Amid the exit of Israel’s Mossad Chief, Yossi Cohen, both he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at the extent of Israel’s activity in the Islamic Republic in recent years; Netanyahu: I don’t want to and cannot detail all that we did to fight the ayatollah regime that threatens to annihilate us.
With Yossi Cohen departing from his position as Mossad Chief, he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reviewed their involvement inside the Islamic Republic on Monday. Cohen, who was a close ally of the PM, is to be replaced by David Barnea. According to a report from The Times of Israel, Cohen reflected on how Israeli intelligence had made it into the “heart” of Iran.
Cohen partnered with Netanyahu for the five years he held the post, and during the farewell ceremony, Netanyahu addressed him as one of the best to ever hold the position.
One can’t help but think of some of the critical events to take place throughout Iran over the last twelve months, including the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Republic’s head nuclear scientist. Additionally, the mysterious series of explosions, fires, and incidents at compounds all around the country last summer, which continue now. These two topics and the Israeli involvement connected to them was confirmed by the two leaders on Monday.
Yossi Cohen stated, “We penetrated into the heart of hearts of the enemy Iran. We acted to constantly gather intelligence and uncover its secrets, and undermined its self-confidence and haughtiness.”
Steering clear of all of the details, Netanyahu said, “I don’t want to and cannot detail all that we did to fight the ayatollah regime that threatens to annihilate us. This evening as well, most of these things in the realm of subterfuge should remain in the shadows.”
Before departing, Cohen warned that Israel needs to step up its approach to Iran, and the PM noted that David Barnea’s primary role would be to deter the regime.