the spring of 2020. That would put the Iran nuclear project, as far as both Israel and the United States are concerned, at a breakthrough position towards a nuclear weapon.Tehran has been warning that as of January their uranium enrichment will rise above 4.5%, using new technology banned by the nuclear deal. This could be the moment European signatories decide to join the U.S. sanctions, leaving all options for further conflict open and presenting an opportunity for preventive measures to be taken by either Israel, the United States or some other player.

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