Even before the report was broadcast, Israel’s intelligence minister Eli Cohen said on the radio that he did not know who was responsible for the killing of Fakhrizadeh.
The scientist was attacked on Friday in a car near the capital Tehran and later succumbed to his injuries. Iran has accused archenemy Israel of being behind the killing of Fakhrizadeh and threatens retaliation. In western states and in Israel he was suspected of having been the architect of a covert nuclear weapons program. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons. Fakhrizadeh was buried in close circles on Monday.
Fakhrizadeh’s death could exacerbate conflict with Iran in the final weeks of US President Donald Trump’s term in office. At the same time, the new President-designate Joe Biden is likely to make efforts to revive the détente from the time of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.