Israel is involved in a covert war of sabotage inside Iran in an effort to delay Tehran’s attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Tuesday.
Quoting intelligence experts and an unnamed former CIA agent, the newspaper said Israel’s “decapitation” strategy had targeted members of Iran’s atomic program, hoping to set back the country’s nuclear ambitions without resorting to war.
The program has taken on extra emphasis with the election of President Barack Obama, who has adopted a more diplomatic line with Iran, quietening former Bush administration talk of a possible military strike against Iran to hit its nuclear assets.
“Disruption is designed to slow progress on the program, done in such a way they don’t realise what’s happening,” the paper quoted a former CIA operative as saying.
“The goal is delay, delay, delay until you can come up with some other solution or approach.
“We certainly don’t want the current Iranian government to have those weapons. It’s a good policy, short of taking them out militarily, which probably carries unacceptable risks.”