Israel Security Agency: Iran Trying to Hit Israeli Targets

(Ha'aretz) Barak Ravid - The head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), Yoram Cohen, said Thursday that Iran believes Israel is behind the attacks on its nuclear experts. "It doesn't matter if it's true or not that Israel took out the nuclear scientists," Cohen said. "A major, serious country like Iran cannot let this go on. They want to deter Israel and extract a price so that decision-makers in Israel think twice before they order an attack on an Iranian scientist." Cohen said Iran was working very hard abroad through the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to hit Israeli targets. "Over the past year three serious attacks were thwarted that were on the verge of being carried Turkey against the general consul in Istanbul; in Baku, Azerbaijan; and two weeks ago in Thailand." Cohen added that missile experts from abroad were now in Gaza helping Hamas and Islamic Jihad increase the range of their missiles to reach the greater Tel Aviv area, as well as their precision and the size of their warheads. With regard to the Palestinians, Cohen said Palestinian President Abbas did not want to negotiate with Israel because Abbas believes the current government will offer no more than what he had received from previous Israeli governments. "They know the maximum this government will offer will not reach their minimum."

2012-02-03 00:00:00

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