Israel in Covert War with Iran?

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is in a covert war against the Iranian nuclear program, according to an article in Britain's Daily Telegraph, published Tuesday.

The article, quoting US intelligence sources, alleges that Israel is using assassins, double agents, front companies and sabotage to wage a clandestine war against the Islamic Republic's nuclear arms program.

"Disruption is designed to slow progress on the program, done in such a way that they don't realize what's happening," a former CIA officer told The Telegraph.

"The goal is delay, delay, delay until you can come up with some other solution or approach. We certainly don't want the current Iranian government to have those weapons," he said, according to the article.

The article also quoted a senior analyst from a private US intelligence service who said the operation focused on assassinating key people.

"With cooperation from the United States, Israeli covert operations have focused both on eliminating key human assets involved in the nuclear program and in sabotaging the Iranian nuclear supply chain," the security analyst said.

"As US-Israeli relations are bound to come under strain over the Obama administration's outreach to Iran and as the political atmosphere grows in complexity, an intensification of Israeli covert activity against Iran is likely to result," she said, according to The Telegraph.

But a former CIA chief was skeptical of the report.

"You cannot carry out foreign policy objectives via covert operations," the former counter-terrorism chief said.

"You can't get rid of a couple of people and hope to affect Iran's nuclear capability," he said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news

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