Tel Aviv: Yossi Cohen, head of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, has called on Israel to take more action against Iran. ‘Small operations for Israel’s security are as important as future wars. Therefore, Iran will realise that it will have to bear significant damage if it crosses the line,” Cohen said.
Mossad is known as the most powerful intelligence organisation in the world. The term of Mossad chief Cohen ends in the next few hours. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed David Barnea as the new head of Mossad in place of Yossi Cohen. Cohen, who has worked in Israel’s security agency for the past decade and has been the Mossad chief since 2016, was given an honorary doctorate on Sunday. While speaking at the event, the Mossad chief warned that they had no other choice but to step up actions against Iran.
‘Activity against the Iranian regime must be stepped up so that it understands that crossing the lines will cost it immense damage,’ Cohen said. The Mossad chief emphasised that strengthening Israel’s security was the foundation that enables them to live a meaningful life. At the same time, Cohen seems to have underlined the importance of actions against Iran, saying that ‘today’s security operation is no less important than tomorrow’s war’. Over the past five years, Mossad has carried out major operations and political developments under Cohen’s leadership.
As head of the Mossad, Cohen himself had infiltrated into Iran in 2018 and loaded thousands of documents, CDs, and files on the nuclear program into two trucks and brought them to Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had later revealed the evidence before the international media. The move made by the Mossad chief himself had astounded intelligence agencies around the world.
In the past two years, Iranian media have accused Israel of being behind mysterious bombings at Iran’s nuclear facilities, military bases and other hideouts linked to Iran’s military. Iran has blamed Mossad alone for being responsible for the explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility in April. The Abraham Accords with the UAE and Bahrain are claimed to have been possible due to Cohen’s efforts.
Meanwhile, a change of government is expected in Israel in the next two days. Word has it that a coalition government led by Naftali Bennett and Yer Lapid will likely replace Netanyahu, who has been in power in Israel for the past 12 years. In the wake of the events, the importance of Cohen’s warning on expanding action against Iran has grown.