Why have been so many Iranian Scientists killed?

International Dec 13, 2020

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist who led Iran’s Nuclear weapons was assassinated last week when his car was sprayed with bullets in the town of Absrad 80km east of Tehran.

Israel and Iran had a close relationship from 1925 to 1979 due to Iran’s secular leadership, the two countries had thriving economies and they even combined military forces to develop technologies. But everything fell apart in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was overthrown by a religious leader called Ayatollah Khomeini. Under Khomeini, Iran became an Islamic republic and was ruled by Islamic law. Khomeini gave a political statement calling “The US and Israel Big and Little Satan”  The relationship continued to deteriorate with further Iranian leaders calling Israel’s exitance parasitic and for it to be eliminated.

In recent years a number of Iranian Nuclear Scientists have been assassinated by the Israeli intelligence agency in order to stop Iran’s Nuclear Project. In 2012 several Iranians were arrested after a plot to bomb diplomatic officials of Iraq was discovered. Today, tension centres on Israel’s fear of Iran obtaining Nuclear Weapons although Iran has repeatedly promised to never develop a Nuclear Missile. However, They have been caught attempting to do just that. But since Iran has operated as a religious state since 1979 there’s a little hope of the two making peace soon.

JCPOA(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and US presidential election’s link

Assassinations in which Israeli hands were suspected had stopped when JCPOA was signed on July 14, 2015, by Obama Administration, This was to ensure that the Islamic Republic of Iran would not develop a nuclear weapon and to ensure that the nuclear program would be exclusively peaceful. The Trump administration withdrew from the agreement to its retaliation, Iran began to stockpiling and enriching Uranium beyond JCPOA limits. With that, the strategy of targeted assassinations of high officials of the programme started. This strategy assumed urgency with the US election of Joe Biden who had expressed his desires to return to the JCPOA.

Israel link

Israel government is confident that Joe Biden will imperil Israel’s nuclear monopoly in West Asia. Some sources state that the assassination of Fakhrizadeh appears to be a part of a larger Israeli plan in conjunction with Saudi Arabia to force the US into taking strict military action against Iran. An Israeli-Saudi Nexus, when combined with President Trump, could culminate in a major military strike on Iran before he leaves the office. If the Iranian government launches attack Mr Netanyah (PM of Israel) would be able to persuade the US to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and If Iran shows restraint, Israeli would have shown up the Iranian regime as well while augmenting anti-American feelings in the country. That anti-American feeling would make it difficult for the Biden Administration to resume negotiations with Iran on reviving the JCPOA.

The fallout of the assassination while benefiting Israel will add to more instability in the region and will write a new chapter in the Middle East Cold War.

This article has been written by Sidddhesh Patil for The Paradigm

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