Selin ATAY-TDO- "The world should thank Israel for the assassination of the father of Iran's nuclear weapons program," said a senior Israeli official on the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
The Israeli senior official, who was involved for years in tracking Fakhrizadeh for Israel, also said the country would continue to take any necessary steps against Tehran’s nuclear program.
Iran's top politicians and clerics, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, blame Israel for the assassination of the nuclear physicist. Howeveri Tel Aviv has not made any official statement that they claimed responsibility for the assassination or denied the assassination.
Bruce Riedel, a former official at the Central Intelligence Agency with experience in Israel, told the US newspaper that Jerusalem was showing extraordinary levels of ability in striking at key individuals in enemy territory.
The Former CIA official Bruce Riedel said the assassination in Iran was " an unprecedented operation." "There is no indication that the Iranians are able to fight effectively," Bruce Riedel added.
Bruce Riedel, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, said in a statement that "most of the resources of the Israeli intelligence services have been transferred to Iranian research, and this is behind the success of the operation." In addition to his statement, Riedel also claimed that Israel had established a network of people inside Iran using native Persian speakers effectively within the Israeli population and Israel had established bases of operations in Azerbaijan to reach Iran more easily.
“The fact that Fahrizadeh was assassinated eight years after the last murder attributed to Israel shows that something new is in the game or is approaching, " the former CIA official also said, warning that new Israeli actions are on the way.