State of Israel fears growing co-operation between Russia and Iran could lead to Moscow offering military tech to Tehran
The head of Israel’s chief intelligence agency has voiced concern that Russia might provide advanced munitions and raw materials to Iran, putting Israel’s security at risk.
Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute of Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on Sunday, Mossad Director David Barnea claimed that Tehran had supplied Moscow with kamikaze drones after the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict broke out in February 2022.
“Our fear is that the Russians will transfer to the Iranians in return what they lack, advanced weapons that will certainly endanger our peace, and maybe even our existence here,” Barnea said, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
Defective Iranian missile parts alleged to be part of an Israeli sabotage plot are seen in state television footage aired August 31, 2023. © AP / Islamic Republic of Iran News Network
Barnea accused Tehran of using “proxy teams” to attack Jews in Israel and abroad, warning that the Islamic Republic was seeking ways of procuring new missile technology and more powerful drones.
Ukraine and NATO members have accused Russia of using Iranian UAVs, most notably the Shahed-136, to strike Ukrainian cities. Moscow, however, insists that it has been only using domestically produced weapons.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in November 2022 that Tehran had delivered “a limited number” of drones to Russia, but months before Moscow launched its military operation in the neighboring state.
Earlier this month Iran had accused
accused Israeli intelligence of plotting to sell “faulty” parts for Tehran’s ballistic missile program through a foreign supplier, claiming the defective components were designed to explode.
Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Reza Talaei-Nik aired the allegations on state TV on Thursday night, saying Iranian intelligence had uncovered a “multi-year” sabotage operation intended to disrupt the country’s military development.
“Our intelligence forces detected the connectors before they entered the missile system,” the official said, referring to the malfunctioning missile parts. “The enemy did not understand that we detected [their plot], which means that they wanted to surprise us with an operation on defense systems but they were taken by surprise.”
He added that the operation would have crippled advanced military gear and cost the government millions in damages had it gone unnoticed, and said the Defense Ministry had already identified and removed the problematic connectors from the missile program.
Source Times of Israel/AFP/RT