A comment made by a senior Israeli Military Officer made yesterday regarding Iran has led many to assume Israel was behind the car bombing that occurred Wednesday in Tehran.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the IDF Chief of Staff reported during a closed parliamentary session before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the Iranian “efforts to pursue nuclear energy” were leading to “unnatural things” to happen to it. According to him, the coming year would be a critical year for Iran. Gantz’s comments were reported just hours before the explosion on Wednesday that killed an Iranian scientist connected to the nation’s controversial nuclear program. In addition, IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said in the wake of the bombing that he was not mourning for the killed scientists.
On Wednesday morning, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant was killed during rush hour by a car bomb. He is the latest in a string of scientists who have been killed since 2007. Iran is currently pointing fingers at the UK and Israel.
Since 2007, Israel has been lobbying the Western world to use all means necessary to shut down the Iranian nuclear program because of the Iranian leadership’s frequent comments regarding the need for Israel to be wiped out amongst many others that suggest the desire for a weapon to use against Israel. In addition, it is known that the Shiite Islam practiced in Iran is often laced with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric. However, the reluctance of the Western world to get involved has lead Israeli to suggest publicly that it is considering taking military action against Iran alone.
The US denied any involvement and condemned Roshan’s assassination. While Israel denied involvement, the latest comments suggest otherwise, although many of the assassinated scientists were known to have ties with the Iranian opposition that was brutally repressed in 2009 and were not high ranking experts in nuclear technology. Most of the high-level experts are assumed to have come from Europe, North Korea and Russia.