Monday 30th November 2020
After the fatal attack on the leading nuclear scientist Mohsen Fachrisadeh, new allegations against Israel are being raised from Iran. According to an Iranian television report, an Israeli weapon was used in the attack. The logo and features of the Israeli defense industry were discovered on it, reported the English-language Press TV, citing an unnamed source. 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 Fachrisadeh. The Fars news agency reported that the weapon was a remote-controlled machine gun.
The scientist was attacked in a car near the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday and later succumbed to his injuries. Iran has accused archenemy Israel of being behind the killing of Fachrisadeh 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.
Fachrisadeh’s death could worsen the 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.
“Martyrdom an honor”
Fachrisadeh has meanwhile been buried in Tehran. The ceremony was broadcast live on state television. Because of the Corona crisis, only family members of the physicist and high-ranking generals were allowed to attend the funeral. “Our enemies know that no crime in Iran will go unanswered and unpunished,” said Defense Minister Amir Hatami in the funeral speech. The “terrorists” should also know that being martyred in Iran is an honor. The fatal attack will not stop the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, since Fachrisadeh’s path will be continued “even more consistently” by Iranian scientists.
The hardliners in the country are demanding vengeance for the murder of the nuclear physicist. Your mouthpiece, the daily “Kejhan”, even demands a military attack on the Israeli port city of Haifa. President Hassan Ruhani, however, warns against a drastic reaction, since this is exactly what the assassins wanted to do to provoke a new conflict with Iran.