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Israel: military analysts insist Iran is capable of causing 'much harm'

A general view shows the Iranian nuclear power plant of Natanz, 270 kms south of Tehran, 30 March 2005. [Getty Images]
A general view shows the Iranian nuclear power plant of Natanz, 270 kms south of Tehran, 30 March 2005. [Getty Images]

Following the alleged Israeli attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear plant last Sunday, several military analysts have warned that the Islamic Republic is able to do much harm to the occupation state, Arabi21.com has reported.

According to the New York Times, "A power failure that appeared to have been caused by a deliberately planned explosion struck Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment site… in what Iranian officials called an act of sabotage that they suggested had been carried out by Israel."

Writing in Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli military analyst Ron Ben-Yishai said that the planning for the attack had taken several months. He added that the propaganda surrounding the attack "was exaggerated".

Israel never officially acknowledges involvement in any such clandestine operations. However, according to Ben-Yishai, publicity in this case is down to one man, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The former head of Israel's National Security Council, Yaacov Amidror said: "I do not know what gains Netanyahu would get from bragging about the latest attacks against Iran; however, Iran has the power to cause much harm to Israel."

In response to such attacks, he said, Iran could kidnap Israelis and damage Jewish facilities outside Israel. He pointed to what Iran is doing with Israeli shipping. "Iran could raise the level of its retaliation to Israeli attacks through launching rockets at Israel," he told the Hebrew-language Maariv.

Israel could not claim responsibility for the attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor until ten years had passed, explained the former Deputy Head of Mossad, Ram Ben Barack. "The Israeli attack on the Iranian ship should [have remained] secret… Leaking information about the attack is very dangerous."

The latest violent confrontation between Israel and Iran has taken place at a time when Tehran and the Biden administration in Washington are seeking ways to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the US in 2018.

READ: US, EU members slam Iran's 'provocative' plan to enrich uranium to 60%

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