Spy Cables: Mossad contradicted Netanyahu’s warning on Iran

2015-02-24 08:37
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the UN General Assembly in 2012. (Seth Wenig, AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the UN General Assembly in 2012. (Seth Wenig, AP)

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Doha - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 warning to the UN General Assembly that Iran was 70% of the way to completing its "plans to build a nuclear weapon" was contradicted by his own country’s spy agency, leaked South African intelligence reports show.

The report forms parts of the Spy Cables, which have been obtained by news organisation Al Jazeera and span a period from 2006 to December 2014, and include detailed briefings and analyses written by operatives. The broadcaster began breaking details of the documents on Monday.

One document reveals that Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, sent a top secret cable to South Africa on 22 October 2012, one month after Netanyahu's speech, that laid out a "bottom line" assessment of Iran's nuclear work.

It appeared to contradict the statement by Netanyahu that Tehran was racing towards acquisition of a nuclear bomb.

Writing that Iran had not even begun the work needed to build any kind of nuclear weapon, Mossad wrote that Iran's scientists were "working to close gaps in areas that appear legitimate such as enrichment reactors".

Another cable revealed an account of the head of Israeli intelligence, Meir Dagan, lobbying on behalf of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to suppress the Goldstone Report.

Jurist Richard Goldstone had led a UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission that established war crimes were committed by both sides during Israel's 2008-2009 assault on Gaza which killed 1 400 Palestinians.

The 47-member council was poised to refer Judge Goldstone's findings to the UN General Assembly.  
Such a referral at the time was widely hyped as a devastating threat to Israel.

See Al Jazeera's video on Mossad contradicting Netanyahu here:

Read more on:    al jazeera  |  ssa  |  benjamin netanyahu  |  israel  |  qatar  |  iran  |  security  |  nuclear  |  spy cables  |  iran nuclear programme

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