So what blew up near one of Iran’s nuclear sites?
Reports are emerging that something exploded Saturday night above the Iranian city of Badroud, near the Natanz nuclear site, where Iran performs some of its uranium enrichment. What caused the blast isn’t clear yet, but suspicions immediately turned to Israel. During a press conference, the Israeli Deputy Defense Minister, Alon Schuster, was asked about it today. His answers were somewhat vague, so that didn’t provide a lot of help in solving the mystery, though he did seem to imply that Israel was aware that “something” had happened. But conflicting statements and stories are coming from both sides at the moment, so this may take some time to sort out. It was, however, rather interesting that Schuster seemed to deflect the question by saying, “we don’t ask a man what he did at night.” (Times of Israel)
Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster on Sunday refrained from directly answering questions about a blast in the vicinity of an Iranian nuclear site a day earlier, only saying he “can’t say” what hit Natanz.
When asked what Israel had to say about the explosion on Saturday near the Natanz site, Schuster said: “We don’t ask a man what he did at night, but we are currently trying to bring about a change in the motivations of the whole world through diplomatic means.”
“Iran is a problem for the whole world, and not just the State of Israel alone,” the Blue and White lawmaker told Radio 103FM when asked about potential Israeli involvement in the explosion.
“We have a duty to be brave and responsible for the fate of our children and grandchildren,” he said. “We have used force against our enemies in the past and we are convinced that in extreme situations, there is a need to act using military means.”
“We hope the whole world will be mobilized for the mission. For that, we’ve allocated a significant sum to increase our readiness. What hit Natanz? I can’t say,” Schuster added.
There is a report that Israel has budgeted in a $1.5 NIS to prep for the military and a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear program. This includes funding for weapons to target heavily fortified underground sites, various types of aircraft to deliver this strike, along intelligence-gathering drones to assess the damage.
The explosion on Saturday was heard in the skies over the Iranian city of Badroud, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Natanz nuclear plant.
Several media outlets, including Nour News, a website linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said the explosion was not an attack but was caused by a missile as part of a test of air defenses’ response to a potential attack.
Some of the reports said a drone was shot down.
The blast came amid heightened tensions between Iran and world powers as Tehran raced forward with its nuclear enrichment. It came a day after nuclear negotiations were halted in Vienna, with Western countries saying Iran had come to the talks with unrealistic proposals.
Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities in Natanz have seen several reported attacks in recent years that have been attributed to Israel.
In April, the underground nuclear facility experienced a mysterious explosion that damaged some of its centrifuges. Last July, unexplained fires struck the advanced centrifuge assembly plant at Natanz, which authorities later described as sabotage.
The landmark 2015 nuclear accord — initially agreed between Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the US — began unraveling in 2018 when then-US President Donald Trump pulled out and reimposed sanctions, while Iran started to breach the deal publicly.
Israel has vowed that it will not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons.
AFP contributed to this report.
Notes from the Editor
If one thinks that Israel is going to sit idly by and allow Iran to develop nukes, they have not paid much attention to Israel’s actions over the last couple of years. Israel will never wait for someone to attack it; they will do what they must to neutralize a threat before it even materializes.
Even with this knowledge, the EU is pushing for the nuclear deal to be pushed forward, even though Iran has never shown any intention to abide by it. The Biden Administration continues the Obama Administrations’ policy of appeasement and surrender in desperation to get a deal, no matter how bad it is with the Iranian government.
As Iran gets closer to its goal of creating a bomb for itself, the likelihood of an Israeli attack rises. At this point, with Iran refusing to stop, an attack is all but certain.
While much of the world would condemn an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, like they did when Israel attacked and destroyed Iraq’s facilities, hindsight shows us that we were in debt to Israel for not having to face a nuclear-armed Iraq in our wars with them. If Israel does the same, the world will condemn but secretly will be glad they did.
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