Earlier this week, Yossi Cohen, head of Mossad, Israel’s external intelligence agency, warned that Iran and its proxies are taking over territory previously held by ISIS, in a move that could threaten Israel. ‘’Iran is working to fill the void by means of Iranian forces and local militias, that are entrenching themselves in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen”, he told a meeting of the Israeli cabinet.
He also said that Iran “has not given up on its ambitions to become a nuclear threshold state,’’ despite the 10-year delay stipulated in the agreement” adding that “the nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran has only intensified that trend and has strengthened Iranian aggression in the region”.
In the meantime, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has warned that if the US continues to impose additional sanctions on Tehran, Iran could withdraw from the JCPO 2015 nuclear agreement.
In July, sanctions were placed on 18 Iranian individuals and organisations involved in Iran’s advanced ballistic missile programme. In August, the US imposed further sanctions on individuals involved in the missile program and human rights abuses.
On 27 July, Iran launched a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit. Though the JCPOA agreement between the world powers and Iran does not forbid Iran to test missiles, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2331 prohibits Iran from “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology”.
In response to the new US sanctions, the Iranian parliament gave initial approval to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards by $260 million for each.
An Israeli television report said on Tuesday that Iran is building a facility in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The report showed satellite images it said were of the site under construction.
So with all these new developments, how could EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini attend the inauguration ceremony of president Rouhani at the end of last month? Why appeasing the Iranian regime where human rights are violated ? Acoording to Hamid Bahrami, a formal political prisoner from Iran, who works now as human rights activists and freelance journalist in the UK, the experience of Hassan Rouhani’s first term in office shows that there is a correlation between a policy of appeasement and the increase in the number of executions and public hangings in Iran…In 2015, nearly 1000 persons were executed in the country exactly as the world powers were negotiating the nuclear deal with Tehran.
With her presence in Tehran and meeting with the country’s leaders, Mogherini gives the green light to a regime that is using any opportunity to relaunch its nuclear programme while in the same time using the JCPOA to develop business and trade with the West. This is not to mention Iran’s negative actions in the region and its continued support to terrorist groups.
The Mossad Director warned that Iran is gaining strength in the region. This represents a potentially serious threat to Israel’s security but also to Europe…
Mrs Mogherini, you should listen to the Mossad chief’s analysis….