Mossad director David Barnea, in his first public speech on Monday, warned that if Iran signs a new nuclear deal, it will not prevent the Mossad from conducting operations in Iran.
As Israel’s intelligence chief, Barnea said in a speech in Hebrew before the International Institute on Counterterrorism that ongoing negotiations between Iran, the US and other countries are “based on Iranian lies” and made it clear that Israel is not playing together. .
“It is important for me to emphasize that we are not participating in this game of turning a blind eye. We are not moving away from proven truth, we are based on facts,” Barnea said.
“Even if a nuclear deal is signed, that is not going to bring any immunity from Mossad activities,” he added. “From this step, as head of the Mossad, I want to make it clear that the Iranian regime will have no room for denial. The Mossad and its partners will expose and will continue to expose anyone behind attempted terrorist activities.”
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Barnea went on to warn that “Iranian leaders must be aware of the fact that the activation of any force against Israel directly or indirectly by proxy will be met with a very damaging action on Iranian soil.”
That means, he said, that even if a proxy group like Lebanon-based Hezbollah strikes Israel, the response will be directed at Iran, not Lebanon.
While a deal appeared to be nearing fruition, it could be some time before anything is finalized. A senior Israeli official told Israeli diplomatic correspondents yesterday that “at this point, it appears that the Iran deal will not be signed until at least after the midterm elections in the United States on November 8.”
When a deal is struck, Barnea warned, Iran will likely step up its aggression in the Middle East.
“The Iranian regime is trying to be cautious amid nuclear deal talks and we can only guess what will happen after there is no political pressure,” he said.
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Barnea returned from the US over the weekend after meeting with US officials about the potential deal. In the meetings, he said, he laid out the implications of signing the deal, which would include $90 billion for Iran in the first year and more each year after that, which he warned would be used to fund Iran’s terrorist proxies.
The head of the Mossad said on Monday that Israel had recently foiled “dozens of terrorist attacks abroad” targeting Jews and Israelis in Cyprus, Turkey, Colombia and “many other places”. The would-be perpetrators were caught in possession of “the means of murder”.
A plot in Turkey was stopped at the last second, Barnea recalls.
“We were a little ready to see an evil in our people,” he said. “Due to high-quality intelligence … we were able to prevent imminent terrorist attacks just moments before the trigger was pulled.” Barnea also thanked the cooperation of the Turkish authorities and other Israeli agencies.
Yonat Frilling of Fox News contributed to this report.